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Asha Varta 2010- Asha UFlorida Newsletter

Asha UFlorida chapter has released it’s annual newsletter AshaVarta2010 and the volunteers have done an awesome job of compiling all the information regarding various projects and activities. You can access the pdf version of newsletter here. Kudos to efforts of all Asha UFlorida volunteers. If you are planning to donate this season of giving, Asha for Education is another great organization you should consider.

Leave a Comment December 11, 2010

Sad Picture of The Day

The picture is sad and disturbing. They need to have books in their hands not spade, cricket ball not stones and pebbles. The picture was taken at one of the construction sites in front of Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, New Delhi during Jan 30, 2010, the month India celebrates Republic Day. I am not sure if the construction site was related to Commmonwealth Games, but its very much possible that it was. Commonwealth games brought many migrant workers to New Delhi looking for work and with them they also brought their children and they could be seen working in these sites and many organizations tried to help out these children and families. Even Asha for Education UFlorida chapter recevied a proposal from one of the NGOs for these kids but due to various reasons the project couldn’t be funded, one of them being lack of volunteer bandwidth. Kids working for bread and milk, its sad 🙁 If this picture stirs you inside, do join any of your nearby organization which works for children and do whatever minimum you can do. Committed volunteers needed!!

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”- Gandhi
 

Picture credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/ Boston.com Bigpicture

Leave a Comment September 30, 2010

The Girl Effect


Give a girl a chance and she can change the world, that’s The Girl Effect. The conditions of girl child living in poverty in developing countries is miserable. It’s hard for most of us to even imagine what they have to go through just becase they were born in a poor family. I am glad various organizations have taken up the cause of focusing on girl child, but still a lot need to be done which calls for collective action from not-for-profit organizations, policy makers and individuals. A girl child if given a chance can change the whole scenario drastically, what she needs is just an opportunity. So spread the word and do your bit. Here are some facts compiled by girleffect.org .

  • Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
  • Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  • Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers.
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percentof it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
  • One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15.
  • One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18; 14 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth in developing countries each year.
  • A survey in India found that girls who married before age18 were twice as likely to report being beaten, slapped, or threatened by their husbands as were girls who married later.
  • Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Compared with women ages 20 to 24, girls ages 10 to 14 are five times more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15 to 19 are up to twice as likely, worldwide.
  • 75 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV in Africa are female, up from 62 percent in 2001.

 Video: girleffect.org | Patty| Mighty Nice

1 Comment September 27, 2010

Empowered By The Bicycle

Link Tv is running ViewChange Online Film contest for short films which showcases strong and powerful stories of empowerment, progress and development in developing countries. There are many amazing movies; you can vote for them till Sep 15. This particular  film is a part of feature length documentary ” With My Own Two wheels” which tells stories of individuals who have been empowered by humble bicycle, the same bicycle which for many of us is a choice of lifestyle , while for some it can be a tool for empowerment.  The film shows that for empowering people large amounts of funds are not required, what is required is a group of dedicated people and proper vision and good things will happen. Dedication and motivation of Bharati is incredible and I wish her all the best. Such kids need our help and support and they will achieve great heights in life. Such stories make me feel how lucky I am to have to all the opportunities in life and I should stop complaining about little things I don’t have.

Leave a Comment September 5, 2010

Help Empower – Work An Hour

Your donation of $10-20 can have far reaching impact on lives of hundreds and thousands of underprivileged children in India.  There are 13 projects this year which have been selected for Work an Hour, annual fund-raising campaign by Asha for Education. These projects need your support and I request you to donate symbolically one hour of your salary or more and also ask your friends to do the same. Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.

PS: You can choose project as “Rehabilitation center for Blind Women” and chapter affiliation as “Cincinnati” in donation forms.

Leave a Comment September 1, 2010

Praharsha Rocked Gainesville!!

It was a great weekend in Gainesville, Florida. Asha UFlorida/ Gators for Asha organized their 5th Annual cultural festival, Praharsha-festival of Hope and Happiness, on Aug 28th and the show rocked Gainesville!! Kudos to efforts of all the dedicated volunteers and performers for making the show such a success. I had the opportunity to attend all the 5 Praharshas and I can tell how the show has grown in terms of quality, variety and coordination. I remember when we organized the first Praharsha, we had tough time finding performers, sponsors and we were worried about the number of audience we will get. About 250 people attended the first Praharsha and going from 250 to 700 people in 5 years is a great jump. Keep up the good work guys. I am sure success of Praharsha will also result in recruiting more dedicated volunteers and Asha Uflorida chapter can continue the tradition of supporting more and more innovative and unique projects for improving quality of education of children in India. Watching the show and seeing all the new faces working with such enthusiasm, made me feel nostalgic as well made me feel proud. Keep it up!!

Picture credit: Asha UFlorida | Kunal | Arun

Leave a Comment September 1, 2010

Asha Cincinnati 5K Run Walk: 24th July- Results

Updates: Thanks all the participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the event a great success!! We will be uploading the pictures of the event in a day or two on Asha Cincinnati website. Results have already been uploaded. You can also find the results here as well:

Asha Run Overall Asha Run Ages Asha Men Run Top 10 Asha Women Run Top 10

Asha Walk Overall Asha Walk Ages Asha Men Walk Top 5 Asha Women Walk Top 5

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If you live in Cincinnati area, please join Asha for Education, Cincinnati chapter in our second Annual 5K Run Walk event to be held tomorrow, July 24th. Join us in raising awareness and funds for education of underprivileged kids in India. Net proceeds will go for support of Asha Cincinnati projects. Let’s Run and Educate… The course of the run can be found here. Online registration has closed now but you can join us tomorrow on the race day itself and participate or contact Steve at 513-777-1080 or Srini at  513-259-6939

Asha Cincinnati is currently supporting two projects- Vasista Mithila Vidyalayam and Rehabilitaion center for Blind Women . We are also in the process of reviewing a new proposal. Here is how we did from 2009 until now in terms of fund raising, funds disbursement and usage of funds:

Leave a Comment July 23, 2010

Take a Minute. Donate An Hour. Change a Life

Asha for Education  launches it’s annual two-month long world-wide fundraising campaign “Work an Hour” today. The idea is simple but it’s going to impact and change lives of thousands of kids in India. So come, join us, work an hour by symbolically donating one hour of your salary or more towards education, health and social empowerment of underpriveleged kids in India. It’s just a tiny amount for us but will bring about lifelong change in lives of these kids. So, join us and spread the word and let’s bring some smile.

There are 13 projects which are showcased this time in WAH 2010 and the goal is to raise $200,000 in two months which will not be possible without support and efforts of all of us. One thing is guranateed that every penny donated will be put to best use for the cause it’s donated for. Asha Cincinnati has also got it’s one project showcased- “Rehabilitation Center for Blind Women”. The center is doing amazing job in training, educating and empowering blind girls and women in Trichy area. Asha Cincinnati is supporting in educational initaitives of this project. There are many success stories to share from this project. RCBW has enabled many women to lead a normal, independent life and helped them become financially independent. Many of them are working  in various fields including becoming a professor, starting up own businesses etc. You can read more about the project on the WAH 2010 page. (While donating please choose affiliate chapter as Asha Cincinnati. Thanks!)

WAH 2010   RCBWProject page     Donation Link 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XziWvDLEgpc   httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jh2VvKbmLw

Leave a Comment July 15, 2010

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