Asha for Education

Asha for Education

Founder: Pradeep Jayaraman

 Varanasi ,Uttar Pradesh , India

About Asha for Education :

Asha for Education  is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.

In keeping with this focus, our volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them. The objectives of this group are:

To provide education to underprivileged children in India.

To encourage the formation of various local groups across the world to reach out to larger sections of the population.

To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.

To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.

To provide opportunities to individuals living outside India who wish to participate in Asha activities in India.

To address, whenever possible, other issues affecting human life such as health care, environment, socio-economic aspects and women's issues.

 In the summer of 1991, a few students including V.J.P.Srivatsavoy @ , D. Gupta # , and S. Pandey *  got together to think of ways in which they could play a role in the development of India, the country of their origin. These young people shared the belief that education is a critical requisite and an effective catalyst for social and economic change in India. Basic education became the agenda for the action group that emerged from this gathering. The group was named  Asha  to represent the  hope  that had brought these individuals together and the hope that they aimed to bring into the lives of children in India. In that summer of 1991, Asha was born at the University of California in Berkeley.

 Asha's focus on children's education has galvanised a number of volunteers across the globe. Today, there are 66 Asha  chapters  worldwide: 46 in the US, 12 in India, and 7 in Europe and 1 in Canada.

Volunteers in each of these chapters take personal interest in identifying education-related projects in India, and supporting them through funds and other means.

As part of the Asha charter, all Asha chapters have a high degree of freedom in their activities including the identification, research, support and ownership of projects. However, there is also a good deal of co-operation among chapters and volunteers across chapters. This co-operation is evident in the joint ownership of projects across chapters, formation of focus groups across chapters, cross-chapter discussion on issues of interest, worldwide events like the  Asha-Wide Conference ,  Work-An-Hour , and the  Asha India Conference .



To catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children.

Asha for Education Achievements:

At a glance:

66 chapters world-wide - 46 in the US, 7 in Europe, 1 in Canada and 12 in India. (as of 08/2013)

Volunteers: Over 1000 active volunteers across the globe

Funds disbursed in 2011 - $2,306,560.8

Funds disbursed from inception to Dec 2011 - around $25 million.

Project partners = 400.

Today, there are over 66 Asha chapters worldwide: The organization has more than 1000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world.

Till date, Asha has supported more than 400 different projects spanning 24 states in India. In terms of project funding, almost $25,000,000 has been disbursed to these projects since Asha's inception. The annual reports and our financial statements are available here .

Perhaps, more important than these numbers is the personal leadership that the volunteers take in carrying out Asha's activities. Involvement with Asha has produced an awareness about developmental issues in India and has inspired a whole range of volunteers to get involved in other social causes. There has also been an increased emphasis on the formation of more chapters in India (called Asha Centers) so as to draw upon the collective energy and experience of part and full-time volunteers in India and to build closer bonds with our projects. These Asha centers also serve to network like-minded individuals, in addition to pioneering bold new initiatives in the field of education. Thus, Asha, while making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children of India, is also preparing a group of people who are more socially aware and socially responsible in their lives.

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Deen Dayal Singh

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Bhandahan Kala, Post Office: Kaithi, Varanasi 221 116, Uttar Pradesh, India.