Aide et Action International (AEAI) is an INGO founded in 1981. AEAI operates in 32 countries reaching to more than 3 million people. It envisions a world where “dignity is ensured for all men and women through education” and its mission is “to make education a level for human development”.
AEAI was operational in India since 1981 and got registered in 1988 as a not-for-profit private limited company under section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956. Today the India operation is part of the South Asia operations that comprise Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. The AEAI-South Asia office cum AEA (India) office is located in Chennai.
In the past years, Aide et Action underwent different strategic phases which helped it grow and establish itself. In the year 2005, AEA India programme transitioned into AEA-South Asia. This step was taken based on the ETG* review and suggestions made thereafter analysing the changing scenario, emerging need, the strategic scope and advantage of doing so. In 2005, AEA not only expanded its reach within India, but also initiated interventions in Sri Lanka. By the end of 2009, interventions in India, which spanned across 18 states and one Union Territory, were managed by seven operational offices, and interventions were established in three locations of Sri Lanka. Interventions in Sri Lanka had commenced post Tsunami (Disaster response programme). In Nepal the interventions have been planned to address the issues of both Quality education and Livelihood education.
ETG*- Etats Généraux is the intensive and extensive exercise of consultation, carried out with various stakeholders including our partners communities and partner organisations to review and determine the future course of action.
Aide et Action International began its interventions in India in 1981. Over the years, it has evolved itself as an organisation. Today, Aide et Action International (AEAI) South Asia is working across 21 states in India. The programmes in India are managed through 7 sub-regional offices located in Jaipur, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Chennai. The South Asia Head quarter is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The South Asia regional offices are supported by the Finance, Migration information and Resource Centre (MiRC) and EduAction Units stationed in Chennai, Bhubaneshwar and Hyderabad respectively. The Human Resources & Organizational Development unit team is stationed in Bangalore. Our projects are implemented directly and with the support of local NGO partners.
Rangareddy & Medak
The AEA commenced intervention in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami in 2004. In 2006, the Employability skill training programme (iLEAD) was initiated in the southern part of the Country (Boossa, Galle District) to help the Tsunami survivors (youths) gain better employment opportunities that would assist in their rehabilitation. Soon demand for the programme motivated AEA to move into other locations.
With the internal conflict coming to an end in Sri Lanka, AEA intervened in the war affected Northern provinces (Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Killinochi and Jafna) to support rehabilitation of war affected youths and ex-combatants through the iLEAD programme. This was appreciated by the government of Sri Lanka as it added value to their efforts in rehabilitation. Today there are 09 iLEAD Centres operational in the war affected Northern and Eastern Provinces of which five centres located in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts are supporting the ex-combatants, war widows and the war displaced who had returned to their native lands especially from the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India. The iLEAD programme has been highly effective in the reconciliation, rehabilitation and rebuilding lives of the war affected and were clueless about their future.
Further, in Sri Lanka there is a growing population of youths interested in exploring new livelihood avenues than following traditional livelihoods (Farming, Tea Plucking, rubber tapping and gem mining). But due to lack of skills these youth often land up in petty jobs in the cities with no future. The iLEAD centres in Balangoda and Ehaliyagoda areas (Ratnapura District) provide skill building training for youths interested in exploring new avenues and help them access gainful employment.
Trincomalee and Jaffna districts
In the year 2009, Aide et Action initiated two projects in Nepal in partnership with two NGOs (UCEP and AASAMAN). The projects were based on the concepts of Back 2 Basics and iLEAD. While Back 2 Basics addressed education related issues faced by primary school children, the iLEAD which is a skill building programme trained under-privileged youths (18 to 30 years) in market based employability skills to gain better employment or undertake entrepreneurial ventures. The Back to Basics project is operational in Baglung and Saptari districts while the iLEAD programme reaches out to youths in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. The AEAI-Nepal office is based in Kathmandu.
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Recognizing the increasing unemployment challenges and increased migration of youth, the project “My Gakidh Village – My Beautiful village” was conceptualised by AEA and initiated in 2014, in partnership with the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. The project is first of its kind and designed to add value to the Gross National Happiness of the country through Eco Tourism and revival of traditional art by youths. The project is spread across 21 villages in Punaka district and focuses on;
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