ASSET India Foundations partner in Hyderabad is Prajwala, founded by Dr. Sunitha Krishnan. She has rescued more than 5,000 girls from sex trafficking. Her talk (link below) is touching and inspiring.
Also, Mary Ellen Pitruszynski, Executive Director of Sooch Foundation, one of ASSET's major donors visited the ASSET center in Mumbai. Below is her note.
************************************From: Mary Ellen Pietruszynski <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: November 26, 2010 6:33:49 PM PSTTo: Ray Umashankar <email@example.com>Subject: Visit to ASSET in Dharavi
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are doing well. I have copied you on several emails I have sent tonight as a follow up to my trip to India and specifically in Mumbai. We had a wonderful visit and as you can see from the tone of my correspondence we were very impressed with the quality of work being done by both SMILE and Prayog (not to mention Innovaid, as well). Particularly, though I am continually impressed with your ability to seek out organizations in India who collaborate with you to deliver a high quality service to the people who need it. I want you to know that Jasdeep and I were both so impressed with the project in Dharavi and ultimately with your ability to get that work done from your remote location in the US. I will be reporting this to our board and although they will have many questions I hope that we will be able to continue to support ASSET and particularly the work we witnessed in Mumbai.
In addition, I would like to ask if you may be able to consult with our friends at The Miracle Foundation. I know you have met Caroline Boudreaux, their founder. The COO, Elizabeth Davis is continually more involved in the workings on the ground in India. As you know this can be complicated. I know Elizabeth could benefit from conversations with you regarding your experience, successes and issues you have had to deal with in the process of growing ASSET. Please let me know if it would be okay for me to put Elizabeth in contact with you. And please let me thank you for the great work you are doing, Ray. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to witness it!
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