Asha Danbury's Story
Asha Danbury was founded in summer of year 2010. It all started with a casual discussion on an article published in the Hindustan Times, on hungry children in Ganne, Uttar Pradesh, India, eating mud due to poverty. A few of us shared our thoughts and talked of ways in which we could make a positive impact on such communities. As we talked, we linked poverty to education, and Asha for Education's philosophy of empowering underprivileged communities with education resonated with us. We realized the need to have a Chapter in Danbury where we could all contribute efforts. This formed the beginning of Asha-Danbury and the Chapter was launched on August 15th, 2010. Starting with only 2 members in July 2010, a month later we doubled on our team and 6 years later, we are a team of about 15 highly motivated individuals and continue to grow.
We have supported 7 well-deserving projects and have disbursed ~$113000 towards teachers’ salaries and trainings, books and supplies, mid-day meals, hearing aids for the disabled, and infrastructure enhancement among others. Our work at Asha Danbury has touched the lives of more than 400 children and we continue to catalyze change. ‘Danbury’ is the only Chapter within Asha for Education that supports projects Sahyog and Ashray Akruti.