American India Foundation raises $200,000 for rural initiative

INITIAaiflogoFounded in 2001 on the initiative of then President Bill Clinton, the American India Foundation (AIF) has raised $200,000 at its annual Washington DC Gala for its Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) that’s function is to reduce maternal and child mortality in rural, impoverished areas in India.

Over 250 influential guests from the US and Indian governments attended the evening at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, as did corporate leaders, A health worker from Jharkhand, Mamta Mahato, 26, was featured and she shared that training from AIF’s MANSI programme has enabled her to safely deliver over 90 healthy newborns in her village.

Film writer and poet Javed Akhtar was honoured at the event and he addressed the current development challenges in India and highlighted the contribution of AIF’s initiatives in female literacy and empowerment.

Venkatesh Raghavendra, AIF senior director thanked the young leaders of the greater Washington DC area for taking ownership of the AIF cause.