How does AID support projects in India?

All projects funded by AID are initiated by grass-roots NGOs based in India. These organizations submit project proposals to our central database or directly to chapters in the US (visit for more information). Each chapter's Overall Project Coordinator and volunteers regularly scan these proposals for promising projects. Interested volunteers then choose to coordinate a proposal and recommend the proper action to the chapter. Each project undergoes a stringent process of review and evaluation. The NGO's past work, achievements, mode of operation, finances required, and the cause being affected are a few of the aspects thoroughly examined. Once a project is deemed viable, sustainable, and worthy, the chapter approves it. Based on the recommendation of the project coordinator and a majority vote in the CSH, the chapter funds the project. 

What is the typical life cycle of a project?

We have a standard project proposal form which will be filled in by the NGO. The Volunteer who got the proposal gives an initial presentation. 

The chapter discusses the proposal and through the coordinator(s) submits any questions/issues that resulted from the discussion to the NGO. This stage is the crucial stage and we aim to understand the project as completely as possible. This stage can go through as many iterations as is needed. All efforts are made to ensure that a project visit is made and a first hand account of the NGO/Project is available. 
Proposal Decision: A decision is made on the project proposal and the necessary steps are taken to fund the approved project. 

This is an ongoing stage where the chapter obtains regular feedback on the progress of the approved project and works with the NGO/project beneficiaries towards the 'success' of the project.

AID Portland project areas

Over the past year our chapter has partnered with several non-governmental organizations working on diverse projects across India. Some of these are:

Social Justice:
Countless Indian citizens endure hazardous working conditions to earn a livelihood. The Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand is one of a handful of organizations in India fighting for the right to a safe and healthy environment at work. Last year AID Portland joined their struggle to ensure social justice for victims of Silicosis, and their families, in the mineral belt of Jharkhand. 

For eight years AID Portland has been an integral part of Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra's efforts in running eight schools in the slums of Patna, Bihar. During a visit last year, two AID Portland volunteers witnessed how they are changing the lives of nearly 300 students each year, and strengthening their families' belief in education as a way to improve their lives. This year, AID Portland is also helping the Eureka Superkidz project measurably improve the learning standards of primary school children in rural Tamil Nadu, setting an example for public education in India.

The Other Media provides local communities with the tools and skills to police environmental pollution in their own neighborhoods. Having achieved tremendous success in industrial zones around Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, this year AID Portland is helping them spread their efforts to other parts of the country. 

Chetana Vikas is another of our long-term partners educating and supporting the struggling farmers of about 100 villages around Wardha, Maharashtra. They have indigenously developed sustainable farming models suited to local needs and helped numerous agricultural families escape poverty and malnutrition. This year AID Portland is supporting a unique project to set up solar-powered fences to help farmers protect their crops from wildlife.