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October 4, 2009

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October 4, 2009

I have seen Asha's work both on the ground as well as in their meetings in the US. The volunteers are smart, passionate and committed to achieving the highest level of quality possible. The Silicon Valley chapter of AfE went out on a limb to support our Right to Information (RTI) awareness project with kids in rural mountain communities. (In this project, we trained more than 3,000 children on how to use India's RTI act to get information that could help their communities.) This project did not fit their usual funding model, and more to the point, nobody had before tried building RTI awareness through the youth on such a large scale and few people believed that children could make much of a difference. The project has been a huge success - the children's RTI requests have resulted in improvements to schools and teacher attendance, electric voltage, roads. A long delayed road and bridge to a school was finally built as a result of an RTI request, and the children even helped adults in their community use RTI to get their pensions and deal with other problems. But AfE's willingness to try something new and innovative is what made it all possible, and their high standards for measuring success greatly enhanced the effectiveness of our work.

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

The Mountain Children's Foundation 2009 Right to Information Campaign.

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

Their constant push for better results - it forced us to stretch and do better.

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

Professional and committed.

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

Change (for the better) the lives of millions of children across India.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Wonderful experience working with Projects, and also being involved with partners in India. the constant discussions within the chapter and across chapters, on topics that would range from how to successfully impart education to measuring the success of a program, discussions on right-to-information to right-to-education. My eye opened itself to a new world - helping me to educate myself in this process!

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

everything that I do in my daily life.

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

the zeal and passion of the volunteers

Ways to make it better...

I had been in the field.

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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I have known about Asha for Education for almost seven years now.. The first time I heard about AfE was through my school friend who was taking a break from her work in the US to return and volunteer her time at a grass-roots level educational project in South India. I could not imagine how a volunteer could do so much for Asha! And then I got to know that all the work at Asha was done through volunteers. And that is the secret behind the "less than 2%" administrative expenses for the entire Asha program. I was so amazed that I decided to support AfE myself someday. And I have been doing that the past two years raising funds for some of the educational projects in India. I have got to work with some of the best people and in an organization that is so transparent and structured. I have had a chance to attend some of the chapter meetings where anyone and everyone can review the projects for the day and provide their own valuable inputs and guidance, at the level of involvement they desire. All in all, I think AfE is, any day, one of the top destinations for my volunteer efforts, time and money.

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

Create and shape the future of the countless illiterate children in India and expand into the other related areas such as health, nutrition and hygiene

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I think it was already the best. I dont really have anything to say here!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Asha -- an organization that literally gives hope to children in India who don't have the resources or opportunities available to them I joined Asha as a freshman at the University of Ilinois Urbana-Champaign and began volunteering. For the next three years of my undergraduate, I joined the board. Asha volunteers have shown such dedication and passion to the cause of Asha, that with each year we come closer and closer to bringing progress in the educational levels of underprivileged children. The purpose is to fundraise in order to support and promote education for underprivileged children in India, and Asha does this by helping out certain education-related NGOs in India. The funds are collected via marathons, cultural events, donations, and more. A 100% of the money gained is provided to the projects in India, so that they can utilize the money for better resources. The projects team works very hard to evaluate each project for validity, how the funds are being used, and each student's individual progress. This meticulous process really helps funnel the resources not only to the right places, but also ensures the right use of them. I don't believe that any cause can be worked for without passion, and these volunteers have shown true care. The amazing achievements and awards that Asha has received over the years commemorate the milestones reached, and keeps Asha going strongly even today.

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

While I was a board member and an active volunteer, I could best see the results of Asha's hard work.

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

Cultural programs!! But more than that, I love the energy I see in all the active members!

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

VERY friendly, caring, and passionate about the cause.

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

I think it could possibly have a HUGE impact on the literacy rate of India! The poor would have so many more resources and be educated.

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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I have both run marathons with Asha and volunteered.Both experiences are great. This organization has dedicated volunteers who do their best to improve education in India. Efforts consist of rasing funds, tracking projects and working with NGOs in India to use the funds effectively. The commitment and dedication is really creditable.

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

dedicated and knowledgable members who are commited to improving education for children in Inda, who work to raise funds, to initiate and review projects and also manage the organization. These people really care for their cause.

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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Asha is a very special organization. It is a 100% volunteer driven, no overheads organization that not only makes a difference in the lives of less fortunate children of India by raising funds towards their education, but also involves the people that help raise the funds in a very healthy activity. Yes, running has become part of Asha's identity. I had the wonderful experience of running the half marathon for Asha and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The enthusiasm the volunteers of Asha create in achieving their goals, is very infectious. I did not think I would be able to complete a half marathon at age 55, but am happy to say, i did it within the time limit and enjoyed every moment.

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

taking part actively in training for the half marathon, through which I helped raise funds for their projects.

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

the personal involvement that each volunteer gets to feel in helping raise funds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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