Azad India Foundation aims at the empowerment of grass root communities with active participation of rural women via rural welfare reforms for woman and girl children, health, education and self-employment in Kishanganj, Bihar.
Main activities of Azad India Foundation:
Education and Literacy: Azad Public School has contemporary facilities like computers, libraries and extracurricular activities for children in the villages. AIF has three months’ free basic computer courses for poor college students to familiarize them with latest technology. AIF is an OBE center (open basic education) of National Open School which provides free distant education for adults. The main focus of their Project Badhtey Kadam is to provide primary education to the children from 6-14 and then mainstreaming them to the formal schools. Project Aalima runs learning centers for girl children. Project Sanjivini supported by National Foundation of India to educate and provide information to the adolescent rural girls about their reproductive and sexual health.
Equality and Women empowerment: Skill training program provides women vocational training to make them independent. AIF has provided employment to 35 rural women who work as literacy teachers and health animators. AIF has 10 SHGs for community women to encourage them to participate in their development and work on day-to-day problems through small savings. Project Aman aims to make the community aware about legal rights and implications and provide legal support to marginalized victims of local cases of violence and discrimination.
Community Health: Under Project Disha, AIF seeks to improve the health profile of rural communities of nearly 37 villages with emphasis on safe motherhood in three years. The project will train women on RCH issues, health rights and facilitate formation of SHGs in the intervention area. AIF’s fieldworkers organize awareness programs on diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, polio and benefits of immunization etc. in various villages
Disaster management: Azad India Foundation with the support from Save The Children carried out extensive relief work in 4 blocks of Kochadaman, Kishanganj, Thakurganj and Pothia. AIF gave away relief material to 2250 households and livelihood kits to 80 people when the river Mahananda flooded.