Starting a new Asha for Education Chapter

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Asha for Education. We are always looking to expand our volunteer and chapter footprint as well as the number projects and children we support in India. We are an organization that is entirely run by pro-bono efforts of our volunteers. Asha as such exists solely through its chapters across North America, Europe and India.

Before you think of starting a new chapter please check to see if there is an Asha chapter in and around the city where you are located. A list of Asha chapters is available here .

To start a new chapter we need to have a group of at least 6 dedicated volunteers who can commit to working with the fledgling chapter for at least 2 years. These volunteers are needed to fulfill various chapter officer responsibilities (Chapter Coordinator, Treasurer, Projects Coordinator, Webmaster etc.). Please keep in mind that starting a new chapter usually involves doing more volunteer recruitment, awareness and fundraising drives than an already stable chapter, since the local demographic may not be fully aware of Asha and its work. This requires the volunteer team at the new chapter to put in high energy levels into the chapter on a consistent basis.

Apart from the chapter’s local work, all Asha chapters are also required to meet certain responsibilities and standards to be considered an active chapter. This is needed to be in compliance with the laws of the land as well as to ensure smooth democratic operation of Asha as an organization.

To help meet the new chapters obligations as well as to bring them up to speed with the Asha’s way of working, the new chapter will initially be designated as a satellite chapter. This means that the chapter will work under the guidance and mentorship of another full-fledged chapter.

In the initial days, the mentor chapter will guide the satellite chapter on matters relating to Project proposal vetting, treasury related work, website and PR policies. This will enable the satellite chapter to work on organizing fund raising and awareness drives. Using these funds, the satellite chapter can fund projects that are being executed by NGOs in India. After a period of 6 months, the satellite chapter could be instated as a full-fledged chapter if found to have reached stability in its functioning.

If you have questions on starting a new Asha chapter (Independent or Satellite), please contact the Asha Secretary team for more information.

Asha for Education reserves the right to accept or reject any request for starting new chapters. The process of starting a new chapter entails a 4 to 6 months step by step procedure of inducting the group into the Asha family.

All chapters associated with Asha for Education are established by prior consent from the Asha Secretary Team. Asha does not recognize and is not responsible for the actions of any group functioning under the name “Asha for Education” without prior consent from the Asha Secretary Team.

Asha for Education is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit with 66 chapters around the world whose mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Click here for more details about us.
We work with over 300 projects spread across the length and breadth of India. The projects deal with educational issues from pre-primary schooling to professional education in locations from urban slums to isolated rural areas. Click here to learn more.
You can help us in our mission in a variety of ways. You can join a local chapter, get involved with projects in India at an intimate level with the Asha Stars program, help us with our fundraising efforts, visit a project in India, intern with us or our project partners or Donate! Click here to learn more.

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