Asha-Seattle is a chapter of Asha for Education, a non-profit voluntary organization dedicated to socio-economic change in India mainly using the medium of education. Our goal is to also address whenever possible other development and human issues such as women's issues, health-care and related issues. Asha was started in 1991 in Berkeley. The Seattle chapter was formed in December 1994 by a diverse group of students and professionals from the Seattle area (for a first-hand recollection, please go here). Asha is a secular organization welcoming volunteers irrespective of religion, race, gender or caste. We have no religious or political affiliation. The aim of the group is to mobilize the local population to collectively support and provide assistance in different forms to groups working at the grass roots in India. Our volunteer meetings are open to anyone interested in social and developmental issues.
Our emphasis is on the following:
- Form close partnerships with groups in India. We attempt to maintain regular contact and visit the groups we work with to form a stable long term relationship.
- To maximize effectiveness of our efforts we seek to support groups in rural and economically poor areas.
- Provide assistance in different ways such as financial, material and technological support to the groups in India.
- We strive to learn about and disseminate information on different social issues faced by the affected people in India.
- We organize talks by different grass roots activists in India in the Seattle area.