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.
What we stand for:
Education is a fundamental right. Educate to empower.
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
• Democratic decision-making
• Spirit of volunteerism
• Active Projects in 2018-19: 6
• Funds disbursed since inception: $130,000
• 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
History of Asha for Education:
Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 50 chapters worldwide. Since its inception, Asha for Education has partnered with more than 800+ NGOs from across 24 states in India.
Asha for Education is a 100% volunteer driven, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in the US. All donations are tax deductible, and we send >96% of donations to our projects.