Hope you are doing well! Thanks for all your wonderful comments on the English Policy Debate speech. I will be sharing all of them with the relevant people, and do more about this issue whenever possible. Your encouragement means a lot to me. Today, however, I am asking you do to something specific. That is, make 3 clicks to actually change lives. Yes, that’s all you have to do. Before I pitch anything to you, even if it is a charity, I do my due diligence that I want to share with you – and you must read it.
So, what’s going on?
ASSET India Foundation (Achieving Sustainable Social Equality through Technology) was started by some people known to me to educate Children of women in prostitution and girls rescued from trafficking for prostitution in major cities in India by providing computer literacy for alternate livelihood and as a means of AIDS prevention so that they can free themselves from being chained to the flesh trade. They place the students in internships/jobs after the training. ASSET India Foundation is taking part in the Chasegiving contest on Facebook. They came to me to ask for my fans support in winning this contest.
Ok, but what is this Chasegiving contest on Facebook?
In the current economy, fundraising for non-profits in the U.S has become very difficult. Hence Chase Giving, a US charity and others have organized contests to engage more young people to participate through social networks such as facebook. There are a number of research studies that have indicated that using social networks directly for fundraising has not been effective. Chase Giving therefore has organized the voting contest. The winner gets the prize sponsored by Chasegiving – it is $25,000 in Phase I, $100,000 in Phase II and $ 1 Million in Phase III. You vote by a 3-click process. You click on the link at the end of this blog, then become a fan of Chasegiving and then click to vote. That’s it.
After I got the above request, I asked ASSET foundation two questions before I asked my fans to support this. These were who benefits from the prize, why should we vote for ASSET over others and what has ASSET done so far. Here are the answers from them, directly pasted below:
Who will benefit from this prize?
The competing non-profits such as ASSET India Foundation will receive funds based on the number of votes. Chase Giving has approved each participating non-profit including ASSET. ASSET is registered with the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S and has official tax exempt status. ASSET raises funds to support its work in India. (Thus the money comes for charity work in India).
Why ASSET over others?
I am assuming that you are asking why ASSET over other charities. When we came back from India with the idea to help children of sex workers and girls rescued from trafficking, we did extensive research on what NGOs were doing in this area. The only skills provided were sewing, vegetable vending, bag making etc- earning Rs.500 per month which not enough to keep the girls out of the flesh trade. That’s why we started ASSET. We not only provide the training but also place the students in jobs. To date we have placed more than 150 students in companies such as FirstSource (BPO), Cafe Coffee Day, Phoenix Software and several smaller companies. In addition I am pestering CEOs about the skills their companies need at the entry level so that I can incorporate them in our training and thereby reduce training costs for the companies. The starting salary is between Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,000 in Chennai and Rs. 4,000 to Rs 6,500 in Mumbai.
ASSET also provides instruction on Health & Hygeine, managing money and brings speakers from the industry to talk about the importance of staying in school and opportunities in the IT field. The very reputable SMILE Foundation based in Delhi manages all the ASSET centers in India. SMILE staff oversee the centers. I transfer the funds to SMILE and they in turn disburse the funds to NGOs running the centers. SMILE provides regular financial statements as well as progress reports. ASSET has no paid staff in the U.S and its and its annual tax filing is public.
Any concrete evidence?
Here is our first batch placement report for our Mumbai center, located in Kamathipura red light district.
Placement Status of 1st Batch:
1. Mrs. Arpita A Salunke – Aditya Birla Minacs
2. Mr. Akshay R Berde – Aditya Birla Minacs
3. Mrs.Suvarna M Pawar – Aditya Birla Minacs
4. Ms. Shraddha M Vyas – Navjeevan Centre
5. Ms. Rekha J Gaikwad – Bombay Teen Challenge
6. Mrs.Vidya H Chandorkar – Bombay Teen Challenge
7. Mr. Shailesh M Gurav – Swimming Teacher at Lower Parel
8. Mr. Suresh Om Prasad – Video Shooting Work
Faculty: Mr. Prakash Moraye, Management & Ms. Laxmi – Computer Instructor at Class
Placement Status: Sr.No. Name Date of joining Company Post Salary
1 Ms. Sneha Gaikwad 7/9/2009 Dreamz Management Tele-calling Operator 4500
2 Ms. Ravina Kachankar 7/9/2009 Dreamz Management Tele-calling Operator 4500
3 Ms. Radhika Shrigadi 7/9/2009 Dreamz Management Tele-calling Operator 4500
4 Ms. Bhavana Rathod 7/9/2009 Dreamz Management Tele-calling Operator 4500 5
Ms. Fehmida Sheikh 7/9/2009 Dreamz Management Tele-calling Operator 4500
6 Ms. Amrapali Katarnaware 14/9/09 West Side Sales 4800 7
Ms. Chanchal Mishra 14/9/09 West Side Sales 4800
8 Ms. Pramila Puralkar 14/9/09 Loot Store Sales 4200
9 Ms. Vijaya Narayan Parab 22/09/09 IP INDIA COMPANY Data entry operator 5000
10 Mr. Uttam Das 21/09/09 Café COFFEE DAY Tr.TM 5000
11 Mr. Sanvidhan Katarnaware 21/09/09 Café COFFEE DAY Tr.TM 5000
12 Mr. Ramdas Ovhal 4/10/2009 Asha Mahila Sanstha Field Worker 6500 Promoted
13 Mrs. Savita Pacharkar 4/10/2009 Asha Mahila Sanstha Field Worker 6500 Promoted
14 Ms. Sangita Kamble 4/10/2009 Asha Mahila Sanstha Field Worker 6500 Promoted
15 Ms. Anita Baban Jadhav 1/11/2009 BPL Mobile Tele-calling Operator 4000
Guys, I think they are doing awesome work and deserve our support. The people listed above will have a new life due to ASSET. You can vote by logging in to Facebook after clicking on the link below and then pass on the link to others. The logging into Facebook and 3-click process is slightly cumbersome, but it takes a minute and you are changing someone’s life forever. No brainer right?
Let’s show them that CB’s fans are amongst the best in the world. I know you are.
The voting deadline is Dec 11, 2009. On ASSET’s behalf, and from my side – a big thanks!