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October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

Asha is one of the nonprofits that I volunteer for. It's mission to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children is very close to my heart. It gives me the oppurtunity to volunteer from home at my convenience. I also like the fact that it has zero overheads which means all the donations that it receives are used only towards its various projects.

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

It's policy of zero overheads which means all the donation can be used towards its various projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

Asha is an awesome charity that is zero overhead and is directly involved with the education projects that it funds. Its very decentralized nature allows every chapter to have its own focus and to be closely involved in the entire process from fundraising to dealing with problems at schools we fund.

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

learning about the education issues in india and directly working with project partners.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

I joined Asha first because I wanted to meet other like-minded individuals. At the time, I thought myself to be socially conscious, and wanted to do something for those less fortunate than I was. And not just meet with friends over the weekend limited to chit-chat & plans for the next dinner meet. After living in the US and seeing the "plenty" here, I often felt guilty that while a lot of my people were finding it difficult to get 2 meals a day, here I was complaining about it being too hot at the beach. I thought I would feel better if I did my bit to do something for my less fortunate compatriots. Asha was the only organization in town that did social work in India. I was impressed by the quick response to my casual email to the group, which I came across in a pamphlet at the local library. So when I joined Asha, I was all excited about "giving" something. After 7 years with the institution, I have grown, transformed and taken more from it than given. It has been a very humbling experience to see how much volunteers do towards the goals that they seriously believe in! I have met wonderful people at Asha. I saw how people from all walks of life converged here without discrimination of any sort, and worked unselfishly for the organization. Asha, has set itself out in the community because the only uniting force is the thought of the 1,000 odd kids whose education (and lives) we are involved in. There is no personal privileges or benefits in stake and so it has survived in the community longer than any other group of individuals. Asha gives us the opportunity to use any amount of creativity in its activities. Complete strangers can come together and work perfectly well, because the beneficiary is not among here, we are all working for children. Which brings up what I think is great about Asha - no one denies that children's education is a top priority. We do not have to argue with people or convince them about the credibility of the cause. So far, I have not met anyone who questioned the relevance of our mission to India. They may have questions about how we use the funds etc, but never the basic mission. Asha has helped transform my life, and slowly over the years, that of many of my immediate and extended family members, that we have embraced it as our extended family ourselves. The fundraisers give us a lot of learning exposure, and fun; while the project discussions keep us firmly planted on the ground. It gives us a fresh perspective to view our own lives, and it is an indescribable feeling that a tiny part of my day goes into making someone in some other part of the planet more happy with his/her life. Involving with Asha has helped give me and my family the much needed balance in our lives. And a keen sense of satisfaction that someday somebody is going to make better use of his/her life as a result of my efforts. As I said, we have gotten more out of it than given.

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the core group here has been solid in its determination to push through with the projects. We have had terrific unity among the member-volunteers & very little discord. We really look at ways of maximizing the funds we send to the schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 18, 2009

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October 18, 2009

The grassroots nature of Asha allows a volunteer to have a tangible connect with a project in India. This is rewarding and exhilarating and opens a range of possibilities for a volunteer. Volunteering with Asha is a real education on socio-economic issues in India. The non-hierarchical nature of Asha values each and every volunteer.

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

Meeting like-minded people who are passionate about the work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

Asha has given many people like me the opportunity to make a difference. It has provided me a chance to get prespectives on social work, and above all to work with a lot of other volunteers who share similar passion and work towards one goal.

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

making a difference in educating thousands of underprivileged children in India.

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

being able to interact with incredible grassroots volunteers who dediate their whole life towards social work

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

young, old, skeptics, diehards.. but above all willing to dedicate effort towards a common cause

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 17, 2009

Asha is a great example of how the sum can be so much more than the parts. It has been a vehicle for thousands of ordinary people like myself to come together to make a tangible difference. When you come into the organization, the egos are parked firmly at the gate. No role is too important or too small. All are here to contribute their mite in a genuine spirit of Sarvodaya - ‘universal uplift’ or ‘progress of all’ - a realization of the tremendous truth that all of us are connected, and what happens to one eventually affects everybody else.

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

the lives of the children the group works with. I have personally visited a number of the groups that Asha supports across India. These visits reinforced the conviction that children everywhere can blossom if only they are provided the right opportunities

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

watching young people come into the organization and grow with it. Many continue volunteering with the organization even after a decade, while many used this as a launching pad to branch out to a number of social sectors beyond education.

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

Inspiring. Many take this as seriously as their family or professional responsibilities. You cant ask for more!

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

ensure that thousands of more children get to enjoy their childhood and develop their innate talents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I first came to Asha for Education, Seattle in 2005. At that time, I did not understand anything about wholistic education. I did not know how vast India's educational problems were. I was highly suspicious of charitable organizations. Asha was like a mana from heaven. It is a zero-overhead organization (perhaps not legally), but in principle. When I print receipts for donors (I volunteer for the finance team at the Seattle chapter), I pay for the stamps myself. When we collaborate to bring speakers in from India, we all contribute for the expenses of the trip. This principle of zero-overhead is the most important aspect for me. I also found that the people at Asha were genuinely interested in the work we did. We did not want to just pay lip service to the ideal of education, but were willing to educate ourselves and go deeper in the reality of the situation. I am both a volunteer and a donor. Thank you, Saurabh

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

in my own life. The direction of my own life has changed as a result of the deep and meaningful experiences that have helped me understand my own life better.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am already doing what I can. the technical talent in the community that associates most strongly is immense and yet we do not have enough people to work on technology.

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

the people are genuine, humble and really dedicated.

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

Outstanding people, achievers in every field, people of solid substance, the kind who would leave you with a sense of hope - the world is really not such a bad place :)

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

Money is not important, it flows like water when our hearts are sincere and our purpose is clear. What we really need are more dedicated people who can spend the little money we have wisely.

Ways to make it better...

If more people understood the organization and did their bit for the world :).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

collaboration. we are a free organization, with low overhead and no heirarchy ... and this makes collaboration difficult. We can solve at least some of these with technology if enough dedicated people join us :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

A no frills organization with very focused activities. Best way to describe it would be a venture capital for education-related projects in India. A flat organization that allows volunteers to contribute and get involved right away. Attracts people who are dedicated but not cocky.

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

all the projects we have funded over the years.

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

the dedicated yet humble people I have met who experience the joy of doing something selflessly.

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

without exception passionate. Some were the go-getting type some were introverts but all were passionate.

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

fund more start up projects and grow their activities in India where all the projects are located.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 17, 2009

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October 17, 2009

I have been a volunteer for Asha for the past 2 years. What I love about this organization is the spirit of the volunteers. Asha is a 100% volunteer driven organization. Given that the Seattle chapter alone manages around 1 million dollars, one can only imaging the scale of things handled by these volunteers while still keeping their day jobs. It is like everyone is tied by a common thread - a desire to make a difference in someone else's life. I am a project steward for one of the projects and it is immensely satisfying when I receive a mail from our project partners back in India saying that they money that we helped raise, was used for building a shed for children to play, or to setup new computers or to create new learning aids. Being a part of Asha has taught me a lot of things - leadership, spirit of volunteerism, thinking outside the box but above all humility. An appreciation for the life that I have and an understanding of the situation prevailing in my country.

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

I am a steward for a project that runs a boarding and lodging facility for Adivasi children in Maharashtra. This project alone supports around 120 children each year. The volunteers at Asha Seattle work hard to raise funds for 50 such projects.

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

The spirit of volunteerism, the value of putting others before oneself, developed a deeper understanding of various issues and made some really good friends.

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

Awesome people who are willing to go out of their way to help others

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

Extend its support to many many more projects and there by help many many more children become self-sufficient and self- reliant by arming them with the relevant education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

I think Asha for Education is a wonderful organization to volunteer for. It has a holistic approach to their work in education. Also, as a donor I feel confident my contributions is going 100% to various education projects.

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

amazing people who I grew to know as friends

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

definitely make a tremendous improvement to the lives of many children and their families

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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