This year has seen India suffer the effects of several natural disasters – the tsunami, torrential rains and cyclones and the Kashmir earthquake. With your kind support, Association for India’s Development ( A.I.D.) has been able to play a useful role in reconstruction efforts. As we enter the Season of Giving, we ask ourselves: What about the millions of needy Indians in places which didn’t suffer from natural disasters?

Neju and Koshy of Vimukti continue to work with the Dalit women in 15 villages of Raichur dist. of Karnataka, building livelihoods through community farming and terracotta jewelry as well as protecting land rights. The Rural Technology Resource Centre started by AID-India in the Orissa-Andhra border area is training villagers in making inter-locking bricks, embroidery and organic farming. A.I.D. is supporting about 100 such projects in various parts of India.

We appeal to you to continue your generous support so that these efforts can continue in 2006, and even multiply. AID’s regular projects need more than $500,000 every year, and these funds come from individual donors like you. Please make a donation – one-time or periodical – through our One For India campaign:

You can also send the One for India E-cards and Tell a Friend feature on the website to urge your friends and family to donate. You can be the drop that creates a ripple and culminates into a wave of courage, commitment and change.

Several key projects have been showcased on the One for India website. Soon, you will also receive our newsletter Dishaa, as well as a special Tsunami Rehabilitation newsletter.

Volunteers of A.I.D. wish you and your family an enjoyable holiday season and a happy and successful new year. Let us share our holiday joy with our partners – the people in villages and city slums in India.

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