About Us

Aide et Action International (AEAI) is a development organisation founded by Pierre-Bernard Le Bas in Paris, France (1981). In 2007, it established international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, Aide et Action International has a presence in 19 countries across Africa, South East Asia, South Asia and France. AEA India was the first country programme, initiated in 1981. AEAI spread throughout India (23 states), Sri Lanka (12 districts), Nepal (6 districts) and Bhutan(1 district), evolving as Aide et Action International – South Asia (AEAI-SA). AEAI-SA operates through nine offices – seven in India and one each in Colombo and Kathmandu. The South Asia headquarters is located in Chennai.

Our Focus

Access and Quality Education

Enabling all children, including dropouts, children never enrolled and slow learners to meet their education needs and successfully complete their education.

Inclusive education

Ensuring education for girls, children affected by migration, children suffering from social- and health-related stigma and children with disabilities.

Education for Global Citizenship

Building a new generation of children who are sensitive and constructive towards strengthening human rights, peace building, pluralism, comprehensive development and the environment.

Early Child Care and Education

Ensuring children make successful transitions from their regional languages and dialects usually the ones they are most comfortable with to speaking the language of instruction in the schools they attend.

Women Empowerment and Education

Ensuring the capacities of women are built through women’s institutions, thereby enabling them to address the denial of rights and entitlements especially violence against women, education and developmental needs.

Health Education and HIV/AIDS

Enhancing children’s awareness of HIV/AIDS and health and building the capacities of communities to develop healthcare and support programmes.

Livelihood education

Enhancing livelihood skills of youths and women, especially in the age group of 18 to 25 year old, to secure a sustainable livelihood and live a dignified life.

Education for Migrating Population

Addressing educational needs of children affected by migration due to internal displacement, distress conditions, cross-border movement and conflict.

Disaster Response, Mitigation and Preparedness

Addressing rehabilitation needs of affected communities with a special focus on educational needs of children and preparing communities on disaster risk reduction strategies.

We Believe

Aide et Action International believes in Education for All, and works towards providing education to the most vulnerable children from marginalised communities across the world.
It believes in Values that are free from all political and religious attachments – promotes the values of Liberty, Respect, Solidarity, Equity and Integrity.
AEAI has a Vision where dignity is ensured for all men, women and children through education.
Our Mission is to make education a lever for human development. We work with the objective to empower the marginalised communities to help them take control of their future and stand for their fundamental rights.
We are committed to

Free from all political and religious attachments, Aide et Action International undertakes to:
The Aide et Action International charter is the association’s raison d’être, shared by all our members. It guarantees our unity and coherence. Its values and principles are accepted by all our partners.

Our Board

South Asia Board Members

Rukmini Rao
Dr. Kedar B. Mathema
Board Member

Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha
Board Member

Ms. Vibha Puri Das
Board Member

India Board Members

Mr Sharad Chandra Behar
Ms Claire Calosci

Mr Sanjeev Kotnala
Board Member

Our Team

Ravi Pratap Singh
Regional Director
Aishwarya Mahajan,
Regional Head – Livelihood Education
David Willaims
Regional Head- Finance and Administration
Regional Head – Programme Development & Support
Sreedhar Rao
Regional Head – Human Resources & Organizational Development
Umi Daniel
Regional Head- Migration
Meera Shankar
International Coordinator – Sponsorship

Our Partners

Companies & Foundations

American India Foundation, Accenture Services, Channel Foundation, Cognizant Foundation, HCL Technologies, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, HSBC – Canara life Insurance, India Cements, L'oreal India, Schneider Electrical, Tech Mahindra, Microsoft Corporation – Youth Spark, Concern India, Jocknick Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Tax Free World Association (TFWA), Google Foundation, Hemant Kothari Foundation

Government Agencies

Bihar Rural Livelihood Project, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Development Support Agency of Gujarat (DSAG), Gujarat Urban Development Mission (GUDM), International Fund for Agricultural Development, Mahila Samakhiya, Ministry of Rural Development (SGSY Himayat), Rajasthan State Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC), Punjab State Aids Control Society and Government of Meghalaya

International Donor Agencies

International Fund for Agriculture Development, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), World Vision & Asian Development Bank


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