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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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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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