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16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AI is a wonderful organization - one that really prioritizes its projects over the kind of self-serving administrative bureaucracy that plagues so many aid organizations. And there's such a lovely community of staff, volunteers, board members and supporters that makes volunteering fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asia Initiatives truly empowers underserved communities

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization with so much heart. The team is hard working, their methods are lean and innovative. I can trust that they have the communities that they are working in as top priority.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Asia Initiatives since 2008 and I have seen it grown over the years. The leadership at Asia Initiatives deeply cares about poverty alleviation and bettering communities. This passion also extends to its volunteers who also believe in its mission and the greater cause of poverty alleviation. In addition, AI believes in innovation through its creation of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) which has been transforming communities through social good and making communities a stakeholder in their success. I believe in Asia Initiatives mission and methodology and their abilities to bring change to those who need it most.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Asia Initiatives team is very passionate about women's empowerment and sustainable development. Grateful to be working with an amazing team, partners, and volunteers who are committed to making real change happen in all our programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AI's work to empower women and their families in underserved communities across the world through its innovative Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) program is truly inspiring. Working with Dr. Geeta Mehta and the rest of the AI team has been an incredibly enriching and fulfilling experience for me. I am very glad that I was given the opportunity to work alongside such incredible individuals, who continue to work tirelessly to improve the lives, well-being, and opportunities for marginalized communities around the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with Asia Initiatives has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Dr. Mehta and the rest of the team are always inspiring in their commitment to the work. As the co-chair of the Junior board for the last 2 years, I am proud to be given the opportunity to make a difference in so many lives around the world! Keep inspiring :)

Donor

Rating: 5

As a supporter of Asia Initiatives (AI), I find AI's work with underprivileged communities inspiring and unique. AI team tackles and improves fundamental and complex issues with a true understanding of the community, a sincere compassion, and a sharp focus on women empowerment. Additionally, AI has pioneered a method called SoCCs or Social Capital Credits, a system that is not only creative but also encouraging and effective for the communities in need. With such commitment and insights, AI brings about long-lasting local improvements that also result in a powerful international impact. Ultimately, as a supporter of women's rights and sustainable development, I find AI's work incredibly valuable and I look forward to seeing more wonderful projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Asia Initiatives (AI) is truly an innovative organization. AI staff and volunteers operate on being culturally responsive, collaborative, and inclusive. AI's programs are all unique in that they responds to the needs of each community, while giving community members the tools and skill set they need to be successful.

As a volunteer, I am always impressed by the work. The leadership at AI continue to make me feel like a valued team member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a lot of fun volunteering for Asia Initiatives. AI is a great nonprofit, and the SoCCs methodology is working very well in all of their projects. What I like the most about AI is how they put an emphasis on commmunity and sustainability. They make sure that the whole community is involved during the project and that the community itself will not need AI's help in 10 years time. AI do not just give money to the impoverished people, they take the time to listen and slowly uplift the communities they're in. If you want to change communities around the world for the better, join Asia Initiatives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Asia Initiatives since 2014 and I am proud of the work we do. Have being part of the team for many years I can say with knowledge that the work that Asia Initiatives do is unique. The Social Capital Credits program, developed by Geeta Mehta the president and founder of this organization, is a brilliant way to develop indivuals and communities at the same time. I think it is relevant to share that Asia Initiatives assures to keep overhead to a minimum.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been associated with Asia Initiatives over the past 4 years as a supporter, then a volunteer, and currently a junior board member, I have had an extremely enriching experience learning from the team at AI and supporting their amazing work in my hometown in Kolkata, India. Working under the mentorship of Geeta and the entire group, I have learnt about the power of supporting not just people, but entire communities, through the amazing SoCC Currency (social capital credits). I am a big believer in the values and beliefs of the organization around engaging with multi-sectoral youth to act as facilitators, who help women in communities to realize their full potential today and to help nurture children into responsible citizens of tomorrow.

1 Noor M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago I joined Asia Initiative, a non profit organization led by my favorite professor at Columbia University, Geeta Mehta. My experience there was great. The work they do at Asia Initiative is amazing by empowering communities especially women in less fortunate areas. Also the positive environment of the foundation itself provided by the on-coming volunteers, the junior & senior board members is phenomenal. Everyone shares a great amount of energy, positiveness and desire to help. All of this is a true reflection of Geeta herself and the continuous encouragement and warm she provide for all of us...

2 Rahat C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AI is an amazing organization and I am glad to be a part of it. One of the things that I like the most about AI is that it cares deeply about female empowerment and takes on projects that seem impossible to reach at first, but every time proves that it is never too hard to help people who are in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Asia Initiatives is unlike other nonprofits in three ways: 1) the focus on women means that their outcomes result in sustainable and measurable improvements to family well being. 2) they are piloting a transformational technology for philanthropy - SoCCs (Social Capital Credits) which recognizes that some areas can be rich in social capital while poor in wealth, and then aligns incentives for sustainable development. 3) the money donated goes 100% to the field, which means your dollars go further than in other organizations. Can't speak highly enough about this nonprofit - get involved today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Asia Initiatives is a great place to work at. The team is amazing and the founder, Geeta Mehta, is one of the most incredible leaders you will meet. I truly enjoy working here and AI's Social Capital Credit programs are truly life-changing.