Asha Zurich FAQ
All you wanted to know about Asha Zurich but didnt know whom to ask! If you would like to volunteer some of your free time for Asha, join us as an active member, wish to contribute monetarily or are just curious, read on.!
- What is Asha?
- How does Asha achieve its goals?
- How does Asha select projects?
- Is Asha an acronym?
- How big is Asha?
- What are our costs?
- Who does Asha Zurich consist of?
- How does Asha Zurich as a chapter, operate within the larger framework of the worldwide organization?
- What are some of the activities of Asha Zurich?
- How do I join Asha?
- Is there a membership fee?
- Where are the meetings held?
- Can I participate even if I don't have much free time?
- Can I be an Asha Zurich volunteer even if I don't live in Zurich?
- How can I help raise funds?
- Is there a need for literacy in India?
- Where do I find more information about Asha?
What is Asha?
Asha is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of providing basic education to children in India. Asha was started in the summer of 1991, when a few students at Berkeley got together to do their part in bringing hope and opportunity to poor and underprivileged children.
How does Asha achieve its goals?
We at Asha believe that an educated population is both a critical requisite and an effective catalyst for socio-economic changes in India. We work through non-governmental organizations working in rural areas of the country. We raise funds for these groups, conduct site visits and monitor their progress. We also try to raise awareness in our local community about child illiteracy issues in India.
How does Asha select projects?
- We usually hear about projects through mail or word-of-mouth. Asha works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have no political or religious affiliations. We screen the projects rigorously through correspondence and site visits.
- After a project is approved for support, we raise funds for their requirements.
- After sending the funds, we regularly monitor the progress through periodic written reports and annual site visits.
- More FAQs about ASHA project process evaluation here.
Is Asha an acronym?
No Asha is not an acronym. Asha stands for Hope in several Indian languages. The hope that good education holds for the children of India and for the future of the country. The hope that we aim to bring into the lives of children in India.
How big is Asha?
Since its inception, people from different parts of the US and Europe have joined this endeavor. At present, there are over 67 full-fledged ASHA chapters in various cities and universities, including Berkeley, Cornell, Los Angeles, MIT, New York City/New Jersey, Silicon Valley, Stanford, Munich, Frankfurt, etc. In 1992 Asha was also registered as a Trust at New Delhi by the founder of Asha, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, who went back to India after completing a PhD from Berkeley. Chapters of Asha now exist in Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and other cities too.
What are our costs?
Asha for Education is run entirely by volunteers. Thus, we do not deduct any administrative expenses from general donations, and 100% of the money donated to Asha goes for funding projects in India.
Who does Asha Zurich consist of?
We are a group of students and professionals from the Zurich (ETHZ, UNI) area, and our chapter was started with Indian Students Association of Zurich in 2002.
How does Asha Zurich as a chapter, operate within the larger framework of the worldwide organization?
Though chapters of Asha are part of the worldwide organization (with the Berkeley chapter being the main chapter of Asha), they function as independent entities. Thus, Asha Zurich carries out its own fundraising and funds projects selected by its own members. We do work closely with other chapters and sometimes jointly fund projects.
What are some of the activities of Asha Zurich?
We raise (plan to raise) funds through direct donations, cultural programs/tournaments and fundraisers. We evaluate and fund projects in India, arrange for site visits and publicise them among our donors. We also interact actively with other organizations in Zurich such as the India Association of Zurich and Indian Association of Baden. Check out our events page for further details.
How do I join Asha?
Asha is an open group, with no bureaucracy or hierarchy. We encourage members to take initiative and volunteer for what they enjoy doing. You can 'join' Asha simply by attending our meetings!
Is there a membership fee?
There is no membership fee required for joining Asha. However, members do contribute, on a purely voluntary basis, funds for administrative expenses.
Where are the meetings held?
Asha meetings are open to all. Please check the meeting venue and time here for information on when and where our meetings are held. Please also join the mailing list for announcements on when and where the meetings are held.
Can I participate even if I don't have much free time?
Yes. Depending on the amount of time commitment you can make, you can volunteer for one-time or periodic activities. You can also help raise funds by doing publicity during social/cultural functions, or by spreading the awareness about Asha zurich fund-raising activities, projects or E-shop.
Can I be an Asha Zurich volunteer even if I don't live in Zurich?
Absolutely! We have a number of members and active volunteers who live outside of Zurich. Take a look at our Get Involved page to see the various activities you can undertake as a volunteer - a number of them can be done even if you're in another city.
How can I help raise funds?
Is there a need for literacy in India?
Some statistics on the problem of illiteracy Indian, with a link to the Public Report On Basic Education - PROBE
Where do I find more information about Asha?
Email us at: asha_zurich(AT)yahoo(DOT)com! We'll be happy to let you know about what we do.