American Association for the Social Advancement of India (AASAI) is a nonprofit organization involved in helping the poor and under-privileged in India. AASAI in involved in supporting several charitable projects in India in the areas of Child Welfare and Education, Health Services for the poor, Home and Welfare for women and the elderly.
From Chairman’s Desk
American Association for Social Advancement of India (AASAI) founded in 1999 with ardent
desire and humility for social service. We wish to share our AASAI (which means “ardent
desire” in Tamil) with you. May be it is your desire too. Please join us; together we can
Modern India, like any other developing society is a nation of economic polarities. At one end the affluent, rich and privileged with unlimited resources, and facilities to enjoy all the material comforts and pleasures that money can buy; unlimited opportunities to maintain and enhance their status. At the other end the stark poor live in slums, surrounded by squalor and filth without the bare necessities for mere existence with little or no hope for future. Such dire contrasting and harsh life circumstances perpetuate poverty, lead to vagrancy, begging, petty crimes; they are the root causes for social evils. Mental health and ill treatment and abuse of children, elderly and women are also the social ills faced by many. AASAI aims to bring hope to the underprivileged and the destitute and work toward their betterment, create fun and provide work and learning opportunities, assist skill-building and self-help.
AASAI’s target groups for its mission are children/young adults, senior citizens and the old, and women. AASAI feels the hunger for service and desire for lifting up the poor and destitute so that they too can build a life for themselves, be independent and enjoy a secure and productive life. With wisdom and prudent thinking we focus our efforts on certain specific target groups and activities in such a fashion they can bring synergy to the whole.
Sincerely hope and wish your continued support for these worthwhile projects.
On May 22, 1998, my good friend Ms. Mala Umapathy was visiting us at Maryland. She joined me in my usual evening walk. We discussed several issues. I was inquiring her welfare and how she is managing after a great tragedy that fell upon her and the family. She very calmly replied that she is getting along fine and discussed in greater detail how she was able to overcome the calamity. Though one never really recovers from such a shock, her positive attitude, mental focus and clear perspectives to face the life’s challenge amazed me. She said that she sets aside part of the day just for herself when she meditates and how this meditation has helped her immensely. Observing my interest in pursuing such a path for myself, she promptly gifted me with a book: Words To Live By - Inspiration for Everyday by Ekanath Eswaran. What a remarkable book! Continuing our walk and delightful conversation she inquired how I am doing. I described to her how I have always wanted to do some social service. I would like to pursue social service and repay my gratitude to this great society for all that has been given to me so far. I told her that in a few years after my retirement I would devote my life helping the poor, a sort of repayment to the society. Mala said immediately “why wait until retirement”? She recalled a thought that nothing should be postponed because “tomorrow sometimes never comes”. While everybody intuitively knows this, the way she said and the sincerity in that statement, made me think. In that moment I knew that AASAI was born.
In the words of Oscar Wilde “It is not a thing for which one can render formal thanks in formal words. I store it in the treasure-house of my heart. I keep it there as a secret debt that I am glad to think I can never possibly repay”.
|Dr. K. Subramanian||President|
|R. Muralidharan||Director and Treasurer|
|Dr. C. Gopinath||Director|
|Nalini Gopinath||Director and Updates from beneficiary NGOs|
|Abirami Balasubramaniyan||Website Administration|
|Dr. Durga V. Subramanian||Donor communications and updates|
|Jothi Raghavan||Cultural events (and fund raisers).|