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Asha for Education, Work An Hour

Work-An-Hour, also called 'WAH', is Asha for Education's annual online fundraiser that highlights the issue of illiteracy in India to donors worldwide.

Each year, people from around the world come together in a demonstration of great human spirit to help educate underprivileged children in India. Work An Hour is an online fundraising campaign based on a simple concept:
Donors are requested to symbolically 'work an hour' towards the cause of children's education by donating an hour's worth or more of their salary.

This year, Work an Hour is focused on raising funds for projects in India that focus on the education of differently abled children and the children of migrant workers. We are highlighting 8 projects from all over India, supported by 9 different Asha chapters.

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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 the summer of 1991, a few students including V.J.P.Srivatsavoy, D. Gupta, and S. Pandey got together to think of ways in which they could play a role in the development of India, the country of their origin. These young people shared the belief that education is a critical requisite and an effective catalyst for social and economic change in India. Basic education became the agenda for the action group that emerged from this gathering. The group was named Asha to represent the hope that had brought these individuals together and the hope that they aimed to bring into the lives of children in India. In that summer of 1991, Asha for Education was born at the University of California in Berkeley

Since inception, Asha has partnered with more than 800+ NGOs from across 24 states in India and has disbursed in excess of $36 million. In 2021 alone, Asha has disbursed $3.26 million to over 150 projects and has supported the education of 241,000+ kids in India directly and hundreds of thousands more indirectly ...
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