As we introduced you to our campaign last week, we also gave a good start to our donations in the first week. Our campaign this year supports projects on rural education, needs of children with disabilities, and children from urban slums.
In addition to living in poverty, children born with physical disabilities or those who are mentally impaired face an additional layer of challenge in their lives.
Efforts from Indian Association for Special Education and Rehabilitation (IASER) ensure that blind readers can access content in digitized format. The books are also distributed nationally through the organizations like National Association for the Blind (NAB)
Ashok, age 16 from Pneuma Trust, once exemplified the life of a child born to poor and HIV-infected parents. His parents passed away when he was 9 years old. Diffident and timid as a child, Ashok has to his credit a performance in a play at the National School of Drama, New Delhi and received recognition for his talent, thanks to efforts from Pneuma Trust.
Meenakshi from Militha (a Timbaktu Collective project) was polio-stricken at the age of 8 years. She was first refused admission into the school due to her disability, but was later enrolled when Militha took the initiative and made her family and school aware of her right to education.
Please give these children and our projects 10 minutes of your time by reading about them here: www.ashanet.org/workanhour. Our efforts at Asha for Education and one hour of your salary will be their hope in 2012.