Children
 India
Project #1564

Provide computers for high-risk children in India

by ASSET India Foundation
Vetted

ASSET India Foundation's project has been selected as the top project by Swedish Telecomm giant Ericsson who will be promoting it as part of their Technology for Good giving campaign! Only six were chosen out of 1340 projects from 100 countries. Ericsson will be showcasing this page http://www.facebook.com/l/7008b;www.globalgiving.org/technology-for-good/ at a technology conference at the end of March and will be giving out GlobalGIving gift certificates to conference participants to support these projects ASSET India provides hope and successfully eliminates poverty though education and job placement to girls rescued from trafficking and children of sex workers in India. Girls who have completed the ASSET training now work in banks, insurance and software companies. More and more corporations world-wide are letting fans on Face Book decide who should get their donations, your support on Face Book is very important. By having thousands of fans, ASSET will be in a position to compete for the $ 1million dollars prize in 2011 and help more than 5,000 + victims of trafficking. Simple steps for your family and friends to "Join" ASSET on Face Book: After logging into face book, they can open on one of the two links below and "Join" to become ASSET fans: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=ts&gid=357122095006 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=188234189796&ref=ts FAMILY and FRIENDS DON"T HAVE TO DONATE MONEY Thank you Ray Umashankar ASSET India Foundation rayu42@gmail.comject:

ASSET India Foundation has made the top 100 among hundreds of thousands of charities and is now competing for the top prize of $ 1 Million. The contest is organized by J.P Morgan/Chase Giving and people around the globe can vote for ASSET India Foundation only on Facebook.

We won Round I and and received $25,000. Round II of the voting contest starts at:

Midnight (EST) Friday, January 15th

and ends at:

Midnight (EST) on Friday, January 22nd.

ASSET will get the prize of $ 1 million by receiving the highest number of votes on Facebook with your help.

In this contest we are only seeking votes and not donations.

We have identified more than 5,000 girls who are children of sex workers and or rescued from trafficking (many of whom are HIV positive) and only 300 of them are presently able to participate in the ASSET program due to limitation of space and resources.

With the $ 1 million Prize, ASSET will expand its program to serve all the 5,000 + girls and set up centers in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. We are working closely with the Clinton Foundation.

Documentary film producer Pat Loewi produced this video of students at the ASSET center Delhi. You can use this for the campaign to get votes in the facebook competition

Here is the link::

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCw_KvOpBiM

The voting link is: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/717045

Our target is 100,000 votes and you can help us reach the goal. I am writing to request you to share the contest information and the voting link with all your global contacts, friends and family and urge them to vote now.

Thanks so much for your help

Ray Umashankar 2008 Purpose Prize Winner Executive Director ASSET India Foundation www.assetindiafoundation.org 520-869-2004 (cell)

rayu42@gmail.com

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Greetings! Chetan Bhagat is the author of three blockbuster novels, all of which have remained bestsellers since their release and have inspired major Bollywood films. The New York Times called Chetan the ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history.’ Seen more as a youth icon than just an author, this IIT D/ IIMA graduate is making India read like never before. Chetan supports ASSET and has voted for it in the JP Morgan/Chase Giving contest. Below is his blog titled "3 clicks to change lives" asking all his fans to vote for ASSET India Foundation.

http://www.chetanbhagat.com/blog/general/3-clicks-to-change-lives The direct voting link on facebook is: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/717045

The voting deadline is Dec 11, 2009. Our target is 5,000 votes.. The prizes are: Phase I..... $25,000 Phase II.....$100,000 Phase III....$ 1 Million I need your help. Please forward the following to everyone on your e-mail address book and you will be making a big difference in the lives deserving children.

Dear Ray, Vinita, Kiran, and Shayaan, What a pleasure it was to visit your compelling ASSET Program. I so enjoyed interviewing the students, parents, teachers and administrative staff. This program, housed in two small rooms in a low-income neighborhood of Dehli is focused on computer education, English language and Life Skills. The students and parents all felt that their self-confidence has soared since being part of the program. The current job placement rate is 65% but the goal is 90% in the next three years. The students were well-spoken, totally engaged in their learning and this is one of those outstanding programs where everyone seems to be on the same page. Vinita, Kiran, and Shayaan, I was impressed with your understanding of these youth and their many challenges. You truly seems to be changing lives at the ASSET center and, hopefully, my Podcast will be distributed far and wide and help support the continuation of this vitally important program. Thanks for the beautiful flowers and your gracious hospitality. Warmly, Pat Loewi

When asked what he would tell his friends about this project, Pat said: "Incredible: You need to see this!"

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Greetings!

The ASSET center in Mumbai was opened earlier this year. The center is located in a dilapidated government school building- in the heart of Kamathipura- Mumbai's red light district! Businesses all around the school including stalls selling everything from cigarettes, vegetables, magazines to phone shops with copiers are controlled by the same people that control the sex trade.

For some unknown reason, the ASSET center and the students that come for the training are left alone.

The results from this center are most gratifying. Students have been placed in jobs that pay well enough to keep the students to stay out of the sex trade. Photos of the students and placement data are in the attachment.

We are in negotiations with three companies that have Rural BPOs in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Our aim is to include the skill requirements of these companies in training so that placement after completion of the training will be easy.

Pat Loewi, an ASSET supporter was in Delhi recently and she has created a documentary which contains interviews with students and parents at the ASSET center in Delhi. The link will be posted here as well as the ASSET India Foundation website shortly.

I highly recommend the book "Half the Sky" by NY Times reporters Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn. One of the issues the authors describe is the terrible plight of girls sold into prostitution in India.

Note from Sheryl Wudunn:

From: Sheryl WuDunn Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM <rayu42@gmail.com>

Ray:

Keep up the great work. ASSET is working in an area that needs so much help, so I"m very gratified to hear about what you do. Your daughter must be a remarkable woman. My hearty congratulations to you and to her for all the work that ASSET does. best, Sheryl ********************** Challenges we are addressing:

1. Partner organizations do not address hardware problems in a timely fashion.

2. Every time a PC breaks down, a new replacement PC is expected.

3. Since ASSET requires that each batch consist of 20 students, slum children that don not meet ASSET guidelines are recruited.

4. In order to financially sustain the ASSET project over the long run, I would like to have the students take out microfinance loans to pay their tuition of Rs. 2,500 ( < $60). The plan is to have them repay the loan within 6 months of getting employment. All the students we have placed in jobs so far earn between Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 4,000. In India when something is given for free, people doubt its value. Since this is a non-traditional Microfinance application, I have not been successful so far in a tie-up with a microfinance lender.

Ray Umashankar


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ASSET India Foundation

Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.assetindiafoundation.org/​
Project Leader:
Ray Umashankar
Director
Tucson, AZ United States
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