American India Foundation (AIF) has collected $200,000 for its Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) programme, designed to reduce the maternal and child mortality in the rural regions in India.
The funds were collected through a pledge drive during AIF’s annual gala at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, the US.
The event was attended by over 250 influential dignitaries from the US and Indian government representatives, and eminent across various domains including corporate and entrepreneur leadership, media, and philanthropy. Some of the influential guests include Mamta Mahato, a 26-year old health worker from Jharkhand and she shared that training from AIF’s MANSI programme has enabled her to safely deliver over 90 healthy newborns in her village.
Mr. Javed Akhtar, the noted Indian film writer, lyricist, and poet, Arun Kumar Singh, Indian Ambassador to the US; Teresa Carlson, Vice President of the Global Public Sector at Amazon; etc were also among the dignitaries attending the event. Mr. Venkatesh Raghavendra, AIF senior director thanked the contributors for taking ownership of the AIF cause.
AIF was established in 2001 under the initiative of the former US president Bill Clinton, as a community organisation involved in accelerating social and economic transformation in India.