Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. I have been associated with the Atlanta chapter since 2017. In Asha I have found a wonderful community and a family, both in Atlanta and beyond, especially in Nishtha, which is a project I am a steward for and have visited multiple times. Nishtha, headed by Mina Das and energized by several hundred student volunteers, works in Baruipur, West Bengal, India, for female empowerment and have had a powerful impact over the last 40 years in reducing child marriage, trafficking, and in ensuring financial independence of women.

This is an article written by Mina Das on the Contributions of The Women Groups of West Bengal, India for Solving Rural Water Challenges.

Link to the page on the Journal of Gender and Water

Here are some snippets of my continuing association with this wonderful group.

Site visit reports (Nishtha):

  1. 2021 Virtual visit
  2. 2019 visits
  3. 2018 visit

With friends from Asha Atlanta:




Mathematics graduate student at Georgia Tech