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Happy Independence Day !

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history

- Mohandas Gandhi

At Asha for Education, we take a holistic approach to drive socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.

In the year 2017, Asha hit the following milestones:

  • $4.3 million disbursed to India
  • Supported 196 grassroots projects in India
  • Impacted 240,000 children

All of this has been possible with the concerted effort of 1500+volunteers in more than 52 chapters and You, our patrons!

This Independence Day, we are kicking off our first 'Education For Everyone' campaign and we hope you will support us in making our dream more of a reality, a dream of enabling everyone to reach their true potential, by providing education to everyone irrespective of caste, race, religion or economic background. There are many ways to contribute, from monetary donations to volunteering your time, representing grassroots projects and supporting us with chapter level activities. 

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Project Spotlight - Astha

Before a constraint shows up in the world it shows up in the mind and exists in agreements that are formed. The fundamental barrier for people is, this agreement, that there are only a limited set of possibilities for differently abled people.

Astha aspires to ignite the dreams of the differently-abled and the world about what is newly possible. Astha is a non-profit organization founded as an outreach project in the slum communities of Govindpuri, in South Delhi. Since 1996, Astha has been providing rehabilitation services to children with disabilities such as polio, blindness, speech and hearing impairments, epilepsy, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy. It is one of the few cross-disability organizations working with adults and children, irrespective of the type and severity of the disability. Asha for Education, Seattle Chapter has been supporting this project since 1998.


Naksh is a 5-year-old boy living with his parents at Okhla. He has cerebral palsy, due to which he cannot control his body’s movements. Being untrained in dealing with a disabled child, Naksh’s family only fed him soft foods, which left him undernourished. He was unable to communicate and interact with society.

When Naksh’s mother heard about Astha, she started bringing him to the center, regularly. At Astha, they trained her to feed Naksh nutritious food, to improve his health. Naksh has been provided with a wheelchair, as well as a special chair for his postural balance. He has also learnt to communicate using sign language and participates eagerly in classroom activities. Naksh’s parents are filled with hope and continue to work with him, under the watchful eye of Astha’s compassionate and expert counselors.

Astha project helping parents of children with special needs.  

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Volunteer Spotlight - Garima Bangard


We took the time to interview one of our passionate volunteers, Garima to know about what motivates her to volunteer with Asha
 
Tell me about what you do as an Asha volunteer.

I play few different roles for Asha. I have been the treasurer for the Seattle chapter for the last three years. I am an event coordinator. I have been the project steward for the project Muskaan for the last 7 years and have been nominated to the Asha central treasury role this year.

How did you get involved with Asha?

In 2010, a friend invited me to a chapter meeting. After the meeting, a volunteer chatted with me and asked me if I’d be interested in a role as co-steward for the project Muskaan from Bhopal. I have been the project steward since then.
What was your motivation for working on this project?

I guess this goes back to my childhood. I grew up in a rural and backward area of MP where we did not have easy access to good schools. Fortunately, my family could afford to send me to a quality school though it was far from where we lived. Many of my friends were not so lucky. I knew that they could do much better at studies if they went to better schools. This thought has stayed with me since. Giving kids access to quality education early is important. Muskaan reaches out to 800 kids every year in 23 slums of Bhopal.


How have you managed to sustain the initial surge of excitement over all these years?

I knew that they could do much better at studies if they went to better schools. This thought has stayed with me since. Giving kids access to quality education early is important. Muskaan reaches out to 800 kids every year in 23 slums of Bhopal..I grew up in a rural and backward area of MP where we did not have easy access to good schools. Fortunately, my family could afford to send me to a quality school though it was far from where we lived. Many of my friends were not so lucky. I guess this goes back to my childhood
 
Read more of this interview on Asha for Education Blog.
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Upcoming Events

The King of the Dark Chamber

Venue: Meydenbauer Center , Bellevue
Date: Saturday September 29,2018
Showtimes: 3PM-5PM & 7PM-9PM
 
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