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Aasha Foundation

Aasha Foundation 

Mumbai, India


The Aasha Foundation provide provides deep enrichment support for formerly destitute, neglected and abandoned girls in India who live in a permanent shelter home residence in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Our comprehensive social, health, recreational and educational programs are designed to help girls and young women pursue productive, independent lives in their futures. Our programs focus on exposure and integration, and on ensuring that girls from complicated backgrounds can enjoy the same kinds of experiences as their middle-class and upper-middle-class peers. We find this helps to reduce their own internal perceptions of their potential as well as external perceptions. Our students are confident well adjusted young women who speak English, have excellent computer skills and enjoy a range of extracurricular activities. Our first two students are now working full-time and living independently, while 7 others are attending degree universities setting the standard for the girls who will follow them. They are well-integrated students on track to achieve the futures of their dreams.


Interns should have completed at least 1 year of university and have a passion for working with children or young women. Prior experience working with children or young women is helpful, i.e., either as a sports coach, tutor, mentor, Big Brother / Big Sister, camp counselor.


The Aasha Foundation works to understand the students’ main areas of interest and expertise and tries to identify ways to ways to bridge the students’ interests with the organization’s needs. The Aasha Foundation generally has opportunities for interns to work across 3 main areas:

  1. Health care program management. This can include managing routine care (for example yearly dental appointments), designing and implementing a new system for records management, or finding ways to improve overall health care.
  2. Tutoring
  3. Enrichment Programs. This can include developing and delivering enrichment activities, like women’s empowerment, presentation skills, team building, arts & crafts, music, world culture, etc. — all dependent on the volunteer’s expertise and interest. Interns are able to develop their own materials and curriculum and lead engaging after-school activities.


Drishtee is able to offer a stipend of Rs. 5000 to help offset the cost of living in Noida.


Send Resume/CV and Cover Letter to Karen Doff, Skype interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants.


Tags: Education, Community Development

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