Welcome to AID, Bay Area Chapter

Compassion wherever there is suffering. Conviction that the compassion is strong enough to eliminate suffering. Courage to make this conviction a reality. This is AID...

Association for India's Development (AID) is a volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. In solidarity with non-violent people's struggles, AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social justice.


Land, Livelihood and Law: A workshop on land rights by Ajay Kumar, June 7th @ 2PM

Ajay Kumar has decades of experience in the land rights struggle and in-depth knowledge of laws and policies that the landless can use to obtain land and / or to obtain rights to the land they have been cultivating. More broadly his work ensures that democracy reaches the last mile, be that in the interior forests, hilltop villages, undocumented villages, internally-displaced peoples' settlements etc and that people living in these neglected / exploited areas know how to assert their rights and gain their entitlements as provided by law.
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Zero Waste Management: A talk by C Srinivasan, June 21st @ 2:00 PM

Srinivasan C started his journey in environmental efforts as the only participating Indian corps member of King County World Conservation Corps, Seattle, USA in the year 1997. He serves currently on the Steering Committee on Solid Waste Management in the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission. Srinivasan C has coined the term Solid and Liquid Resource management to process several by-products which otherwise if untreated is called a waste. Through his pioneering work and vision, Srinivasan is responsible for initiating SLRM projects in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, among several other states of India. Srinivasan C’s association with Association for India’s Development dates back to his pioneering work in Vellore Hill Restoration project. This project was later adopted with his help in Payvihir Eco Village which won United Nations Development Program award in 2014. Srinivasan’s work was highlighted in popular TV series Satyamev Jayate and his work in Jodhpur was inaugurated by Mr. Aamir Khan on August 15, 2014. He coordinated the efforts with Khoj in Melghat to construct Maharashtra’s biggest community biogas plant with total 70 bio-digesters. Alongside, with his work in Coimbatore SLRM his next venture is SLRM centers in Ambikapur, Chattisgarh as part of Swach Ambikapur Mission.

David vs. Goliath: A fisher community's struggle against corporate power, a talk by Bharat Patel, May 31st @ 10:30 AM

Dr. Bharat Patel from Machhimar Adhikar Sangarsh Sangathan (MASS, Association for the Struggle for Fishworkers’ Rights), a movement aimed at strengthening fisheries livelihoods and countering the threats of industrial and infrastructure expansion in the ecologically sensitive area. Dr. Patel was the keynote conference speaker at the recently concluded annual AID conference in Austin. For his efforts, Dr. Patel has received numerous awards. We trust this will be a fantastic opportunity for you to hear about Dr. Patel’s work (which AID Bay Area supports in a small way). Come join us to learn about how a small fishing community bravely stands against the might of powerful corporate interests. Dr. Patel will talk about this and other stories from the ground.
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