Asha Danbury

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 7 years later, we are a team of 10 motivated individuals.

Mission:
Catalyze a socioeconomic change in India through education of underprivileged children

Vision:
• Raise the required human and other resources in CT to support the organization's mission
• Provide a platform in Western CT to those who wish to engage with the organization's activities
• Partner with other nonprofit organizations in India and US doing similar work and provide education to underprivileged children
• Address, where possible, other issues affecting human life such as health care, women's issues and other socio-economic aspects

What we stand for:
Education is a fundamental right. Educate to empower.

Core values:
Our work at Asha Danbury is embedded in the following set of core values that serve as guiding principles to help us achieve our objectives.
• Mutual respect
• Non-sectarian, secular, non-political and nonreligious
• No personal benefit
• Transparency
• Democratic decision-making
• Spirit of volunteerism

Accomplishments:
• Projects supported: 7
• Funds disbursed: $113,000
• Lives touched: 400+ children and their families annually
• Budgeted items: teachers’ salaries and trainings, books and supplies, mid-day meals, hearing aids for the disabled, medical, and infrastructure enhancement