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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 50 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 $32 million. In 2014 alone, Asha has disbursed $2.85 million and has supported the education of 250,000+ kids in India directly and many hundreds of thousands more indirectly.


Asha Cornell’s Story

Asha Cornell, founded in 1994 is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to better the state of basic education for underprivileged children in India.

Asha Cornell works with partner organizations located all across the Indian subcontinent. Over the past 21 years, our funds have gone to community interventions from Hyderabad to Mumbai to Kolkata to villages of all sizes in between. We also fund various types of projects, from supplementary education programs to schools for children with special needs to programs that aim to better the better the state of education for girls in India. Most projects receive at least $1000 annually from our chapter. This amount is often crucial for small organizations struggling to survive.

Over the last 21 years, we have organized various fundraising events in Ithaca to financially assist our project partners in India. These have ranged from small bake sales to large dinners and concerts. We have also raised awareness about Asha for Education at annual Diwali and Holi shows at Cornell University and through South Asian movie screenings. In addition, we have invite speakers to discuss issues related to children, education and poverty. Our volunteers have also been active in the local community by participating in outreach events in and around the greater Ithaca region.