Dear Asha patrons,
On August 15th, India will celebrate the dawn of the 64th year of independence from British rule. Powered by selfless leaders from Rani Lakshmi Bai to Mahatma Gandhi and the trio of Lal-Bal-Pal, India's struggle for sovereignty brought to the forefront the great capability of Indians to stand united for a higher cause. Challenges aplenty lay ahead - but so did hope, and the will to write it's own destiny.
63 years hence, despite India's independence, there still is true freedom to be accomplished. Many of India's children are trapped in poverty, mired in social inequality and suffer from lack of education. Caught in a web of hunger and work, these children are far from free—their active little minds being dulled by a life of struggle. Is there a way out? Is there hope for them to write their own destiny?
"There can be no question of blind revolution, but of steady and purposeful education," said Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel laureate in literature. Tagore's vision for political freedom was to inspire his fellow countrymen through education. Today, his words ring true in Asha for Education's Work An Hour (WAH) initiative, which endaevors socio-economic change through the critical requisite of education for all.
This year, WAH contributions will go towards 13 projects dedicated to closing the divide between India's rich and poor, helping children overcome disabilities, and preventing child labor in India. But none of these projects can function without the generous support of donations from individuals that care. For millions in India, there are challenges ahead - but so is hope.
Just as the people of India overcame the injustice of British rule, we're asking you to help us overcome the great challenge of socio-economic inequity in India with a contribution to our cause. In the same spirit of those that helped India realize its independence, you can join us in providing am impetus for the underprivileged to realize their potential. Your contribution can teach a girl how to read, or prevent a boy from being a child laborer, or liberate a family from poverty.
Be an enabler for socio-economic change. Join our effort in bringing a better life to the children of India. Please donate to Asha For Education. Visit www.workanhour.org to find out more.
With warm regards,
Mail Checks to:
'Asha for Education',
PO Box 1287,
Princeton, NJ 08542.
Mention 'WAH 2010' on the memo