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					             Asha for Education

 Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you
just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will
come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.

                    - Anne Lamott
          Vicious Cycle


                    Lack of
                   Education
Poverty




                 Child Labor
                       Education as a
                      Strategic Weapon


• From Empowerment to Employment
• Development of community desire for
  change
• Develop new opportunities
• Decrease child labor, child marriage
• Improved socioeconomic conditions
         The Birth Of Asha


Desire




 Idea




Agenda   Asha For Education
                                                             What is Asha?

                                Secular
                              Organization                   Provide
                              dedicated to                  Education
                             change in India
          Encourage
      formation of grass
                                                                            Remove barriers to
        roots initiatives
                                                                               education


   Encourage
volunteer learning                                                             Include healthcare
 and leadership                                                                and women’s issues
  development



            Provide opportunities                               Transfer learning to
            to NRIs to help within                                promote faster
                    India            Raise resources and              growth
                                     awareness to support
                                          objectives
                          Mission
                         Statement
To catalyze socio-economic change in
    India through the education of
       underprivileged children.
                                                  Asha Chicago


  1996         1998              2001            2005           2006


  Asha          Creative        Concert by     Worldwide        45 Asha runners
Chicago is      Writing           Pandit       conference        raised $49000
  born          Contest         Hariprasad
                                Chaurasia     Concert by Pt.    Brialle printer for
                                              Vishwa Mohan      blind students in
              NetIP hosted a                 Bhatt and Kushal        Gujarat
  First      banquet in honor                       Das
Fundraiser   of Asha Chicago
                                                                Asha healthcare
                                              6 Asha runners      fellowship
                                               in the LaSalle
                                              Bank Chicago         A total of 7
                                                  Marathon       development
                                                                related projects
                          Asha to-date

8,900,000   – Dollars Raised

300,000     – Children Supported

1,000       – Volunteers World-Wide

385         – Projects Across India
                   Text



24          – States with Asha Projects


0           - Overhead Cost
                         Asha is Unique…

   Relationships
  Built with the                  Sensitivity
  communities
  that we serve             For our donors’ need for
                           accountability, their need
                          for seeing real change and
                            measuring it, as well as
                         remaining responsible to the
                             communities we serve.
   Knowledge Base

About what works and
 what doesn’t work in
alternative education.
          Project Overview


Aralu   Asmita, Gramya, and Navjyoti
                                Our Volunteers




Dr. Murali Mani

     • A University Professor
     • An Asha Star
                              Future for Asha

• At least one project in every district by 2010
• Universal Quality Education by 2047
• Transfer our schools to government funded schools
  on an ongoing basis
• More responsibility in the area of vocational
  training
• More responsibility in the area of healthcare and
  other technology based solutions
• A knowledgebase for ground realities and for
  socioeconomic growth
                                               Internal Controls

•   Annual site visits by our volunteers
•   Annual audited financial report
•   Semi-annual un-audited financial report
•   Regular communication via mail, phone and e-mail
•   Relationship building based on partnership, rather than funding
    agency model.
•   Zero-overhead
     – 100% of your donations goes to projects in India
     – Administrative expenses covered by volunteers or donations specifically
       earmarked for this purpose
•   Privacy
     – Utmost respect for privacy of donors
•   Transparency
     – All records available online
     – All meetings are open to all
•   Flat hierarchy – initiative driven
•   Democratic
       Recognition

• We received a 4/4 star
  rating, 2 years in a row
• #1 charity in the field
  of International Relief
  & Development (out of
  162).
• Tops the “10 slam-
  dunk charities” list.
• We scored 69.79/70
             How Can I Help?



Supporters
   Supporting Information


   More details about Asha
Chicago’s development projects
           in India
                                             Aralu

      Location                        The Big Picture

Bidar, Bidar District-   •   It is a traditionally drought-prone
       Karnataka             area. Although it has rained over the
                             last two years, poor water retention
                             has left the water-table unchanged.
                         •   Severe lack of economic opportunities
                             has forced generation after generation
                             of men to leave in search of work
                         •   They have left behind single mothers
                             to fend for themselves.
                         •   Faced with social stigma and severe
                             poverty, these women either sell their
                             children or abandon them.
                         •   This has resulted in a large number of
                             orphans in the area.
                         •   Violence against women and between
                             castes is also very prevalent.
                                                                     Aralu

     Project Description                                      Purpose/Goal
•   Two Pre-Primary Centers:
                                           Aralu focuses on dalit and tribal communities. Their
     –   Baby-sitting while elder
         sisters go to primary school.         work includes social, environmental and child-
     –   Motivate mothers to                   rights awareness, watershed and rural agricultural
         participate in their children’s       development programs, women’s self help groups
         education.                            and education of children.
     –   Improve enrollment at the
         primary school level.
     –   Provide access to quality
         education and provide a
         positive environment for
         learning.
•   Orphanage
     –   Provide food and a home.                                Statistics
     –   Help the children develop as
         independent self confident        Project Type: Pre-Primary
         individuals                       Primary Focus: Children of Dalits/Tribals
     –   Capacity building, child
         rights and education.             Secondary Focus: Health and Cleanliness
•   Asha Chicago supports 2                Other Focus: To Integrate children into formal schools
    PPCs and the orphanage.                Number of Children: 54
                                           Boy/Girl Ratio: 1 : 1
                                           Student/Teacher Ratio: 14 : 1
                                                    Aralu

          Achievements                           The Future
•   Suhasini – a product of Asha     •   Convert two of Aralu’s current
    Chicago supported PPC has            PPCs into govt’s Anganwadi.
    topped her govt. school class        Monitor progress.
    for the last 3 years.            •   Expansion into other villages
•   100% children from PPCs go on        with low % of primary school
    to govt. schools.                    enrollment.
•   Self-help groups provide         •   Continue work on preventing
    women a financial safety-net,        child-trafficking and on
    economic stability and an            women’s empowerment.
    entrepreneurial opportunity.     •   The three year plan is to start
•   SHGs have helped increase the        two science labs to supplement
    women’s voice in the village         govt. schools. Currently, there
    panchayat. One woman even            are none in the area.
    won a Panchayat election.        •   The five year plan includes
•   Aralu has been able to work in       reducing drop-outs from govt.
    harmony with the community.          schools by providing night
                                         schools, bridge schools and
                                         teachers training.
                                   Asmita

  Location                   The Big Picture

 Lucknow -
Uttar Pradesh   •   Children with IQ between 70 and 85.
                •   Generally get behind in school due to
                    special needs not being addressed.
                •   Social stigma prevents parents from
                    seeking specialize help.
                •   Slow learners are often avoided and
                    ridiculed by their normal
                    counterparts.
                •   If they are put with mentally retarded
                    children (IQ < 70), they imitate their
                    behavior and temperament.
                •   Their IDENTITY (ASMITA) is
                    endangered, not only in society but in
                    their own family.
                                                        Asmita

     Project Description                           Purpose/Goal
•   To support the              Teaching, training and rehabilitation of slow
    Education, Rehabilitation
    and Training Expenses of        learners.
    7 children cared for by     Certificate course in psychological counseling.
    Asmita.                     Information services regarding disability.
•   Survey of greater-          Research activity relating to mental disability.
    Lucknow area to
    determine extent of the     Personality Empowerment Program.
    problem.
•   Develop specialized
    curriculum for slow                               Statistics
    learners.
•   With Asha London’s help,    •   Project Type: Children with disabilities
    Asmita has also started a   •   Primary Focus: Slow learners
    Rural Community Health      •   Secondary Focus: Remedial Education
    Care Program in             •   Number of Children: 7
    backward areas where        •   Student/Teacher Ratio: 1 : 1
    the primary health center
    inaccessible.
                                              Asmita

         Achievements                        The Future
•   Developed custom syllabus    •   Collaborate with other groups
    for slow learners.               working in the field.
•   Survey of greater Lucknow    •   Seek ways to incorporate
                                     learning from Asmita in other
    showed that 4% of children
                                     Asha projects in the area.
    are slow learners – twice
    that of earlier govt.
    estimates.
                              Gramya Sansthan

     Location                      The Big Picture

Varanasi District –   •   Tribal community in hilly region north
                          of Varanasi.
  Uttar Pradesh
                      •   There is a lack of irrigation facilities
                          and fertile land, allowing little
                          agriculture in this area.
                      •   Three castes: Yadavs, Chamars and
                          Mushahars. Prevalent inter-caste
                          tensions.
                      •   Community caught in cross-fire
                          between Naxalites and Police.
                      •   Widespread poverty
                      •   Literacy rate – 22%
                      •   Female literacy rate – 8%
                                         Gramya Sansthan

     Project Description                             Purpose/Goal
•   Gramya actively            •    To teach the tribal children who are
    participates in helping         deprived of education and promote
    the 10 villages of              awareness and importance of education and
    Naughad taluka.                 overall development.
•   Gramya has                 •    Short Term: Ensuring quality education (the
    undertaken activities           development rights of the children) to the
    such as:                        Marginalised Children of Dalit Community.
     – Primary schools         •    Long Term: Empowering the community so
     – Bal Kendra for               that they identify and seek sustainable
       children who do not          solutions to their problems.
       go to school
     – Women’s                                          Statistics
       Empowerment
     – Group activities        Project Type: Alternative Education
       involving both men      Primary Focus: Children of Dalits/Tribals
       and women, and          Number of Children: 416
       people of all castes.   Student/Teacher Ratio: 35 : 1
                                           Gramya Sansthan

          Achievements                             The Future
•   People from all three castes ate   •   Expanding to two new villages.
    together for the first time in     •   Continually improving quality
    one of Gramya’s schools.               of education through innovative
•   Women have become more                 teachers’ training.
    involved in village panchayats.    •   Following-up with govt. run
•   Ganesh – First person ever             primary schools to ensure
    from the Mushahar community            quality of education.
    in that area graduated from 5th
    grade in 2004.
•   Two primary schools run by
    Gramya have been turned over
    to the govt.
                                                Navjyoti

         Location                          The Big Picture

Rajatalab, Varanasi - Uttar   •   This area is home to the silk-weavers
           Pradesh                who make the world-renowned
                                  Benarasi saris.
                              •   Children work with their parents on
                                  handlooms because that is the only
                                  way their fingers will be nimble
                                  enough to continue the art when they
                                  grow up.
                              •   Nandlal had a chance to live with his
                                  sister in the city and hence got an
                                  opportunity to go to school.
                              •   When in 10th, he started tutoring
                                  children in his village. He continued
                                  that as he got a BA and an MA from
                                  BHU.
                                                     Navjyoti

     Project Description                        Purpose/Goal
•   Two full-time primary   •   To train social workers at village level
    schools                 •   To build the capacity of villagers to solve their
•   12 Non-formal               problems themselves.
    education centers       •   To increase awareness about social issues and
                                economic self-reliance in the villages.
•   Kalamanch – a street-   •   Pay special attention to the education of girls,
    theatre troup               develop awareness about their rights through
•   Sewing center for           education and to undertake united action for
    young women                 women's equality, respect and status.
                            •   To develop system of education for a just human
•   Gym for young men           order replacing the existing faulty education
•   Women’s self-help           system.
    groups                                         Statistics
                            Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers
                            Primary Focus: children of Dalits/Tribals
                            Secondary Focus: Children who are working
                            Number of Children: 500
                            Student/Teacher Ratio: 17 : 1
                       Navjyoti

       Achievements   The Future

Youth taking
leadership in their
community
                            Asha Chicago
                               Events

• Marathon – Our goal is to get 35 runners in
  2006 (Feb-Oct).
• Asha Cup Cricket Tournament (Jun-Aug)
• Concerts (Apr, Oct)
• Lecture series (Mar)

				
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