American India Foundation’s LAMP Program

 

American India Foundation (AIF) Image: aif.org
American India Foundation (AIF)
Image: aif.org

 

A former fabric and textiles manager at Pressman Gutman Company, Inc., Asha Pabla attended Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University). Despite having studied in the United States, Asha Pabla remains faithful to her roots by supporting organizations such as the American India Foundation (AIF).

AIF has been addressing the underlying causes of poverty in India since its inception in 2001, when former President Bill Clinton and India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee recognized the need for a philanthropy platform in response to the devastation wreaked by the Gujarat earthquake.

One of AIF’s initiatives, the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), recognizes the effects of migration on children. Laborers from rural areas often uproot their families and migrate to hazardous sites, such as salt pans, in search of better financial opportunities. During the migration period, which can last up to 8 months, children are forced to stop school, thus creating an educational gap. LAMP works in these remote regions to provide children with access to education and residential hostels for a safe environment.