When you sponsor a child with Ashaa Foundation, you not only help the child in need but also transform the lives of children in the community where the sponsored child lives, by ensuring they get access to quality education, proper nutrition, healthcare and protection. Your sponsorship also helps poor and vulnerable communities to build a more enabling context for their children to be protected and cared for.
Working with grassroots-based organizations, we strive towards making vulnerable communities aware of constitutional values and their rights including the rights of children. Your sponsorship empowers our efforts to save the children in poor communities from crimes like child trafficking, child labour and child marriage. Essentially, you help children become better citizens for a better tomorrow.
The sponsored child keeps you informed about the progress made in their lives and that of the community. To effectively leverage the sponsored child’s efforts as an ambassador of the community in which he or she lives, we link each child to up to three donors.
BUDHIYA DeviAge - 65yrs
JAMUNA DeviAge - 65yrs
Uma DeviAge - 65yrs
KALYANIAge - 80yrs
LAXMI DeviAge - 71yrs
Elderly women who are poor and live alone or with dependent children find them vulnerable, powerless and are neglected by their family or grown up children. Many are too old or physically weak and thus unable to find work.
SavitriDevi chose to leave her plush job to make a difference in her Narayanpurpanchayat in Dumariya block in Bihar. She has worked for her village as a ‘model panchayat’ when it comes to women’s rights and the survival of daughters. Under her guidance, her village won many awards. A member from the Narayanpurpanchayat says “It is we women who understand the basic needs of the village. Savitri adds that Shakti Project from India has empowered adolescent girls and has created leaders out of ordinary girls. She greatly acknowledges the role of leadership training, career counselling and civic awareness programmes.
Community members had next to no reading habit and through community action group meeting conducted by Ashaa Foundation, she was able to emphasis the importance of reading books apart from their textbooks. Savitristates that the game-changer was the setting up of the community library and saw a change in the behaviour of the people.
Sonam is currently a student of class VI at a Mission Education Center in Bihar . His father who used to work as a daily wage earner passed away when Sonam was in the vth standard. Before joining in the Mission Education center he along with his mother had to go through very hard times when his father expired and his mother did not have any money to pay the school fees and he had to drop one year. When identified by a project coordinator of the Mission Education center Sonam is a girl with little hope. Soon after joining the center Sonam began to improve in studies, he works harder and never misses a class. He likes to make new friends and read story books. His mother now works to earn for the family and Sonam hopes that someday he will be successful and work of all those children who have to suffer like he did.
“I can’t forget the smile on her lips and tears on her mother’s eyes when the teachers told her I stood second in the class. I want to come first this year and make her only smile, no tears.”
PoonamMajhi, a 47-year-old, tribal woman from Madanpur village, in Jharkhand, , lives with her husband, and her daughter. Today she works as an animator with Ashaa Foundation at a Livelihood under project Swabhiman, inspiring other women to adopt modern agricultural practices to increase their farm yield and improve their family income. However, situation was not so good always. Earlier, PoonamManjhi, and her husband used to work as an agricultural labour. During our interaction she mentioned, ‘It was difficult to earn enough to have two full meals those days, but I always had this dream of doing something and making a name for myself’. 2021, when Ashaa Foundation came to Madanpur village for project ‘Swabhiman’.
PoonamMajhi’s zeal to achieve something and the grit and determination to work hard for it, made Ashaa team believe in her. She was selected as a women champion from her village, who will be trained by Ashaa Foundation in implementing modern agricultural practices. She became an overnight celebrity in her village, and women from all the neighborhood started asking her advice to do farming.
Children from deprived, dispossessed communities and their development on the front of education, nutrition and access to a protected environment are at the centre of every initiative that Ashaa Foundation India supports. As part of our attempts to improve the overall situation of education in India, we were part of a nation-wide study on the status of Right to Education Act, covering 73 schools. The findings of the study and recommendations were shared with a wider constituency of civil society and government for future course of action. Similar initiatives were also held to address and improve the conditions of street children like Prakash Kumar.
On the ground, our teams monitor schools for proper functioning, ensure enrolment of children in school and facilitate scholarships for higher education to children.
“When I took her to the doctor his scalp looked scary, now he has recovered and is so happy.” When Laxmi and Nandan had Kanchan six months back the condition of their family was bad. Kanchan’s elder sister was down with a bout of viral fever. Being daily wage earners it became very difficult for them to bear so much expenses. Even though she was born in a government hospital, her parents took him back home against the advice of the doctors because her sister also had to be looked after. Soon after the baby’s scalp started to turn red and flakes began to appear on his scalp. Initially the mother did not notice but when the flakes turned heavy she began to go to a local doctor to cure her baby but she could not do much.
After hearing about the Ashaa Medical Worker, Laxmi took her baby to the clinic where he was prescribed medicine. Laxmi began to recover in no time and his parents are overjoyed that he is growing up healthy and happy.
NISHANTAge - 7yrs
VINAY KUMARAge - 4yrs
SHAYANAge - 5yrs
NIKHIL KUMARAge - 6yrs
MOHITAge - 7yrs
MANJU SINGHAge - 5yrs
India has one of the highest infant mortality in the world at 721,000, which is 1975 deaths daily on average. India’s IMR is worse than that of its neighbors, such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka. Even though India performs economically well then in these countries, in 2019, India spent only 1.5% of its GDP on Healthcare. According to UNICEF, 50% of all deaths below five can be prevented by providing skilled health care at birth and quality postnatal care for the mother and baby. Under nutrition is associated with 50% of all under-five deaths. 53% of women in India have anemia. Good governance and adequately trained healthcare staff can together reduce neonatal deaths by an average of 24%.
The numbers are high due to lack of facilities at primary health centers, such as doctors, beds, clean water, bathrooms, and even shortage of transport to urban hospitals where specialized care can be given to the infants. The majority of these deaths (58%) are neonates- newborns younger than 28 days. 60% of primary health centers in India do not have a stabilization unit for newborns, and these centers have a shortage of specialist doctors from 75% to 95%. IMR also gives us information about the urban-rural healthcare divide, while urban India has a score of 23, rural India has a score of 23.