Action Village India

Action Village India

Charity information

Action Village India

Action Village India (AVI) is a UK-based charity working for change in rural India for 28 years. India’s rapid economic development has left hundreds of millions of people untouched and has destroyed the homes and livelihoods of millions more. It is those marginalised people that AVI’s partners work with, in the Gandhian tradition of nonviolent action, to right economic and social injustice.

Founded 1992

  • Mission statement

    Action Village India (AVI) works to secure the rights and livelihoods of India’s rural poor. We support six grassroots partners to deliver projects focused on girls’ education, health, land rights, agriculture and womens’ development in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.

    AVI has worked in India for 28 years and directly sent £3 million to our partners. In this time India has changed dramatically - the economy growing at a rate of 7% a year over the two decades, and a rapidly growing middle-class. Yet, over 400 million (a third) of India’s population still live in poverty, 70% of them in rural India. India is also home to 40% of the world’s malnourished children. AVI’s work today focusses on the millions who have been left behind by India’s economic development.

  • Aims

    Action Village India aims to:

    • To give a voice to the most vulnerable and marginalised people and communities in rural India whose lives have been adversely affected by its economic development.
    • To support civil society organisations in India whose aim is to work with these people and communities.
    • To develop opportunities to share good practice amongst our partners and provide them with high-quality technical support to maximise their efforts to achieve their objectives.
    • To increase awareness and promote debate In the UK about the invisible plight of India’s rural poor and to have a positive impact on wider International Development agenda.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1992

    Registered Charity Number: 1118845

    Board members: 10

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 70

    Phone number: 02072415125

    Address: 5 Balls Pond Road N1 4AX

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