Indian Diaspora in the US Donates One Million Dollars for Bharat Ke Veer

~American India Foundation (AIF) hands over cheque of Rs Seven Crore to Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India~

Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs (second from left), receiving the cheque for Rs 7 Crore from Mathew Joseph, AIF Country Director (third from left), in New Delhi on May 8, 2019.

New Delhi, May 8, 2019: The American India Foundation (AIF) today handed over a cheque of Rs. 7,08,80,803.76 (Seven Crore Eight Lakh Eighty Thousand Eight Hundred Three) to Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, towards Bharat Ke Veer corpus. This contribution of approximately one million dollars was raised by around 25000 members of the Indian diaspora in the United States through a fundraising campaign on Facebook, led by Vivek Patel and supported by Aditya Singh and Mugdha Gangopadhyay, to help the families of the martyred security forces, who lost their lives during the Pulwama attack in February 2019.

AIF is a collective philanthropic platform that has mobilized more that $125 million and invested it in long term sustainable outcomes covering education, livelihoods, and health in India.

On the occasion, AIF’s CEO Nishant Pandey said, “The tragic circumstances under which security forces lost their lives has brought about a strong emotional binding amongst members of the Indian diaspora in USA. Spontaneous and generous action from the diaspora, channelled by Vivek Patel and Facebook, converted into this generous contribution. It is a tribute to India’s Bravehearts and yet another example of the power of the community in the US to empower communities in India. We are grateful for the cooperation extended by Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, Vijay Kumar, CRPF DIG & Nodal Officer Bharat Ke Veer, and Facebook.

Mathew Joseph, Country Director, AIF, added, “Throughout AIF’s history, with support of the Indian diaspora in the USA, we have responded to devastation and disaster. We are proud to support this effort to contribute to Bharat Ke Veer. While the loss of security personnel cannot be compensated, we believe that the contribution made to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus will help the affected families to rebuild their lives.”

About AIF: The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 5.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at

As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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