Assam Foundation for North America

Assam Foundation of North America, Inc. (AFNA) is a publicly supported non-profit organization with foundation status serving since 1982, under section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code with tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) with Tax ID. #: 61-0994468.AFNA encourages and facilitates organizational and individual efforts to further mutual understanding and co-operation between Assam and North America. Assam is a state in the Northeastern part of India and is considered among the backwards states with decade long problems such as insurgency and ethnic conflicts among others. To address the many problems, AFNA assists grassroot institutions in promoting social, cultural, technical, m...

Assam Foundation for North America
2265 Valentano Dr
Dublin, CA 94568
United States
4152978319
http://www.assamfoundation.net/

President

Satyajit Nath

Board of Directors

Ankur Bora, Anu Bora, Nripen Barua, Pallav Saikia, Binoy Bordoloi, Enakshi Baruah, Satyajit Nath, Krishanu Kaushik

Project Leaders

Pinky Pradhan
Pallav Saikia

Mission

Assam Foundation of North America, Inc. (AFNA) is a publicly supported non-profit organization with foundation status serving since 1982, under section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code with tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) with Tax ID. #: 61-0994468.AFNA encourages and facilitates organizational and individual efforts to further mutual understanding and co-operation between Assam and North America. Assam is a state in the Northeastern part of India and is considered among the backwards states with decade long problems such as insurgency and ethnic conflicts among others. To address the many problems, AFNA assists grassroot institutions in promoting social, cultural, technical, medical and educational exchanges between Assam and North America. It encourages and recognizes contributions toward the betterment of Assam and toward the promotion of goodwill and friendship between Assam and North America. It also channelizes humanitarian efforts at the time of natural disasters in Assam and North America. AFNA is also committed to serve any other cause deemed worthy of assistance and mutual co-operation. AFNA is also working with like minded organization including Asha for Education and Association for India's Development(AID) specially in educational projects at the primarily level. AFNA is also collaborating with Foundation for Excellence (FFE) and with North South Foundation to support students in completing higher education. AFNA believes in collaboration and cooperation. One of the objective of AFNA is to reach out to the corporate world to receive support for it's projects. In the year 2011 , AFNA applied Rickshaw Bank, a project of the Centre for Rural Development (CRD) for tech awards. The Rickshaw Bank was named as a laureate of the Flextronics Economic Development Award 2011. AFNA also strives to promote local events like Charity Run , cultural events for a cause , charity cross county bikes and others in the US and Assam. AFNA also supports raising funds for natural calamities like earthquake , flood and natural disasters. Apart from this, it also publishes it's newsletter in a quarterly basis and also a magazine named Friends. The AFNA newsletter and the magazine Friends publishes the activities of AFNA and also success stories of Assamese Diaspora who went abroad, have made their mark in a foreign country and also contributing successfully to their motherland.

Programs

Support a Child is a flagship program of Assam Foundation of North America (AFNA) for contributing to the underprivileged students in Assam. This interactive program has been received with success and appreciation from the community and we hope to bring changes into the lives with these children and give them an opportunity to enjoy their rights. AFNA has provided the platform for formation Society for Social Transformation and Environmental Protection (sSTEP), a student led development organization working on both urban and rural poverty issues in Guwahati, Assam. Rickshaw bank : The Rickshaw Bank presents a remarkable opportunity to directly help the bottom of the pyramid worker, in a sustainable, entrepreneurial way. Founder Dr. Pradip Sarmah has identified a hard-working, largely migrant population that - primarily for lack of credit and legal identification/recognition - struggles to make a daily living. His project did elevate the Rickshaw pullers who were struggling to meet both the ends of their life to be a socially responsible entrepreneur. AFNA is proud of his effort that has been able to motivate western intellectuals to stand beside him. AFNA applied Rickshaw Bank, a project of the Centre for Rural Development (CRD) for tech awards. The Rickshaw Bank was named as a laureate of the Flextronics Economic Development Award 2011. Atma Nirbhar - Ek Challenge: Atma Nirbhar is an economic rehabilitation and empowerment project for the disabled giving them an opportunity to work with dignity and self-reliance. The project generates income, wherein tea and spices are packaged and marketed. The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People awarded Mr. Das with the "Shell Helen Keller Award" in the year 2000 for his tireless and inspiring work for the disabled.AFNA has been supporting this project financially. Parijat Academy: Seven years before the Right to Education Bill was introduced in the Parliament, Uttam Teron, a young man from Pamohi, 20 km from Guwahati, dreamt of 100 per cent literacy for the children of his village. Education was the lowest priority in this Karbi-dominated hamlet and most children, especially girls, helped their parents in the fields. This changed when Teron began the Parijat Academy in a cowshed in 2003 with just four students. Today, the school, with a small hostel, provides free education to 502 students of which 256 are girls. Uttam has shown great courage , determination and dedication to uplift these children from their helpless state and give them hope and happiness through education and a better way of life.AFNA is supporting teacher salary , books and others. Society for Health and Educational Development (SHED): Lanu A Aimol, who works in the Composite Regional Centre for Persons with Disabilities in the Guwahati Medical College, runs an NGO called Society for Health and Educational Development (SHED)-a residential rehabilitation center for special needs children in Bhetapara, Guwahati. He exemplifies the fact that even a small step can initiate immense changes. It needs immense courage, great compassion, and exceptional dedication for an individual to put all his energy and time and take responsibility for these special children. Lanu A Aimol has done more and beyond. SHED has been making significant progress in the development of the children, some of whom are autistic.AFNA is supporting teacher salary , books and others.

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