Jan 16, 2020

Partnering with A.R.Rahman Foundation

With Oscar winner Dr.A.R.Rahman
With Oscar winner Dr.A.R.Rahman

In a series of meetings with Khatija Rahman, Executive Director of the A.R.Rahman Foundation, arrangements are being made to have their Sunshine Orchestra perform at the Child Friendly Villages. Sunshine Orchestra’s members are all marginalized children from the slums of Chennai.

Child Friendly Villages are run by Bachpan Bhachao Andolan, started by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. In these villages, children are protected from traffickers and are taught life skills in addition to normal schooling. There are more than 200 such villages in operation. With the introduction of Sunshine Orchestra performances, vocal and instrumental music will be introduce to the children.

Oct 4, 2019

Keeping children of former sex workers in school

In rural India, it is estimated that nearly 40% of girls drop out of school due to lack of availability of sanitary pads. Girls use dirty rags, newspaper and other material, get sick and miss school for a week once a month. This causes them to fall behind and school teachers and officials are not helpful in remedying the problem.

Once the girls drop out of school, they become primary targets and easy prey for sex traffickers who are eager to entice them with job offers in big cities and subsequently sell them to brothels.

In the northern part of the state of Karnataka, there is a community of more than 3,500 former sex workers who have rebuit their lives starting income generating businesses. In order to help their daughters and grand daughters stay in School, ASSET India Foundation has approached Saral Designs in Mumbai to supply a Sanitary pad making machine. Community members will be trained in the operation of the machine and pads will be distributed door to door.

Saral Designs was founded by Suhani Mohan, a female engineer who quit a high paying investment banking job to help you g women women deal with menstrual hygiene.

Here are two links to Saral Designs:



Jun 26, 2019

PRATHAM USA honors ASSET India With award

PRATHAm USA presented award to ASSET India Foundat
PRATHAm USA presented award to ASSET India Foundat

On April 27; 2019 Pratham USA, Phoenix chapter recognized ASSET India’s efforts to educate marginalized children in India with an award at their annual fundraising gala.

Pratham is the largest educational charity in India providing educational opportunities to more than 8 Million underprivileged children. On the previous evening, Ray Umashankar, Executive Director of ASSET India made a presentation to Pratham board members and invited guests.

ASSET India partner Prajwala operates a printing press emplying girls rescued from sex trafficking. At the beginning of eaxh school year ASSET India purchases notebooks and other materials for school children from poor communities thus helping both sex trafficking survivors and poor children.

Rachna  friend and supporter of ASSET India organized a fundraising event in Miami, Florida on May 31, 2019 and raised $3,000.

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