Asha for Education's 11th Annual Work an Hour (WAH) Online Campaign Raises $40K

In sixty-one years of Indian independence, India has made significant strides in economy, infrastructure, health care, etc., yet the availability of basic education to the poor always has been a challenge. Asha for Education is targeting raising funds of $200K towards education projects in rural India.

New York, NY, August 17, 2008 --( Children from rural communities suffer from hunger and ill health due to their parents' poverty. They also lack social support infrastructure, such as schools, books, teachers, and grievance centers. In many ways, these children lose out to their peers in urban India.

Asha for Education recognizes the gaps in India's efforts to combat these problems in rural India and seeks to fill them by supporting grassroots, community-based NGOs that are working to strengthen the educational needs of India's children. By increasing access and opportunities to education for all children in India, and those in rural communities in particular, Asha for Education volunteers believe that a better standard of living can be achieved for the rural population. The fifteen projects selected are based in rural parts of the country and focus on innovative ways of strengthening the school systems through better infrastructure, teaching methods, adequate supplies, and well-trained teachers.

This summer, Asha has so far received $40K in donations. With a target of $200K, Asha hopes to raise the additional $160K through charitable contributions, matching donations and corporate sponsorships.

15 Projects - 18 Schools – 3,000 Children - $200,000 USD

Please support this cause and make your contribution at:

Asha for Education
Harinee Sampath