FIDA was awarded the CERTIFICATE OF MERIT at the World CSR Congress & Awards, held on the 17th February, 2017 …read more

Our Story

The idea of “FIDA” was conceived during the 20th year reunion of the 1984-86 batch of Loyola Junior College with a desire to give something back to society.

We were keen to work in the field of education with a hazy notion of extending to under privileged children, some measure of the learning environment we shared at Loyola.

Success in the field of education could be leveraged into broader areas of health and sanitation, employment generation and social empowerment.

Through the children, we aim at reaching out to impoverished families for physical, economic and social empowerment.

To Enable Change

We envisioned an “Adopt a School, Adopt a Village” model, to reach out to the underprivileged children and their families.

We set out in search of a school, preferably located within 100 km of Pune city, to facilitate regular interaction. After interactions at several rural schools, we finally zeroed in on the tribal Ashramshala at Wadeshwar in Maval taluka.

Adopt a School, Adopt a Village

Thus began a mutually fulfilling relationship that binds us together

Vision
FIDA envisions an India that is based on holistic development of its citizens with specific emphasis on rural development through access to quality education, health care and employment opportunities.

Mission
FIDA’s mission is to ensure rural development in an atomistic fashion through the creation of quality education infrastructure and access to the disadvantaged children in society. Success in educational efforts are to be leveraged into broader areas such as health care, employment generation, gender sensitization and social empowerment.

Objectives
Capacity building activities through primary, secondary schools and colleges; skill upgradation, health and sanitation programmes, teachers training, creation of economic opportunities and networking with existing non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The First Step

Friends for India’s Development and Assistance (FIDA) is a Non Governmental Organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

FIDA activities were initiated on Republic Day’ 2006 by distributing footwear to around 450 children to reduce the risk of snake bites and skin infections amongst them, especially during the rainy season ……… thus laying the stepping stones to a mutually enriching relationship.