In the wake of the twin tragedies in Gujarat, AID has
been involved with sevaral initiatives to rebuild the lives
of affected people. AID-Raleigh approved community development project in Kasai ki Chali, a riot affected area of Ahemdabad. The project was initiated as an independent effort by two individuals Ajay Raina and Leya Mathew from Mumbai. The two main components of the project are:
1. A non-formal school for the children of the chali that
will provide them with a creative space and a milieu
conducive to their positive overall development free of
hatred and resentment.
2. A sewing and handmade paper workshop for women
of the chali, that will serve as a livelihood generation
program. The renumeration from the sale of goods produced in the workshop will help sustain the school in the long term. Funds from AID will be used for operational expenses for a year. The daily affairs of the school and the workshop will be managed by senior members of the Chali. Ajay and Leya expect that the project will help rekindle a community spirit that was fractured by the turn of events. The project went through a two month review process which included a site visit by an AID volunteer, Mokshay Madhiman from Brown University.