Just an update of the NFPs that I will be working with...
Aid to Artisans (located in the NY area): ATA, an international nonprofit organization, is a recognized leader of economic development for the craft industry. By linking artisans to new markets and buyers to culturally meaningful and innovative products, ATA provides needed economic opportunities to artisans while preserving the beauty of global handmade crafts.
Institute of International Social Development (located in the NY area as well as in India): An international organization, based in Calcutta, India, that strives to build a better world and contribute towards the vision of ‘One Earth One Family’. It has representatives in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Berlin. The Institute has Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. It conducts various projects in the fields of Education (‘Sushiksha’), Health (‘Suswasthya’), Income Generation (‘Shramdaan’), HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention (‘Hope’), and creation of Self-Help Groups among rural artisans for self-reliance. The projects, which directly and indirectly benefit over 50,000 people, along with observations and various other programs, are framed on the lines of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
Dastkar (located in India): A society for crafts and craftspeople, Dastkar is a registered society that aims at improving the economic status of craftspeople, thereby promoting the survival of traditional crafts.