Asha's History

Asha for Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of basic education in India. Asha, which means hope in many Indian dialects, was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and has since grown to over 65 chapters scattered throughout the United States, Europe, East Asia and India. Each of these chapters raises funds to support various education-related projects in India.
Since its inception, Asha has partnered with more than 800+ NGOs from across 24 states in India and has disbursed in excess of $25 million. In 2012 alone, Asha has disbursed $2+ million and has supported the education of 250,000+ kids in India directly and many hundreds of thousands more indirectly.

Asha Hartford's Story

Asha - Hartford started as a satellite chapter of Asha - Yale, and became a full chapter in 2009. Asha - Hartford volunteers maintain a close personal involvement with the organizations and projects that are funded. The group has grown rapidly and has close to one hundred patrons and a core working group of about fifteen volunteers. The core group works in the form of focus groups - projects, fundraising and publicity.