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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Celebrate Teacher's Day! Take a minute. Make a gesture...


August 1 - October 15, 2013
Dear Asha Patrons,
In April 2012, the Supreme Court of India upheld a government decision to implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in all schools except unaided minority institutions. One of the key features of this ambitious plan is to maintain a healthy pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in schools. For every 30 students, there should be at least one teacher. Almost 57.2 per cent of India's schools have a poor PTR. The situation is going to get worse with the RTE seeking to ensure education for all. It is expected to reach out to an estimated 8.1 million out-of-school children in the 6-14 age group. The shortage will be more acute as new government schools come up to accommodate the student surge.

On the occasion of Indian Teacher's Day today, we share with you some Work-An-Hour projects that focus on improving the quality of teacher training.

Shikshamitra: Shikshamitra based in Kolkata, West Bengal offers teacher-training on languages, math, environmental education, arts and crafts etc. During the last few years the project has trained teachers from various schools, including teachers from projects supported by Asha for Education. The WAH Team wishes to rise up to $15,000 for this Project that would go towards supporting the training of 50 Teachers.

Hippocampus Learning Center: Hippocampus was established in 2004 with the vision to "inspire children to want to read more". The Learning Center was established in June 2010 with 7 pilot projects to promote reading, Hippocampus has expanded to promoting learning, through the establishment of Education centers in villages. In doing so, the organization empowers women to teach at these centers and provides women with livelihoods, self-confidence and pride.

Diksha KHEL Project: The Diksha Foundation was set up by a group of trained professionals who felt the urgent need to provide for the underprivileged section of the society. Diksha focuses on the theme of education and innovates by adding technology to its class rooms. KHEL is pioneering concept that makes learning creative and fun by adding modern technologies like Computers, Tablets to existing curriculum.

Project Prerna: "Project Prerna" is ETASHA's vocational and employability skills training program serving youth from impoverished colonies in New Delhi, India. It is conducted at ETASHA's own flagship Career Development Center (CDC) at Madanpur Khadar in New Delhi. The program teaches relevant employability skills and training to the youth to ultimately get them sustainable and respectable employment in the private sector.

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those art of living well." - Aristotle 

Help us give the under-privileged children in India a better future. Donate now during our "Work an Hour" campaign. On an average one hour of your salary is all it takes to keep a child in school!
These are just a few of the WAH Projects. Please learn more by visiting our website:

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Every contribution counts. Take a minute. Make a gesture...


August 1 - Oct 15, 2013

Dear Asha patrons, 

You may have heard about Asha for Education, you may have donated to the cause, or volunteered with a chapter in the past, you may have even run the half marathon (if you were brave!), but how well do you know you the 2013 Work an Hour projects that we're raising funds for?

Here are some interesting facts about 3 projects we are supporting to pique your interest:

Did you know that Swanirvar-Shikshamitra, in Kolkata, goes against the tide of "one-size-fits-all" curriculum and instead devices a curriculum that makes learning fun? Read more here, and help them raise the funds they need.

What happens to mentally and physically challenged children in India? With few options, its a wonder that organizations like Prayas exist. Prayas works to provide inclusive education to differently abled children. Donate generously and help them touch even more lives.

Have you ever despaired about child labor in India? Bal Ashram Trust through the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in Rajasthan is trying to provide education and a different life to the Banjara community - an itinerant community- whose children would otherwise remain deprived of education. Lend them your support and help plant a passion for education.

These are just a few of the 12 amazing projects that support education in India.

And finally, you are all perhaps aware that your dollar contributions will go farther these days.
Increase your impact by using company matching and donate generously to these worthy causes.
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