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November 2017

Asha Insights: Q2-Q3

About Asha Zurich


Asha Zurich is a chapter of Asha for Education, a world- wide organization that works dedicatedly to catalyze socio-economic change through the education of underprivileged children in India. We have no paid staff, no office rent and hence very low overheads, typically covered through contributions from volunteers. This is a key factor that distinguishes us from many other organizations. In 2017, Asha Zurich is sending more than 1,300 underprivileged children to school in seven projects with an annual budget of more than CHF 100,000. Write to us at info@asha-zurich.ch with any queries about our projects and activities.

Asha Zurich is happy to present to you our second newsletter for 2017.

Events in Zurich


Asha volunteers set up publicity stalls and gave presentations at the IAGZ Mela and the Infosys Diwali celebration in August and October, respectively. Our efforts were appreciated and several people at the Infosys event expressed interest in volunteering to provide support for organizing site visits and other help in India. We thank Doris, Deepika and Rajesh for organizing the events.


Project ‘Palas’Special classes were conducted for the Palas students who are in VMS and Anand Sadan boarding houses every day of the week to facilitate learning, especially English. Teacher Training courses were also conducted on 6 and 7 September, where they were provided training in various computer skills such as Excel by Mr. Kesram Pawara. Sessions on English pronunciation, Marathi, and Maths were also conducted and teachers were encouraged to learn and employ new teaching methods.

Teacher`s Day was celebrated in collaboration with the `Giants Club'. MLA of Shirpur Taluka, Mr.Kashiram Pawara, who is an ex-student of VMS, was the chief guest of the program. Giant`s club honored two senior Palas teachers, Mr.Bansila Pawara and Mr. Tarasingh Pawara for their contribution to VMS.

Lok Biradari Prakalp

Lok Biradari Prakalp is a school for tribal children, started by Dr. Prakash and, his wife, Mandakini Amte in 1973 in the forests of Hemalkasa, a remote region located between Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. It offers a sanctuary of peace in a region inhabited by wild animals, venomous snakes, and Naxalites (ultra-left rebels).

The school serves 650 students from 600 neighboring villages and provides education up to 12th standard with boarding, lodging, and medical facilities. It is aided by 14 teachers and 6 volunteers. The students performed well in the 10th standard examinations: of the 46 students who appeared in the exam, 39 passed. 4 students passed with first division, 17 with second and 18 with second division.

In addition to academics, the LBP students also did well in sports. They participated in the Federation`s state level competition in Balewadi, Pune and there were several winners: Kajal:gold medal in long jump, Shivaji: silver medal in 800 metres Shewanti: silver medal in pole vault and Saguna: bronze medal in javelin throw.

The world`s indigenous peoples` day was celebrated on 9 August. The children planted trees and learned about environmental and forest conservation.

Independence day and Janmashtmi were also celebrated enthusiastically in the school.

Boys Town Society

The Francois Meyer Matriculation School (FMMS), which changed its name from Francois Meyer Nursery and Primary School (FMNP), has been operational for six years now and is run by the Boy`s Town Society (BTS).
The aim of the school is to provide high-quality, English-medium and value-based education to rural children, especially first generation learners, from poor socio-economic backgrounds around Tirumangalam, a municipality near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. In this academic year, the school had 297 children, from LKG (lower Kindergarten) to 6th standard.

The academic year was filled with academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Independence day and Children`s day were celebrated enthusiastically with entertaining cultural programs. A one-day trip to Madurai was also organized for the 4th and 5th standard students of the school on 5 April. They were taken to Thirupparankundram Temple, Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Rajaji ECO Park, Gandhi Museum and Thirumalai Nayaker Mahal. The children enjoyed the trip very much.


Parent-teacher meetings were held in July 2016 and March 2017, in which the school correspondent Dr. P.N. Narayana Raja envisaged a glorious future for the school, highlighting the various upcoming facilities in the new school building. Additionally, to reward the staff of the school, a two-day tour with their families to Coimbatore was arranged. This was a unique and enriching experience for all.

At FMNP, the health and well-being of the students is always a priority. In accordance with the government`s mission of eradicating measles and rubella, a vaccination program was conducted in the school on 9th February. Furthermore, a national de-worming day was also observed in August by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. The nursing staff from T.Pudupatti Primary Health Centre came to the school and gave medicines to all students.
Yoga is also taught at the school to promote fitness and concentration. As part of the ``Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan'', students cleaned the school on 16. October. All students celebrated ``International Yoga day'' on 21 June by performing Yoga during assembly prayer.

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