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Asha for Education

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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Development, International Relief, Literacy

Mission: Asha for Education(TM) is an organization dedicated to the support of education for underprivileged children in India.  Asha volunteers believe that education is a critical requisite and an effective catalyst for social and economic change in India. Each Asha chapter raises funds to support various education-related projects in India. In 2004, Asha chapters disbursed $1.4M to over 150 projects all over India. Besides fundraising, Asha also acts as a network for various grass-roots workers and volunteers and non-governmental organizations.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

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 :)


Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Asha's Seattle chapter for the past 6 years and the journey had really been life changing. What stood out for me is really the sincerity, humbleness and dedication of all peer volunteers in empowering underprivileged sections of the society. Another amazing thing about this organnization is really it's flat structure - every decision is made in open public meetings with everyone having just one vote - this is really participatory democracy!


Board Member

Rating: 5

The knack to work towards the education of underprivileged children was inculcated within me during my school days via the literacy program.Little did I know that the values and knowledge that was imparted to me about empowerment via education would become an integral part of my life. Circumstances, the need of the hour and academic deadlines did not allow me to think about the aforementioned values after school. The inner passion and thought was rekindeled only after my husband(more aptly my faincee during those days) relocated to US for his studies.Asha for Education Cornell University chapter motivated him to work for the cause. He became an active volunteer of Asha since 2002. Since then many of our long-distace tele conversations ended up speaking about Asha and directly or indirectly as you may inerpret I became a silent supporter of Asha since 2002. After relocating to US in 2005 I volunteered to work as a web master for Asha Cornell chapter. Slowly my involvement with Asha increased and currently I am one of the board member of the organization. Presently, since 2008 I am coordinating the publicity and public relation activites of the organization. Asha in Indian language means 'HOPE'.The flames of 'HOPE' have helped the organization to grow from 3 volunteers in 1991 to over 1000+ volunteer in 2009.. The biggest challenge as well as achievement of Asha for Education is its volunteers. Volunteers of Asha are located across the globe. None of the volunteers are employed by Asha for Education. Dedication is the backbone while determination and passion is the driving force towards the sustenance and growth of the organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.