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Review for Asha for Education, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer with this organization for more than 6 years now. I have enjoyed volunteering for Asha and find it amazing that a group of individuals with a common set of goals and beliefs can come together in this way and support education related and other causes in India. It has been very gratifying to see that the volunteering effort is paid off in terms of better education opportunities for young children who would other wise not have any access to even elementary education.

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

visiting a couple of projects that are currently supported in India. I've seen first hand how the efforts of 100s of volunteers in teh US and elsewhere have produced tangible results in several parts of the country.

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

have the various chapters work more closely with each other to better organize their support and other campaigns.

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

its volunteering spirit and its flat structure.

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

great people with down to earth attitude and helpful nature. Driven with a passion to serve, they volunteer their time and energy to support the organizations' cause.

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

use it wisely to increase the opportunities for all children everywhere it serves and also implement its programs for improving the quality of education imparted itself.

Ways to make it better...

there was less 're-inventing the wheel'. Due to a churn in the volunteers and lack of organization memory, the wheel is invented again and again and leads to a loss of precious time of the volunteers.

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

lack of organizational memory and a good transition plan for several teams that work on a daily basis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Inspite of its few shortcomings,it has supported >300 organizations over 18 years while maintaining a flat structure and unpaid volunteers. I think it is quite commendable and contrasts with other organizations with huge admin expense on their books.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I steward projects for my chapter and maintain the IT infrastructure.