Work an Hour


Asha for Education is in the midst of its annual “Work an Hour” campaign. Seems like they are well short of their goal at the moment. Having worked in an NGO in India whose focus was also education for underprivileged children, I have a soft spot for this cause and thought I’d try and help out their campaign with a post.

What is work an hour?

Each year volunteers from around the world come together in a show of great human spirit, to help educate underprivileged children in India. Work An Hour, or WAH, as it is popularly known, is a simple concept. We ask you to symbolically contribute one hour of your time towards the cause of children’s education by donating an hour’s worth of your salary or more. The event symbolically begins on July 4, the American Independence Day, reaches an apex on August 15, the Indian Independence Day, and finally culminates on September 5, which is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India.

How much should I donate?

You can donate any amount. We encourage you to donate an hour’s worth or more of your salary.

Where does the money go?

100% of all funds collected through Work an Hour go directly towards the selected projects. Keeping with Asha’s long-standing policy, Asha volunteers bear all administrative expenses.

If donating money isn’t your thing then consider volunteering your time for Asha or another similar organization. You can volunteer both here in the States and obviously in India. It is better than living in your parent’s basement while you figure out what you want to do with your life :)

The objectives of this group are:

-To provide education to underprivileged children in India.
-To encourage the formation of various local groups across the world to reach out to larger sections of the population.
-To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.
-To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.
-To provide opportunities to individuals living outside India who wish to participate in Asha activities in India.
-To address, whenever possible, other issues affecting human life such as health care, environment, socio-economic aspects and women’s issues.

4 thoughts on “Work an Hour

  1. it’s a great organziation to support…

    I used to be naive and think so as well. What the fresh-off-the-boat-desperate-to-find-significant-other idealists in the US campus don’t realize is the fact that ASHA dollars directly fund non-social purposes.

    Be it funding Naxals who bomb civil structures on regular basis and kill cops or sponsoring Sandeep Pandey’s “peace trips” to Pakistan where $5000 was shown as expense against taxi ride from Delhi to Wagah border which as the most you can spend 2000 RUPEES.

    The local ASHA chapters are quick to point out that they are apolitical blah blah, but ultimately money is NOT well spent and is used for useless purposes. Other than acting as dating service for homesick desi grad students ASHA serves no other purpose and it is time to stop patronizing them.

  2. I don’t know where you get your information from but ASHA is a left leaning organization, whose main objectives seems to support Communist and Naxalities in India.

    Read more about ASHA and its co-conspirators such AID here

    this quote somes up the ASHA:

    “Sandeep Pandey’s ASHA is US based and collects US $ for his boondongles in Pakistan but still claims that “USA is the biggest evil power on earth”" Not so non-politcal afterall.

  3. Communist blah blah blah

    We’ve already had these discussions to death on previous posts. Go check them out for the debate. I had to close all of them as well.

    As for me, I’d give my money to Asha.