Nisha Mandani, our founder, hails from India, where she was raised experiencing first-hand the crippling poverty and abject prejudice that affects much of the nation. About 60 million Indian children under age 6 live below the poverty level, leading many of them to become one of India’s 17 million child laborers, more than any other country in the world. In addition, women often struggle to obtain the same resources that are provided to men, and as a result 1 in 3 girls do not live to see their 15th birthday. Our AIM Foundation has founded schools to address these issues head-on, as we believe improving access to education will be a key factor in limiting the number of children forced into hard labor and increasing the number of girls who can pursue their own interests and dreams. Our trade programs in India teach women and girls sewing, jewelry-making, and various other crafts-based disciplines that will allow them to become financially self-sufficient in the long-term. We’ve also worked with local organizations to pair hundreds of orphaned children with new and loving families. These programs are helping to make India a better and more equitable place for all.
Gender inequality is a major problem in India. Women are often considered second-class citizens. They are trapped in domestic roles and nearly 75% of women in India work in agricultural roles, according to the world. bank. The UN reports that 80% of women have "vulnerable jobs." That's why we at Our AIM Foundation believe in the empowerment of women. We seek to achieve success in this mission through education. We hope through this pursuit, we can give young girls more opportunities for success and independence in their lives by teaching them skills that will create a foundation for their futures.
With our Women's Trade Centre, we have helped over 25,000 women work toward acquiring trade skills to achieve financial independence. Through our trade school, the women we teach can go on to become seamstresses, tailors, and open up their own clothing stores, so that they can control their own destiny, no longer beholden to vulnerable jobs working in the fields.
According to studies, India has more than 20 million orphans. Some organizations estimate more than 25 million. India has almost the highest population of blind people in the world. Our AIM supports over 50,000 kids with our schools, where we also provide meals to at-risk children. Many children also suffer from acute malnutrition and don't get enough to eat. Our Aim Foundation distributes meals to tens of thousands of children every day.