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October 20, 2009

I joined this organization as an undergraduate and it was so inspiring to work for such a great cause that I would prioritize doing Asha related work over school work. It is a very satisfying experience to be able to do something/anything to help children gain an education. The most difficult part is deciding which organizations/schools to help keeping in mind our limited funds. All the volunteers I have interacted with are very helpful and super dedicated to the cause. It is like a small family working towards a common goal. Sometimes we have intense discussions on topics but that is only because everyone cares deeply about it. I have never felt like I cannot express my thoughts/opinions with this group of people. They are open to fresh ideas and thoughts. Even though the issue we are working towards is very close to the heart for most of us, we try to make rational decisions about what is important for the children. What is even more inspiring is when you see the feedback from the children, how they are elated at having this opportunity to go to school rather than taking it for granted. It is a very humbling experience to work with this organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

what it has taught me: need for hope, education, and dedication.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Asha For Education is focused on Education of the underprivileged children in India. The focus is on education of children as the organization believes that its only through education that a change can be brought about. Its not a quick fix. The organization is completely volunteer based and does not have any overhead. Its a group of dedicated volunteers who are keen in giving back to the society and bringing about a change.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very Dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

use every penny for the education of children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Have been involved as a volunteer with Asha ever since being introduced to it at the Univ of Illinois in 2001. As a Univ chapter, the volunteer group was intimate yet highly enthusiastic and motivated. Served in the capacity of event organizer for the semi-annual fundraiser. Moved to LA for work in 2003 and was involved remotely with the LA chapter, more as a donor this time. Moved to the Cal Bay area after getting married in 2005 and joined the Silicon Valley chapter right away. Involved primarily in fundraising, event organization and donor relations. Love the attitude of volunteers: professional, thorough yet a lot of FUN! The Team Asha marathon program serves as inspiration to do bigger and better things for the chapter and the organization as a whole. The Work an Hour campaign is very innovative and motivating in itself. What I love most about Asha is its flat structure along with zero-overhead, 100% volunteer driven organization! I am Asha :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Team Asha marathon program, its growing scale speaks volumes of the power to empower if we set our minds to the cause.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the platform to socialize and network with people while serving a good cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic and motivated!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread its wings more to all districts in the nation :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been an Asha volunteer for the past two years, and have been truly amazed at the things this organization gets done. 100% of Asha's profits go toward helping further education for underprivileged children in India. Unlike many other non-profits, Asha is a very horizontally structured organization and anyone can start off having a direct impact in helping others. What I admire most about Asha is its commitment to helping grass-roots efforts in India that would otherwise have little or no funding to support their efforts.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. No child would have to start life without hope of bettering his or her life. Everyone would have the education and opportunities for success that they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Its been a fabulous journey so far with Asha. I had joined the organization back in 2002 and had been involved in a lot of fundrasing activites and publicity campaigns over these period. This is an organization which is always welcoming to everyone who shares the philosophy of education as being a source of enlightenment of ones self and who views education as a method to empower the populace. This is a place where every hard work that you put in helps some children in India to gain meaningful education. This is a place where you can express your views freely and boldly. Last but not the least, it is the individuals of Asha for Education which makes it such a unique and enjoyable place to be in.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing primary education to underprivileged children in remote parts of India, where there is minimal to almost nil government initiatvies towards educational activities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of doing something good, of giving back to the society.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely awesome who have a wealth of experience and knowledge about socio-economic situations of the developing countries.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund a lot more educational projects in India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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This past Sunday, thanks to Team Asha, I completed my first marathon! 26.2 miles through the cold (and yes, windy) streets of Chicago! Temperatures in Chicago this past weekend were in the low-30s . . . a far cry from the summer Saturdays I spent training in Central Park. The day before the race, my friends from Team Asha had to shop around for "throw away" sweats (clothes that you buy at bargain basement prices to keep you warm for only about an hour before the race start). Shortly before the gun was fired, thousands of runners all around me began discarding their sweats. The sky over me became cloudy with flying sweaters ;-) Although the morning air was frigid as I waited in Grant Park for the race to start, I quickly warmed up after a mile of running. I followed my Asha coach's advice on how to optimize performance during a marathon. I started at an easy pace to loosen my legs and become comfortable with the race. My first 5K was at over a 10-minute pace. Then I gradually increased my pace. By mile 15, I was running at an 8:45-minute pace. I was enjoying every minute of my run through the lively streets of Chicago . . . the bands performing rock and roll, the frat boys offering runners beer to replenish lost carbs ;-), the cheering spectators . . . then, I hit the "wall" around mile 19. My legs began to cramp up and my feet painfully hit the pavement with every step. The crowds around me seemed quieter. It felt as if my body had burned through all the protein and carbs that I had eaten the week leading to the race and only the protein bloks that I held in my hand and the gatorade that I drank nearly every mile of the race were supplying me with the fuel I needed to continue. My pace dropped somewhat through five difficult miles. By mile 23, I knew that the end was near. This sent a bolt of energy through my body which allowed me to pick up my pace to finish strong. Heading towards the finish line with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop was the perfect ending to my first marathon ;-) I finished the race in under 4 hours, achieving my race goal! I have tremendous pride running for Team Asha, an organization dedicated to raising funds to offer better educational opportunities for underprivileged youth in India. Running in my Team Asha shirt made my first marathon all the more special. Asha has demonstrated tremendous success in raising funds for education of impoverished youth. Yet there are still millions of children in India who do not have access to a basic education. With this in mind, organizers of the NYC/NJ Chapter of Asha for Education reminded me that every contribution to Asha helps children in need. They motivated me to work hard towards reaching my fundraising goal!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to the mission of Asha for Education.

Ways to make it better...

I would have joined the Team Asha marathon training team sooner. This would have helped me improve my performance during my first marathon.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Asha for Education is non hierarchal organization, where each volunteer can pursue his/her passion of doing social work. I am associated with Asha for Education for many years. I have seen the dedication of volunteers who spend day and night for a worthy cause. I have seen people across all walks of life coming together to help a cause. Asha for Education supports projects in almost every state of India. Its an zero overhead organization where the spirit of volunteerism keeps it going......

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

projects they support. Asha for Education supports the project of Aasra and Asha Samajahik Vidyalaya where children of Musahar community are taught. Its really wonderful to see the knowledge volunteers have related to social fabric of India.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

just wonderful to be around with so many passionate people . I have involved at various level of Asha for Education. It just amazing to see how spirit of volunteerism can achieve the social goal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing.....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote education in the most rural and tribal areas of India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Absolutely an incredible charity organization to be part of, as a volunteer. A few years back we organized a fundraising event with Indian cricketers who'd visited NJ for a camp. That's when my relationship with Asha began. Ever since then, it has been very interesting, to say the least. This year, I've been part of a few unique fundraising as well as publicity efforts. What really stands out with Asha is the decentralized nature of working towards a unified cause. As a volunteer, I've always gotten the needed wisdom as well as guidance from the chapter's senior members. A testament to this is a recent meeting with the co-founder of Asha who had visited the USA on a different business and was gracious enough to stop at our NJ chapter to discuss with volunteers about recent developments in India related to education of children, which is what we work towards. Kudos to Asha for providing such a great opportunity to give back to the society where I come from, even though I'm far far away from it.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help underprivileged children across the globe by providing educational programs..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I have been an Asha volunteer for the last 4 years. Asha is zero-overhead non-profit organization, projects are closely monitored, and project-related activities are fully documented. Most of all, big percentage of fundraising, events organization, projects decision, project monitoring are done by college students from US and other countries. I am really impressed by this and think that the involvement of students in improving India's education and socio-economic projects should be encourged more.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change India and other underprivileged countries. You can visit any part of India and witness the difference Asha would have made in kids' education and their day-to-day life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Asha for Education is a incredible organization to volunteer for. It is 100% volunteer run and all contributions go to educating a kid in India. That was the main driving force for my service in this organization. I have an oppurtunity to meet like minded people and I feel happy that I am able to give something back to my country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ashraya - helping physically and mentally challenged poor girl children. Improving the lives of poor children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very transparent and democratic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sincere, dedicated, wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZn1dIQ4RKg&feature=player_profilepage If $20 can: (1) buy textbooks for 100 children (2) one child's midday meal for 100 days Just imagine how many children will be helped.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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