Asha for Education

To catalyze socio-economic change in India through education of underprivileged children.

  • Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.
  • In keeping with this focus, our volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them. The objectives of this group are:
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About /Core Values: Asha for Education’s working is embedded in a set of core values which guide us in all aspects of the organization. The following core values are applicable to – Asha for Education US, Canada, Europe, Australia. Section I.1 and Section I.2 is not applicable to Asha India because as a boot strapped grass-roots organization, Asha India does not have zero overheads and not all are unpaid volunteers – there are certain overheads for salaries of accountant and running of Asha Centers in Asha India. 

Volunteerism:

All chapters and volunteers of Asha for Education participate through the spirit of volunteerism. It means that not a single person in any chapter is paid a salary, stipend, honorarium or any form of financial reimbursement. There is also no paid membership to be an Asha volunteer. An Asha volunteer is an unpaid volunteer and participates in the spirit of pure volunteerism through a local chapter.

We believe that it has been possible for many to participate as volunteers for many reasons, but mainly because first, most of the volunteers are professionals, second, core values resonate with volunteers who do join and third, because volunteers lives are enriched by being of service with others.

Zero Overhead:

Since there is no paid staff and no office rent, we are able to keep a very low overhead for administrative expense. This minimal overhead entails the credit card transaction fees that are imposed by the credit card processing company, PO Box rental and other incidentals. This minimal overhead is typically covered through contributions from volunteers. Hence, we can promise our supporters that 100% of their contributions go directly to projects and community initiatives. This is a key factor that distinguishes us from many other organizations. This is true for all Asha for Education chapters in US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Non – Hierarchical:

No volunteer has to deal with bureaucracy to participate. There is an “open-inbox” or “open-phone” policy in Asha for Education. Asha for Education is a collective of socially conscious individuals participating through chapters. It is owned as a collective by a collective as well. No individual has more say than another. While leadership is very important, we strongly discourage a personality driven environment.

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