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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

Asha Cincinnati 5K Run Walk: Let’s Run and Educate

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 on 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. You can register for the run via following links:

http://www.ashanet.org/cincinnati/

https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=3504

Leave a Comment June 17, 2010

Our Hearts, Their Minds, One Hope- Why I volunteer for Asha …

I have been trying my friends to contribute for my blog for a while. So here is the first contributed post from Sanketh. In this article he talks about his volunteering experience with non for profit organization Asha for Education. Asha, of which I am also a volunteer, works for raising awareness and providing education to underprivileged kids in India. Thanks Sanketh for the contribution.

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Our Hearts, Their Minds, One Hope

Why I volunteer for Asha …

By Sanketh Bhat

“Education frees us and gives us wings to fly”– Anonymous

Almost 49 million school-age children in India do not attend school and conservative estimates are that over 11 million Indian children under 14 are engaged in child-labor. Unfortunately, 29% (over 317 million) of India’s population lives below the national poverty line and 35% (over 329 million) of the global illiterate population lives in India.

Are these just statistics? Or Must something be done?

America calling

I arrived at Gainesville, FL to pursue my graduate studies in the University of Florida in mid-December 2006. Being holiday season, one of the largest university towns of US having a population of over about 0.2 million with over 55000 students had a deserted look. Just when I was getting bored having nothing to do, with commencement of classes a good 3 weeks away, I got an e-mail on the Indian students group of the university. It said ‘Shramadaan – come and volunteer in the basketball event’ and help the underprivileged children in India. Basketball and football are huge events in the ‘Gator Nation’ (gator is the UF mascot) winning three national championships in a year. With the initial excitement to see and meet new people, I agreed to volunteer for the event. That’s when I got introduced to Asha UFlorida popularly known as ‘Gators for Asha’, the University of Florida (UF) chapter of Asha for Education.

The Gators roar

‘Asha for Education’ is an all-volunteer global non-profit organization. It was born out of the desire to bring hope to the lives of underprivileged children in India. Gators for Asha (Asha UFlorida) was started by five UF students back late in 2003 and in a span of seven years, we have grown and have supported many educational and health care projects in our country.

Why do I volunteer for Asha ?

India has the highest number of NGO’s in the world. Among the plethora of NGO’s, why did I choose Asha ?

Being a volunteer of Asha for 3 years now, having been associated with a few projects, speaking to people outside Asha about the organization, my motivation to volunteer with this organization has only grown and I am proud to be associated with a part of this group.

  • Asha exists for projects – The group being made up of students and professionals from different fields are sufficiently motivated to see our projects and children in our projects are doing well
  • Flat structure, non-hierarchical, bottom-up approach – In this age of globalization and top-down corporate structures, here we are shaking of the this trend and silently and steadily inching towards our goal. Asha will soon be entering its 20th year.
  • Volunteer driven – Being completely volunteer driven, every volunteer has a choice on how much time or what (s)he wants to contribute to, of course, within the frameworks of Asha
  • Zero-overhead policy – Asha has a zero-overhead policy so every penny of donations go directly towards projects.

These are some of the more generic reasons most volunteers will give. But what gravitated me to Asha UFlorida are some of the reasons listed below:

  • Asha UFlorida consciously makes an effort to support support smaller NGO’s and pilot projects
  • We don’t want our project partners to do the government’s job. We proactively make an effort to make sure our project partner are an extended part of the local governing bodies and supplement governments work
  • We understand that big is not always better, it is not always beneficial to talk about scalability and that no development is possible unless the local community wants it. One of Asha’s strengths in my opinion is that we motivate individuals and groups who want to be facilitators of such a positive change in their community.

But a question lurks in my mind, ‘Is what we are doing enough?’, then I understand a journey of thousand steps begins with the first one..this is only the beginning.

And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost

Leave a Comment June 4, 2010

Go Team Asha UFlorida!!

All the best Team Asha UFlorida for 4th annual Gate River run!! Just saw that you guys crossed $10,000 mark, Well done!! I will be waiting for this year’s pictures. Was going back the memory lane and remembering our first Gate River run in 2007… Just want to say thanks to Coaches Rick and Dana again for all their love and support to Team Asha all these years..

Team Asha is a fundraising program of Asha for Education where volunteers raise funds for education of underprivileged children in India by participating in various running events including 15 k, Half Marathon and Full marathons.

Leave a Comment March 9, 2010

Prakash Center for Children

Prakash center is an initiative taken up by Dr Pawan Sinha from MIT to improve the condition of children with disabilities in India focusing primarily on blindness. The planned center in Rishikesh will have hospitals to provide treatment, schooling facilities for children and will also have a cutting edge research facility. Dr Sinha’s group has already published some pathbreaking results in the field of cognitive neuroscience and learning and its application to improve the lives of millions of children all around the world will be a great step forward. Some of the group’s work has been highlighted in recent talk by Dr Sinha during TED India event.

Leave a Comment February 27, 2010

Budget 2010 and Right to Education

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the Union budget yesterday. Funds allocated to school education were increased from 26,000 crores to about 32,000 crores which corresponds to about 4% of GDP. RTE act becomes effective from April 1st 2010 which needs about 72,000 crore for its proper and complete implementation.  Even though the increase in school expenses is about 16% compared to last year, still a long way to go for RTE to become fully implemented and successful , but still hope for the best!!

1 Comment February 26, 2010

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of mind

A very motivating talk by Dr. Temple  Grandin who was diagnosed  with Autism in childhood and is noted for her animal welfare works and autism advocacy. Recently an HBO film titled ” Temple Grandin” was released based on her life and work.

Leave a Comment February 25, 2010

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