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ABOUT ASHA

Here at Association for social and human awareness, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.

SITUATION IN JHARKHAND

Jharkhand, being one the richest states, in terms of its mineral ores and natural resources, has the potential to sustain all of its population along with support to other states. But it is the most unfortunate that people of Jharkhand are still suffering socially, economically, technologically and politically, moreover to this, Jharkhand is also suffering from continuous downfall of its rich forest and along with ecological imbalance. Rural Jharkhand has been facing lots more than this because in most of the rural areas the development is far-far away from them. One of the basic and preliminary necessities of development initiatives has not been accessible by them that are use of energy especially renewable and safe energy. Also, Inaccessibility of livelihood opportunities, health services, educational initiatives, infrastructure developments and other development initiatives at the door step, are forcing them to be migrated or to be worst getting trafficked. Those who do not dare to migrate, jumbles in the superstitions and making their life no less than hell.

Witchcraft, domestic violence, unemployment, exploitation, trafficking, child Labour, sexual abuse, illiteracy are some non-ending problems in Jharkhand. To overrule the darkness prevailing in the lives of people of Jharkhand, ASHA started its intervention of socio-economic and environmental development approach in Jharkhand.

JOURNEY

The journey started by working with the women rights and child rights. The journey to fight against trafficking and unsafe migration started in the year 2000 with the girls and women. Thereafter in 2011, ASHA started working with the issues of the children whose rights and childhood were affected due to unsafe and seasonal migration. For this ASHA setup a hostel for the children of the seasonal migrant workers in Naya Bhusur and Dumra village of Ranchi and Saraikela district respectively.ASHA believes in addressing all the social issues through intensive awareness, activism and protection of rights of women, child and vulnerable communities.


ASHA’s target group has largely been the women and children and especially those hailing from tribal communities. The major issues of intervention are: preventing witch-hunting, human trafficking, promoting education, building awareness, empowering women, improving women’s and girl’s health and ensuring action for safe migration, convergence with different developmental programs, collaboration with local self-governance and capacity building of the communities.

VISION

"To create a society where marginalized, especially women & children, could achieve equality Socially, Economically, Educationally, Politically, Legally & Technologically.​"

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MISSION
  • Empowering society and it’s components through ensuring quality education at each level.

  • Economic empowerment of women through livelihood activities.

  • Development of opportunities for women to lead their life with dignity and respect.

  • Capacitating women and other vulnerable groups of our society to lead their world.

  • Training to women and other vulnerable groups vocationally to make them self-sustenance.

  • Development of innovative approaches through focused research.

  • Formation of a healthy society through strengthening health status and services at each possible level.

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Ajay Kumar Jaiswal

Founder of ASHA - A graduate in Arts and Law from Ranchi University. Ajay has an exciting and varied background with 25 years of experience as a social worker.

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Punam Toppo

Punam is the Chairperson (President) of the ASHA Foundation and she has been guiding ASHA for Women Empowerment, Child & Women Rights and Advocacy & Liasoning.   She holds a BA with 18 years of experience.

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Shubha Philomina Tirkey

Shubha is the Treasurer of the Foundation and she has been guiding ASHA for Women Empowerment, Child & Women Rights and Youth Mobilization.  She holds a BA with 10 years of experience.

GEOGRAPHY

To bring a speck of hope in the lives of the people of inner core of our society, ASHA managed to concentrate its initiatives to district with high figure of development as well as districts which are still suffering for any speck of development.


Districts like Ranchi, Lohardaga, Gumla, Khunti, West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum, Bokaro and Saraikela-Kharsawa of the state, Jharkhand are taken as priority in the list of ASHA. Apart from these four districts, ASHA takes up assignments for all over state, currently working statewide for awareness generation on women exploitation issues.

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