Raoul Follereau was born in 1903 in France, a professional Journalist. Once he saw the hardships of leprosy affected people, he dedicated his life for the cause of leprosy. AIFO stands for ‘Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau’, for ‘Italian association of friends of Raoul Follereau’. 1954 – Follereau established World leprosy day in last Sunday of January, each year. There are many NGOs began leprosy work inspired by him. AIFO organization began in Italy in early 1960s. AIFO started to work in India from the very beginning. Amici di Raoul Follereau is registered as public charitable trust in 1998. Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO India) is a secular, non-political, non-profitable organization works without any discrimination on the basis of caste, color, race, religion, gender, etc.
Vision: An Inclusive society of love.
Mission: Enhancing the quality of life for people affected by disabilities, leprosy, disasters and other marginalized groups.
Our works in India
Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO India) works for the frontlines of leprosy eradication and other related social causes. AIFO India is an official partner with the government of India to implement the NLEP (National Leprosy Eradication Program) under the Central Leprosy Division, Government of India for Karnataka and North Eastern states of India. We have been working towards leprosy eradication and support for persons affected by leprosy, Person with disability. The families of people suffering from leprosy and disabilities are suffering from stigmatization, discrimination and loss of livelihood
Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO India) implementing community based rehabilitation (CBR) / Community based inclusive (CBID) development projects for person with disabilities for past 28 years with their partners. AIFO India promoted the social inclusion with 11 partners in 7 states and positively Impacting 1,25,176 person through various means in the year 2017. We work with medical, social and human right model of disability. AIFO Implemented emancipatory research, quantitative & qualitative research on impact of CBR in Mandya, India with collaboration of WHO, Florence university, University of London and various academic institutions across globe. AIFO also working for health and women rights, indigenous people development, education for underprivileged students.
Amici di Raoul Follereau is Registered as a public charitable trust, No.117/IV/290/1998-1999/JNR/BLR on 10-04- 1998.
All donations made to Amici di Raoul Follereau Trust will be exempt from IT under section 80G. Amici 80G No – DIT(E)BLR/80G(R)/185/AAATA2183Q/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2008-2009.
Looking forward all your supports to promote leprosy free, disability included rights respected society.
“Yes together we can promote an Inclusive society of love”
Charity Rider : Lena MJ Robra
She says “”Other than cycling I am mostly a very happy person who loves to bake (especially for others) loves to dance and cares about sustainable living. In that respect I am organising an annual film festival on oceans, rivers and lakes to spread love and awareness for all the creatures out there (including the humans 😉 ), I coordinate the Bangalore Sustainability Forum and I work in the research and development team of the anonymous Indian charitable trust to tackle the huge waste problem we are facing. To me sustainable living also includes contributing to a society in which everyone has space and opportunity to live life in dignity and with respect. It is therefore a great honour for me to ride as a charity rider for Amici de di Raoul Follerau (AIFO) India. AIFO does great work to support a sustainable livelihood for people with leprosy as well as building awareness to help eradicating leprosy. AIFO follows a holistic approach in which they try to prevent further cases of leprosy through education and awareness building, help treatment and rehabilitation of affected people. This helps them become a part of society again, restoring dignity by reintroducing them into the workforce as well as skill building through vocational training centres. The work of AIFO emphasises on support and protection of women, mothers and children, who are particular vulnerable members of society. Besides this AIFO is working for all kind of disabilities in rural areas through community-based rehabilitation approach. I strongly believe in this approach AIFO is taking and hence decided to give my support as a charity rider. Initiatives like AIFO need financial support in order to continue their work and widen their outreach which will allow people to become and active, accepted and respected members of society again.”