Our National Benefactors
ASHA FOR EDUCATION: Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. In keeping with this focus, volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them.
The objectives of Asha for Education are:
- To provide education to underprivileged children in India.
- To encourage the formation of local chapters across the world to reach out to larger sections of the population.
- To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.
- To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.
- To provide opportunities to individuals living outside India who wish to participate in Asha activities in India.
- To address, wherever possible, other life affecting issues such as health care, the environment, socioeconomic aspects and women's issues.
To date, Asha has supported more than 385 different projects spanning 24 states in India. In terms of project funding, almost $4,000,000 has been disbursed to these projects since Asha's inception. In 2002 alone, Asha chapters raised and disbursed more than $1,000,000 to over 200 projects.
Student Partnership Award for 2007
At 2008's National Conference in Dallas, Asha for Education presented to Delta Phi Omega the "Asha for Education – Student Partnership Award for 2007".
The Asha for Education Partnership Student Award recognizes campus and community groups that work together to produce measurable improvements in children's lives and to enhance learning in India. The winning organization/group receives an official recognition to be shared equally between the campus partners.
The Asha for Education Student Partnership Award aims to recognize the work conducted by Delta Phi Omega & increase the number and the effectiveness of campus-community partnerships and promote university citizenship by: providing recognition for outstanding campus-community partnerships, encouraging cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders on critical social and economic issues and providing a model for recognizing and mobilizing campus-community partnerships for other states to adopt.
Through hard work and determination, through events such as Literacy Week, this award was made possible.
PRATHAM:Since inception, the goal of Pratham has been to ensure that "every child is in school... and is learning well." Over a 9 year period, Pratham has reached out to a million children. An accelerated learning method, which an unlterred child starts reading and computing basic mathematics in 3 weeks, has been in use since late 2002 and has taught over 160,000 children since then to become literate.
Universalization of pre-school education is an important strategy for achieving universalization of primary education. If every child can avail of some kind of early childhood education, the chances are high that the child will go on to regular school. Moreover, the pre-school exposure will enhance and strengthen the child's subsequent school performance, in terms of achievement and attendance.
- Targets pre-school children in the 3-5 years age group
- Aims at exposing unreached children from low-income families to early childhood education
- Each class has around 18 children with an instructor from the local community and runs for 2-3 hours a day
- Located either at a municipal school, community space, place of worship or a teacher's home
- Strengthening capacity for self-help
- Providing economic opportunity
- Delivering relief in emergencies
- Influencing policy decisions at all levels
- Addressing discrimination in all its forms