Friday, September 5, 2014

Asha for Education - Celebrate Teacher's Day

According to the World Bank and Harvard University study, on any given day, 25% of teachers in India are absent in schools, with the rate being as high as 42% in poorer states. As India prepares to celebrate another Teacher's Day on September 5th, it should serve as a reminder to all of us who had the opportunity to be educated that 43% primary schools in India have a teacher-student ratio of 1:40 or worst.

An important aspect in getting children to school is to first get teachers to attend school. For more than 20 years now, Asha for Education has not only strived to put the underprivileged children in schools, but has also constantly supported the teachers by providing them with adequate training, innovative teaching material and salaries so they are motivated to attend school and educate children in our projects.

"Sandnya Sanwardhan Sanstha provides service to 93 children who fall under 5 levels of mental disability - ranging from borderline to profound. 41 teachers (21teaching and 20 non-teaching/support staff) work in very challenging environment to make a difference in lives of these special children"
On teacher's day, let's come together and celebrate these amazing teachers that work dedicatedly in bringing quality education to children who without them night have none.Your support will help our teachers continue their great work! 
Our success depends on your support. We are in last weeks of Work an Hour 2014, and we are far from achieving our targets. But, we have a strong belief in you! We believe you will help our projects and children we support reach their potential. We believe you will will help us change the future of our society
"Manasa is a non-profit organization located in Hyderabad, India working for the welfare and integration of intellectually challenged by implementing various programs for their development. 63 children with special needs get critical life sustaining skills by tireless efforts of their teachers ..."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
Eleven year old Kalimuddin studies in a non-formal education center for children of migrant workers in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (a northern Indian state). He belongs to a family of rag-pickers. Like many in his community, he works from 5am to 1pm. But he never misses going to the education center, Apna Skool, which begins at 2pmeveryday. Being able to read has motivated him so much that he wants other displaced children to go to school too. He volunteers to bring three younger children to school in a make-shift cart tied to his bicycle, much like a cycle rickshaw.
"The long journey, which is undertaken after a full day of working as a rag-picker, tires him out. But his desire for an education and for ensuring the education of other children is so great that he undertakes it quite cheerfully"
Kalimuddin attends Asha for Education supported Apna Skool a school for Migrant Labors in Kanpur. You can help Kalimuddin and over 600 children like him! Would you join hands in helping our children read?
Our success depends on your support. We are in last weeks of Work an Hour 2014, and we are far from achieving our targets. But, we have a strong belief in you! We believe you will help our projects and children we support reach their potential. We believe you will will help us change the future of our society, together we can make a difference 
My name is Geeta and I belong to a village called Vatavachchh in Saurasthra region of Gujarat. I belong to the Rabari or the shepherd family. My parents have never been to school. I am the eldest of their six children and in my family and past generations I am the most educated. 

"When I was six or seven years old I was engaged and at the age 15 I was married. Now after coming to Navsarjan DSK I realize that this is not the age for me to start a family. I have convinced my mother and my father and they have agreed not to send me to the home of my husband. When my mother visited me to DSK, Indu, one of the DSK staff too had a word with my mother. My mother has now decided that all my younger sisters should be educated and she does not want to get them engaged"
Geeta is not alone, Navsarjan Trust works with many young girls like her in making them self reliant and confident through vocational training and counseling. Would you spare an hour and support Geeta?

Friday, August 1, 2014



Sharing a laugh with your best friend, tying your shoe laces "yourself", eating with steady hands - mundane activities for you but priceless (yet distant) dreams for Ram*, Seema* and Manoj*. You can prevent autism and neuro-motor disability stand in their way of realizing these dreams. With early and intensive treatment, most children improve their ability to communicate and help themselves as they grow older.
Read more about how an organization is achieving this seemingly impossible goal - supporting the work, you can guarantee that Ram can share a laugh with his best friend, Seema can tie her shoe laces herself and Manoj can master the skill of eating without spilling!
And today, you can support them by donating an hour! Your one hour can change a life!

MANASA, Andhra Pradesh 
MANASA takes its name from Mansarovar in Himalayas in aiming to provide an environment of purity and serenity for children who are afflicted by varying levels of intellectual disability. Read more about Janardhan's journey and how MANASA transforms lives every day.Read more >

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Welcome to Work an Hour 2014

Dear Asha Patron,

Each year, people like you, from around the world come together in a demonstration of great human spirit, to help educate underprivileged children in India. Work-An-Hour is Asha for Education's summer-long global, online fundraising campaign based on a simple concept: "Donors are requested to symbolically Work An Hour towards the cause of children's education by donating an hour's worth or more of their salary."

This year we bring 11 projects reaching over 3500 children spanning across Indiaaddressing issues such as caste-based discrimination, rural and tribal education, girl empowerment, sheltering children of sex workers, educating children of migrant laborers, and special education for differently-abled children. Over the next 8 weeks, with your generous help, our goal is to raise at-least $133,000 on behalf of these projects.
We invite you to visit to find out more about the projects WAH 2014 is supporting and to donate an hour of your salary towards the education and well-being of children who need our help the most. Your one hour goes a long way in bringing hope into a child's future.

Asha for Education is proud to have been making a difference in the lives of thousands of children all across India by giving them their best shot at rising above poverty and lack of opportunities. In our endeavor, we immensely appreciate your continued support.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WAH Campaign Status Update - Online Donations so far...

Dear Asha Volunteers and Patrons:

Please find below the "Online" Donation Statistics for the WAH Projects as of Oct 1st, 2013. This includes Online Donations only from the website and does not include the money collected through Checks and Matching Donations. 

Project Name
Amount Requested
Total Collected
Amount Remaining
Percentage Raised
Percentage Remaining
Diksha KHEL Project
Prayas (Vocational Institute for Mentally Handicapped)
Swadhar Institute for Development of Women and Children
Prerna Project - ETASHA Society
Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan
Bal Ashram Trust
Arogyaseva - Parivarthan
Pratirodh Sansthan
Kalanjiyam Trust
Hippocampus Learning Center
Anusandhan Trust - Sahyog

With only 15 Days to go, we have a lot of work!

Please start publicizing for the WAH Projects more actively either through emails or thru Social Networking Sites. If you need any info from us, that will help you in this, please let us know.


WAH Team

Happy Gandhi Jayanti from Work an Hour Team


         Aug 1 - Oct 15, 2013
Dear Asha Patrons
Illiteracy breeds poverty. Based on a report by the World Literacy Foundation, illiteracy is costing the Indian economy more than $53 billion.  The Right to Education Act is helping to increase infrastructure in schools and there are more restrooms for girls today than there were ever before.  Yet, in 2012:
  • More than 50% of children in grade 5 were reading at level 2 or below.
  • 30% of children in Grade 3 were reading at Grade 1, a drop from 50% in 2008.
  • The number of children who could count up to 100 had decreased from 70% to 50% in the last 3 years.
Our projects invest in teachers' salaries and training to ensure children not just attend school, but learn.  This campaign is hope for 4000 children.  Let us not disappoint them.

"Be the change you wish to see in this world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Please click here to donate and be that change.  Happy Gandhi Jayanti.

There isn't much time remaining before the campaign ends.  So, please do it NOW  
Best Regards,
Work-An-Hour Team @ Asha for Education

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Project Partner Testimonials...

Dear Asha Patrons:

Please find below testimonials from our Project Partners on the support from Asha for Education. Each of the below testimonials comes from a Partner from a Work An Hour Project. All of this appraise goes to you for enabling us to support these amazing projects.

Asha has been the strength behind Adhaardhila school since we started our school to fight against child marriage and targeting girls. Since 2007 we have worked in close partnership which till data Asha is the sole funder of his school.  - Suman Choudhary Project Director, Pratirodh Sansthan

It is both heartening and motivating to see just how much representatives from Asha know about our work. They truly understand what we do and how we achieve it. Their funding of the design of audio content to supplement home-learning for under-privileged young adults learning English has been a great success. Our learners love that they can listen to and practice at home what they learned in class that day - something which they had not previously been able to do - Ian McBride Director Communications, Etasha Society

Asha for Education has supported progressively more villages every year since 2011. Their support and commitment to preschool education in rural India has been very encouraging. They ask tough questions which help us think through some of our issues and it’s been a fulfilling partnership. - Lily Paul, Coordinator, HLC

Asha Purdue Chapter is a major donor for the KHEL Patna Center of Diksha Foundation and Alok Charitable trust. Volunteers from the Asha team are also involved with the center and they are exploring the usage of ICT tools to enhance the quality of education. We have established a computer lab with the help of Asha - access to computer and other ICT tools have broadened the world view of the children. Asha Purdue Chapter has supported the operational expenses of the center for the year 2013 and plans to support the expenses for 2014 through the work-an-hour campaign. - Diksha KHEL

Asha for Education has been funding Chehak Trust since 2002, a time when Sahyog was merely an idea. It has stood by us in our most challenging times, such as when the community was being relocated, and the floods of July 2005. It has always appreciated our choice to build Sahyog organically, rooted in the community's life, even at the cost of scale. A unique characteristic of Sahyog has been the constant evolution of our programs. We phased out some of our programs even as we launched new ones in response to the community's needs. Asha for Education has been with us though this journey, engaging with us as friends, who share our vision and commitment. - Neha Madhiwalla, Sahyog Trustee and a Social Researcher

Asha’s support for the construction of Non Formal Education and vocational training centres at Varanasi red light area have been very critical in Guria’s fight against human trafficking and forced prostitution. These centres were the back bone in evolving our strategy to end child prostitution, minimize second generation prostitution and prevent trafficking & retrafficking. These two centres have minimized the dependence of the women and children on traffickers – brothel keepers – pimps – police organized criminal nexus. Firstly it has catered to the basic need of schooling, tuition, mainstreaming into formal schools, extra-curricular activities, experiment with art therapy, music, meditation, photography, mime, knowing child rights and other life skills. - Ajeet Singh Founder/Director, Guriya Swyam Sevi Sansthan

Please visit our website to learn more. To Donate, please click here.


WAH Team
Asha for Education