Remittance Projects in South Asia
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Charitable Foundation
AAPI-CF serves remote areas of India by establishing free clinics in different states and providing outreach programs for disease prevention and education. It aims to stimulate AAPI physicians to financially support but also provide their professional skills in remote areas in India since 1989. It organizes fund raising events, gathers donations and grants scholarships to interested physicians wishing to support India’s health sector.
The non-profit organization, Al Sarwar Trust, has constructed a hospital in a remote area in Pakistan to supply for much needed health care in the community, especially for women and children. To strengthen the utilization of the hospital, the project funded complementary infrastructural projects, such as roads to the hospital for easy access, a non-profit department store, and a post office inside the hospital premises to take into account the far-off location of the community hospital.
In Hobiganj, Bangladesh, a migrant’s family has set up a business focused on producing fish for farmers in the surrounding areas for eventual off-set at the market. The hatching production process is organized by the migrant’s family, which was made possible through remittances. The project started as a family business, and now employs 20-40 people from the community year round.
India Development Foundation for Overseas Indians
India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is a not-for-profit trust registered by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, to provide a window for Overseas Indian Philanthropy in India’s Social Development. The objective of the Foundation is to facilitate philanthropic activities by Overseas Indians through innovative projects and instruments such as micro credit for rural entrepreneurs, self help groups for economic empowerment of women, best practice interventions in primary education and technology interventions in rural health care delivery.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Prokolpo
The initiative was undertaken in June 2010 by 12 NRBs from UAE & Malaysia. The scheme specializes in beef fattening and duck rearing. Initially US$ 400 was invested which has now increased to US$ 2000. This scheme is community based collective remittances investment scheme.