An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 60 medical camps, treated more than 12,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 2,600 students across 217 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.

About

Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.

Progress

Snapshot

Reach of Our Initiative

Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.

Hindustan
9 March 2019

175 patients attended to, free of cost, at medical camp

Hindustan

3 May 2019

Hindustan

11 March 2019

Projectors donated to six schools

Free medical checkup provided to more than 300 patients

 

Projects

Education  Sponsorship

Education

Your contribution of Rs. 7,200 will provide 1 year of

Imagine,

families having to make a choice - between feeding their children or educating them.

 

It does not have to be this way ...

AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.

Our Mission

"No child should be deprived of Education due to poverty"

Get Involved

You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery

Free Medical Camps

Health

The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.

Get Involved

You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps

Schools

Infrastructure

Contact Us

An Initiative Touch Your Soul

97, Mount Kailash

East of Kailash

New Delhi - 110 065

India

Amit: +91 98182 27702

Aashish: +91 88020 23316

 

contact@aitys.in

Email Us

Website: Conceptualised, designed and executed by AITYS volunteers

Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.

Email Us

Get Involved

An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 60 medical camps, treated more than 12,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 2,600 students across 217 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.
Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Email Us
Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee

Progress

Snapshot

Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.

Imagine,

families having to make a choice - between feeding their children or educating them.

 

It does not have to be this way ...

Your contribution of Rs. 7,200 will provide 1 year of

You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email. Email Us
An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.
Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email. Email Us
An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.
Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Founder and Managing Trustee
Madhu Chowdhry

Progress

Snapshot

Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.

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families having to make a choice - between feeding their children or educating them.

 

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AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.

"No child should be deprived of Education due to poverty"

You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Email Us
An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.
Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee
Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.

Progress

Snapshot

Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Email Us

Website: Conceptualised, designed and executed by AITYS volunteers

An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.

EDUCATION

HEALTH

Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee
Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Email Us

Contact Us

An Initiative Touch Your Soul

97, Mount Kailash

East of Kailash

New Delhi - 110 065

India

Amit: +91 98182 27702

Aashish: +91 88020 23316

 

contact@aitys.in

Website: Conceptualised, designed and executed by AITYS volunteers

An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.

EDUCATION

HEALTH

INFRASTRUCTURE

Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee
Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.

Progress

Snapshot

Reach of Our Initiative

Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
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"No child should be deprived of Education due to poverty"

AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps

Infrastructure

Schools
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
 Email Us

Contact Us

An Initiative Touch Your Soul

97, Mount Kailash

East of Kailash

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An Initiative Touch Your Soul (AITYS) is an all-volunteer charitable trust, with the objective to better the lives of the underprivileged. AITYS was founded by Madhu in 2012, with the belief that "No child should be deprived of education because of poverty." The intended aim is (but not limited) to provide education sponsorship for children, infrastructure support for schools in selected regions and free medical camps for the villagers. Over the years, AITYS has grown organically and gained success in its programs. Since its inception, AITYS has conducted 56 medical camps, treated more than 11,000 villagers and sponsored the education of 1,600 students across 210 villages, made possible through the generous funding of its contributors.
Madhu Chowdhry Founder and Managing Trustee
Madhu graduated from the J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and worked in Sales in USA. She however returned to India to care for her cancer ridden parents. It was tending to them that made Madhu realise the potential of performing sewa. While being perfectly comfortable with her life, a visit to Uttarakhand in 2008 presented to her a stark difference in living conditions of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand as compared to the city dwellers. Madhu heard the plight of a girl who was attacked by a bear and the family’s account of a nine hour turmoil to reach Rishikesh for medical aid. The incident brought about her decision to devote time for the benefit of those, who were economically deprived and faced scarcity of medical facilities. Thus, was born ‘An Initiative Touch Your Soul’ (AITYS) in the year 2012. The organisational & people skills acquired during her career combined with her zeal to serve the underprivileged, created the blueprint for the Charitable Trust. She simply states, “Somebody helped me get somewhere in life and now it is my turn to do the same. There are so many in need of help, deprived of basics like education and medical care. We need to reach out to the underprivileged and help them reach a level of self-sufficiency”. Over time, Madhu has brought together a team of eager volunteers with diverse skill-sets, and with their assistance has been expanding the scope of the Charitable Trust to what it is today. She, along with her team, has been able to raise funds to ensure that resources are available to help people in need. AITYS today qualifies for relevant Income Tax exemptions, is registered with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and complies with its requirements.
Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometers in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. AITYS area of operation has its epicentre in the region between Devaprayag and Pauri.
AITYS team has met multiple families living in poverty, making a choice between food and child’s education. Most of the villagers in rural Uttarakhand are seasonally employed and cannot afford their child’s secondary education. Many children are forced to dropout even before completing secondary education. Some can afford the school fees, but cannot afford to pay for books and uniforms. AITYS met a single mother who wanted to abandon her child as she could not even afford a single meal. The region has witnessed natural calamities that had worsened the situation such as the floods in 2013. Education projects run by AITYS have sponsored school fees, books, uniforms for children’s education and facilitated medical check-ups for entire families. AITYS team has regular interaction with families persuading them to let their children stay in school. The first education sponsorship project commenced in October 2013, at the time when floods devastated Uttarakhand in which thousands lost their livelihood, and many families, their only earning member. Poverty, however, is an ongoing phenomenon and there will always be hundreds of aspiring but helpless children who will not have the support for education. However, we have developed a bonding with the locals and have been able to identify, understand and relate to their needs and aspirations. Many villagers now meet the AITYS team and show their gratitude for the economic support received through the education projects. From a humble beginning of sponsoring 65 children in 2013, thanks to the generous contribution of our sponsors the number continues to grow. Our success lies in seeing a child holding up a sponsorship cheque knowing he or she will be able to continue the schooling for another year. Receiving basic apparel such as sweaters, shoes etc. brings about a certain confidence and make them smile. This reinforces our belief and conviction towards their welfare and betterment. Education is a child’s basic right. It is imperative that every child completes at least secondary education to give them the confidence to make a future for themselves and face the world.
You could help us fund for the following: Donate INR 7,200 for a child’s annual education;
 Sponsor for uniforms; tracksuits; winter apparel; school shoes and sports shoes;
 Contribute notebooks and stationery
The state of Uttarakhand is full of natural beauty and powerful spiritual experience, however the barren villages of Pauri Garhwal are an extreme contrast to the overall beauty. Madhu’s trip in 2008 to this region revealed the lack of facilities in villages without any hospitals, clinics, doctors and any other form of medical aid. Even more disheartening was the life of villagers who did not even have paracetamols and balms. Economic condition of the region is such that receiving basic free non-prescription medicines is considered a privilege. These conditions were major reasons for people to migrate to cities, abandoning their villages and elders. Our first medical camp was held in March 2012 with the conviction that everyone needs basic medical health care. While the intent to help was strong, the AITYS team did learn from the hardship of organizing the medical camp at a bus stop owing to the underdeveloped infrastructure in the region. However with the efforts of a local liaison informing villagers of a planned medical camp we have been able to expand our reach to help more villagers continuously. With each passing year villagers have helped spread the word of our medical camps, collecting at a designated location on a pre-planned date. AITYS team conducts several medical camps across the region throughout the year. These medical camps are setup for a few days allowing villagers to be able to reach from far and wide. Our continuous efforts along with villagers assisting in spreading the word, have helped medical camps attain its objective. The steady success of medical camps has now expanded to well over 150 patients each day. Free distribution of non-prescription medicine, basic health check-up and free consultation is undertaken at each medical camp. Since 2015 most of our medical camps are being organized in Government school premises within the Pauri Garhwal region. AITYS will continue to conduct the medical camps as it may take a considerable time for the region to have its own effective healthcare system.
You could help us fund our upcoming medical camps. 

 You can donate multivitamins, skin lotions, anti-allergins, blood pressure/diabetes medicines, asthalin inhalers and other non-prescription medicines for basic ailments. 
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 Any healthcare organisation who would like to join hands with us are most welcome. See list of medical camps
Schools
Pauri Garhwal has an existing network of primary and secondary Government schools, however the current state of affairs require improvement. Most of the schools do not have sufficient classroom furniture for students. While libraries are part of the school’s infrastructure they however have insufficient stock of books. Schools often do not have functioning lights and fans as a result of which children are made to sit outside classes exposing them to harsh weather. Maintenance and hygienic conditions within the school premise are concerns as well. While conversing with the administrative staff of the schools, AITYS team realised that support from the establishment was a difficult task. Having observed such conditions, AITYS commenced the Infrastructure Support Project in 2016 with small steps, starting at schools where we had arranged medical camps. Gauging the success of medical camps helped build confidence in the school’s staff who then approached us, to seek assistance in improving their infrastructure. The project involved careful analysis of specific schools and feedback from its staff. While this initiative is in its initial phase, funding has allowed AITYS to provide rugs in schools for children to sit and study. We have also been able to distribute library books; sports gear; winter apparels and footwear for all students. During a specific instance of providing a projector, the teachers were also imparted with technical training for its use through smart devices for enabling interactive digital classroom sessions. Though small in number, these initiatives have received tremendous gratitude and appreciation from both school staff and students. AITYS team is working at raising additional funds which will help facilitate such improvements for many more schools. 
 CSR - If our initiative resonates with your organisation's philosophy, we will welcome your generous contribution. Please drop us an email.
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