|Asha works with many schools that attempt to provide quality holistic education to children from poor economic backgrounds. These schools come under a special category called 'Alternative Education' schools (Alt-ed schools) because they seek to explore different alternatives in education. Such schools continue to encourage the spirit of enquiry in a child and help them make their choices based on nurturing the child's interest and learning. A lot of importance is given to the child's psychology at an early age so that they loose the psychological fears or complexes they may have towards learning. This encourages children to think independently and become more responsible. Most of these schools are engaged in creating and using innovative teaching methodologies that ensure that rote learning does not happen. As an example - some schools have developed excellent language teaching methodologies. Others may use creative games and experiments to explain difficult concepts in Math or Science. Some schools have changed the class room structure to encourage better children and teachers interaction. Such creativity is typically missing in the conventional education stream practiced by majority of schools in India. Alt-ed schools are often founded by persons with a strong interest in what education means, and what it should provide. Since the established patterns in the conventional education system in India are missing many aspects of what education is for - alternative education schools try to address these inadequacies and create a space for exploring alternatives in education.
Alt-ed schools that Asha supports have been especially created to not only address the pitfalls in the conventional education system but also ensure that children from poor socio-economic backgrounds are not deprived of the opportunity for high quality education. Alt-ed schools assist children in taking the main stream government exams.
|1||A.K. Montessori School
A.K. Lodi Memorial Society provides education to young children hailing from a very poor minority neighborhood in Varanasi, U.P. Asha plans on providing the school with funding to train teachers buy education material and provide nutrition.
Support SPAN to provide alternative education for ~300 children in Anandadhara, DumDum center
Asha’s funds will be used to set up a model-school providing an integral approach, philosophy of the mother, techniques of Doman (including field trips, flash cards, videos, 1:5 teaching etc) and to increase the capacity of the exisiting school, and ...
|4||Asha Trust - PARIJAT ACADEMY
To help Parijat Academy with their infrastructure and education materials for the children
|5||Auroville Educational Resource Center (AERC)
AERC provides teacher training in alternate education and joyful learning methods. The environment for learning is an actual school where the teachers can observe the methodology in action and work with the children first hand.
|Proposal or no funding info available||PONDICHERRY|
|6||Bala Mitra Badis (Tribal Community Schools)
Support for teachers' salaries and training for schools in the remote tribal areas of north coastal Andhra Pradesh. An alternate teaching method using play and traditional song and music along with the curriculum of the state government is followed.
|Silicon Valley||ANDHRA PRADESH|
|7||Basic Literacy and Educational Services for Santhals (BLESS)
The basic literacy program is a major component of Matrichaya?s community development programs. Adult education, vocational training and micro-credit programs help the villagers become economically independent.
|8||CAST - Community Action for Social Transformation
Located in a dry, drought-prone and economically marginal region southwest of Tirunelvelli district, these crèches would help the mothers to be able to go to work. It will also encourage the elder siblings (particularly the girl children) to be...
|Berkeley, Silicon Valley||TAMIL NADU|
To fund the education programme led by Center for communication and development
|10||Center For Learning
Centre for Learning has been working for the last twenty-five years to improve the quality of school education and to make quality education available to children from all sections of society, regardless of their ability to pay for the tution.
|11||CERT - Center for Environment and Rural Technology
Paryavaran Shiksha Niketan
|Silicon Valley||UTTAR PRADESH|
This village level organization is working towards collective self-reliance of about two hundred tribal families in the area.
|Seattle, St. Louis||MADHYA PRADESH|
|13||Concern for Humanity
Providing basic education to poor, deprived and vulnerable children in slums of Delhi
The Elementary Education Programme is being funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), under the ministryï¿½s scheme of financial support to innovative and experimental programmes.
|15||Domlur govt school
Computer Library for the Govt School
Padippum Inikkum (Tamil Reading Skills Program) This program brings about a rapid improvement the reading levels of children. It involves an initial evaluation of children's reading skills and groups them into 5 different levels. This is fo...
This Project focuses on supporting the continuation of the education of the 175 children who have been rescued form the rice mills and have been relocated in the nearby villages.The total estimated number of children is around 2700.
|Arizona, Austin, Toledo||TAMIL NADU|
GRAM MANGAL is a registered non-government organization working in the field of education. This project is to support their efforts in educating children in rural areas of Maharastra.
|19||Gramin Shiksha Kendra Samiti
Traditional education does not seem to lead anywhere for agrarian communities - it does not provide meaningful employment and the educated person is useless to extant agrarian patterns. Uday aims to bring relevence into education.
|Austin, Silicon Valley, Work an Hour||RAJASTHAN|
Gramya, in consolation, actively participates in helping the 10 villages of Naughad taluka. Here Gramya has undertaken activities such as: Bal Kendra for children who do not go to school, self independence of women, and group activities.
|Chicago, Seattle, Work an Hour||UTTAR PRADESH|
|21||Haritha Ecological Institute
To record and edit 30 Lecture Videos and 10 Experiment Videos for Class 7 Math & Science and upload videos to Digital Study Hall for open access to all.
|Dallas, Mid-Hudson Valley||ANDHRA PRADESH|
|22||Hijli INSPIRATION : Bridging the Divide
This project is to support Community based Accelerated Reading and Bridge Course Programme with a special focus on mainstreaming children at risk.
|Atlanta, Research Triangle Park||WEST BENGAL|
|23||Humana People to People India -- Academy of Working Children -Bhabapur
This project is to provide partial support to HPPI for their academy of working children in Bhabapur Village,Sahibabad Industrial Area, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
|24||Irula - Bharathi Trust
Provide educational motivation centers for Irula tribal children in South India.
|Athens, Cornell, Detroit, Mid-Hudson Valley, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toledo, Work an Hour||TAMIL NADU|
|25||Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust - Vidya and Child
This project is to support Non Formal School Programme led by Vidya and Child
|Atlanta, Minnesota||UTTAR PRADESH|
The general aim of Jyothi Nilayam is to develop a well-defined area in Mahboobnagar District, Andhra Pradesh.
|Colorado, Indiana, Seattle||ANDHRA PRADESH|
|27||Kalam: Margins Write
Creative literacy program to empower marginalized and underserved young people
|Proposal or no funding info available||WEST BENGAL|
|28||Kalyania - Prayas Centre
This project is to support a prayas center for special education and vocational training
|Athens, Atlanta||WEST BENGAL|
|29||Life Skills Education - Kerala Balavihar
The project aims to involve underprivileged children (both urban & rural) in activities to teach them that they should be looking towards careers to change the world rather than just to take a lowly job to make ends meet.
Establish an alternative school for working children while giving them economic incentives to attend classes. The proposed school will run for 2 to 3 hours in the evenings in a building that is already established.
|31||MS3 - Manaviya Shiksha Sanskar Sansthan
Provide basic education to the children of migrant laborers and establish an institute with 3-yr participatory courses that promotes education with humanistic values.
|Dallas, NYC/NJ, Seattle, Silicon Valley||UTTAR PRADESH|
|32||Neel Bagh Trust - Sumavanam
Sumavanam provides an environment of co-operation, and self and peer supported learning, along with some vocational training for about 30 children from poor villages. These kids show a great desire to attend school, and to study.
|Arizona, Cleveland, Seattle||ANDHRA PRADESH|
|33||Nishtha - Jagaran
This project is to support Jagaran, an effort led by Nishtha to provide access of education to kids at risk from 4 villages in south 24 paraganas, West Bengal
|Atlanta, Birmingham, DC||WEST BENGAL|
|34||Nishtha - Night Shelter
Nishtha is providing alternative education to children of sex workers. The aim of this project is to financially support their infrastructure.
|Atlanta, Work an Hour||WEST BENGAL|
To assist Parijat Academy with their infrastructure and education materials
|36||Prajnalaya-Light in Assam
To help Prajnalaya with their infrastructure and education materials for the children
|Proposal or no funding info available||ASSAM|
|37||Purna Pragna Trust
The Purnapragna Shishu Vihar at Alanahalli in Mysore is better known as Tarakka's school. Tara Gopinath, her sister, Malathi, and a friend pooled in their resources and started a school to cater to the needs of needy children in their neighborhood.
|38||Purna Pragna Trust - Vikasana Rural Centre for Education
Vikasana is a rural centre for education that provides holistic and quality education to children of all ages from landless farmers of the neighbouring villages
|39||Ramakrishna Seva Samithi
Sri Ramakrishna Seva Samithi aims to empower and uplift children of economically disadvantaged section of the society. They provide them with healthy nutritional food in the evening. Periodically, they also provide clothing, note books, and other ed...
|40||Rishi Valley Education Center - RVS Rural Education Project
1.Be a school free of fear, full of color and joy inside, and green and beautiful outside; 2.Have a learning-ladder, made up of small learning steps, that enables self-paced individual learning; 3. Promote cooperative learning through peer support;...
|41||Rural Organization for People's Advancement (ROPA)
ROPA "Rural Organization for Peoples Advancement" was started in 1994 by volunteer effort by concerned denizens of Ranchi (capital of Jharkhand).
Sakshar Project by Vigyan Vijay Foundation for providing basic education and addressing health and hygiene issues among the weaker section
|43||Saurashtra Education Foundation
Initial contact Hitten Zaveri. Zia is following up with Ashwin Shah from NJ. Funds for this was not raised by Asha Yale. It was raised by the SEF members in the US. The project was for educational activities in Saurashtra.
|44||Society for Education and Action
Society of Education and Action (SEA) is an NGO working to improve the quality of life in the fishermen community of villages near Mahabalipuram, TN. Asha Dallas is supporting SEA's motivation centers and teachers' salaries.
|Dallas, Work an Hour||TAMIL NADU|
|45||Society for Educational Exploration - Sita School
Sita school is an alternative school that tries to help each child reach it's potential through holistic, child centric education. The school has an emphasis on learning hands on and in art.
|Bangalore, Silicon Valley||KARNATAKA|
|46||The Learning Tea
The Learning Tea project aims to provide education to children and support orphans (Support-A-Child program) in Darjeeling (presently) and tentatively Assam, Nilgiri areas in future.
|Proposal or no funding info available||WEST BENGAL|
|47||The Satsang Foundation - Satsang Vidyalayas
Project for infrastructure improvements and expansions to conduct higher classes
|Silicon Valley||ANDHRA PRADESH|
Thulir is an experimental primary school that focusses on pupil-friendly joyful learning techniques
|Boston/MIT, Cornell||TAMIL NADU|
The objective of the Timbaktu Collective is to make a lasting improvement in the lives of the people of the area.
|Bangalore, Chicago, London, NYC/NJ, Stanford, Work an Hour||ANDHRA PRADESH|
|50||Totopara - Ranapara Gram Biksha Kendra
Run by Ranapara Gram Biksha Kendra based in Howrah, this project aims to provide education for children living in Totopara, primarily Toto tribe.
|Proposal or no funding info available||WEST BENGAL|
|51||Trinita Society For Social & Health Research - Education Centers
Right Based approach towards child labour in kolkata &Bankura
|Atlanta, UFlorida||WEST BENGAL|
|52||TSUNAMI: Nagapattinam District
Tsunami relief work in Nagapattinam District
|Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Yale||TAMIL NADU|
The objective of the group is to encourage the children in various educational and social activities, to reward the deserving ones, to provide facilities for the betterment of their life pattern, and to guide them to become better citizens.
|NYC/NJ, UFlorida||WEST BENGAL|
A mobile science lab serving approx. 80 villages in the area. Few science teachers travel in a mini-bus to remote rural schools to train the students on science with experiments.
|Austin, CentralNJ, Princeton, Silicon Valley||MAHARASHTRA|
|55||Vidya Vanam - Bhuvana Foundation
This project is to support part of educational costs associated with Vidyavanam school led by Bhuvana Foundation.
|56||Vivekananda Kendra - Rural development programme
Pre-primary school at Chekkarakudi , Thoothukudi District in Tamil Nadu, India
|57||Voice of People
"BODHI VIKAS"- Unfolding one's own potential. (Vocational training for dropout children)
|58||Youth Unity for Voluntary Action (Yuva) - Savar
YUVA is planning to provide educational support for the socially excluded Savar tribal community of Jharkhand. YUVA's interventions will start with children’s education and nutritional support, which will ultimately, by creating awareness and knowled...
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