Small but vibrant Indian community in Cincinnati area has stood up from time to time to support various causes in India. AID has actively collaborated with several of these Indian community groups. The nature of these engagements have been multifold – fundraising to support projects and natural disasters recovery efforts, organizing talks by activists to familiarize with ground situation in India, celebrating national festivals such as Independence and Republic Day, organizing art and essay competitions for students, exhibition & sale of hand crafted artistic products from rural parts of India etc.
2020 was the worst year for humankind in recent history due to COVID. To make things worse, some of the states in eastern India were hit by natural calamities such as cyclone AMPHAN. Indian community in Cincinnati stood strongly in support. Various events were hosted to bring awareness and raise funds:
Organized talks by Sankar Halder from MUKTI project (https://muktiweb.org/) and Ayesha Khatun from MBBCDS (http://www.mbbcds.org/) project to share ground reality of COVID and post Amphan situation in Sundarbans area. Both the events were widely attended by AID supporters throughout USA.
Punjabi community outreach to support Kheti Virasat Mission’s (https://khetivirasatmission.org/) short-term relief and mid-term rehabilitation efforts,
Marathi community outreach in collaboration with Triveni Mitra Mandal (http://www.triveni-mandal.org/) in support of COVID helpline project run by SATHI (https://sathicehat.org/) in Pune and adjoining rural areas.
Greater Cincinnati Tamil Sangham raised funds that were used to support various COVID relief efforts by Eureka / AID India.