American Friends of HelpAge India (AFHI), was established in 2019 to help India’s disadvantaged and vulnerable elderly population lead healthy, active and dignified lives, free from poverty, suffering and abuse.
Our elders in India however are often forgotten, excluded and even marginalized and abused. Today, as concepts of equity, equality and inclusion are becoming mainstream. not just in the United States but globally as well – our marginalized elders need to be part of the equation.
AFHI exists to address this specific concern – we are committed to the needs of the elderly – to give the voiceless a voice and say in their own destiny.
AFHI thus raises funds and awareness in the United States in support of HelpAge India, the leading non-profit organization serving the disadvantaged elderly. AFHI in essence harnesses the power of the Indian American diaspora and well-wishers of India to support HelpAge India’s programs and on-ground initiatives geared towards at-risk elders.
Today, India has a projected elder population of about 138 million. As per the UN Population Fund’s State of World Population 2019 report, the share of India’s older population (60 years or above) is projected to increase by nearly 20 per cent by 2050. Ageing is also a global concern as highlighted by HelpAge International’s Global Age Watch Index, which finds that by 2050, older people will make up more than one-fifth of the global population.
While India has the world’s second largest elderly population, it unfortunately also ranks at #73 in the Global Index for elder care. Through AFHI we aim to raise funds to provide services that support India’s elders – people that are often forgotten by the mainstream but need the most love and support.
A world in which elders are cared for and included within the mainstream; where they have access to nutrition, quality healthcare, livelihood support and economic stability.
To advance the cause and care of the disadvantaged and vulnerable elderly so that they may lead healthy, active and dignified lives.
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Awareness health camps
Abandoned elderly rescued
Linked to government schemes.