Asha for Education

Asha for Education

P.O.Box 322, New York (NY), 10040, United States

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Asha is a 100% volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Websites: http://ashanet.org http://workanhour.org http://team-asha.org/

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Mission To catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children.
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Asha for Education runs on certain core values as noted below. More details can be found here.

Spirit of Volunteerism
Zero overhead on donations
Non-Hierarchical
Non-Discriminatory
Collective Decision Making
Decentralized Accountability
Mutual Respect
Financial Responsibility
Non-sectarian, secular, non-political and non-religious.

Awards Asha for Education is ranked #1 in two Charity Navigator categories:

10 Slam Dunk Charities
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/topten.detail/listid/23.htm

10 Charities Worth Watching
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/topten.detail/listid/7.htm

At a glance:

67 chapters world-wide - 48 in the US, 6 in Europe, 1 in Canada and 12 in India. (as of 2011)
Volunteers: Over 1000 active volunteers across the globe
Funds disbursed in 2011 - $2,306,560.8
Funds disbursed from inception to Dec 2011 - around $25 million.
Project partners = 400.
Today, there are over 67 Asha chapters worldwide: The organization has more than 1000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world.
Till date, Asha has supported more than 400 different projects spanning 24 states in India. In terms of project funding, almost $25,000,000 has been disbursed to these projects since Asha's inception. The annual reports and our financial statements are available here.

Perhaps, more important than these numbers is the personal leadership that the volunteers take in carrying out Asha's activities. Involvement with Asha has produced an awareness about developmental issues in India and has inspired a whole range of volunteers to get involved in other social causes. There has also been an increased emphasis on the formation of more chapters in India (called Asha Centers) so as to draw upon the collective energy and experience of part and full-time volunteers in India and to build closer bonds with our projects. These Asha centers also serve to network like-minded individuals, in addition to pioneering bold new initiatives in the field of education. Thus, Asha, while making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children of India, is also preparing a group of people who are more socially aware and socially responsible in their lives.
Founded 1991
Products Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.

In keeping with this focus, our volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them. The objectives of this group are:

1. To provide education to underprivileged children in India.
2. To encourage the formation of various local groups across the world to reach out to larger sections of the population.
3. To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.
4. To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.
5. To provide opportunities to individuals living outside India who wish to participate in Asha activities in India.
6. To address, whenever possible, other issues affecting human life such as health care, environment, socio-economic aspects and women's issues.
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