AFD was born as a registered Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 13th February, 1993. Its birth as legal entity has its beginnings in the campus of Delhi University a year earlier when group of seven young men and women, alumnae of the Delhi School of Social Work bound by friendship and driven by an urge to take up the cause of the underprivileged and to do something different decided to come together. After much brain storming they decided to focus their attention on a neglected segment of society- that of protecting the rights of crime victims, rights of children and women in distress. Gradually the intervention also expended towards the betterment of the youth.
To create a pool of sensitized and empowered children, youth and women through the process of participation, teamwork and group action, so that the complex issues and situations are addressed through individual and collective actions.
To promote a healthy, self-sufficient, socially aware and responsible society for women, children and youth through effective implementation of community and social development programmes.