About Us

Our Vision
An inclusive society of sharing love

Our Mission
In collaboration with the National Consortium of Civil Society Organisations, and in partnership with the Government of India, we work towards rebuilding leprosy affected communities in the country, especially those in north-eastern states of India.
Our Story
​​​​​​​Amici di Raoul Follereau, affectionately shortened to AIFO, was founded in India in 1998 by Dr V. Ekambaram. As we said earlier, we are a Non-Governmental Organisation in Bangalore, serving as the Coordination Office for Associaziane Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau, Bologna, Italy. Our inspiration is Raoul Follereau (1903-1977), a social reformer who devoted his life to the upliftment of people with leprosy. His work lives on through many organisations across the world—all honoured to call themselves Friends of Raoul Follereau or Amici di Raoul Follereau.

​​​​​​​Our objective is to emulate Follereau’s approach of sharing love and serving people with leprosy, within different families and communities. While our early vision was focused on the eradication of leprosy through early identification and treatment, our efforts soon grew to include surveys, educational programmes and community-acceptance initiatives.

​​​​​​​Our reach expanded to cover the North-east and Karnataka.
Our Legal Status :
​​​​​​​AIFO India, is a public charitable trust, registered under Indian Trust Act No.117/IV/290/1998-1999/JNR/BLR on April 10 th 1998.
We are also registered under:
U/S 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 ( Registered Number : Trust/718/10A/VolA-I/A-780/98-99/CIT-II and dated August 10 th 1998)
Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 ( Order Number : DIT(E)BLR/80G(R)/ 185/AAATA2183Q/ITO ( E) –I/VOL 2008-2009 dated August 2008)
The FCRA Regulations of the Ministry of home Affairs, Government of India