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July 2010

Ashraya Initiative for Childen

This is not about food but about a good cause which needs support. Please do what you can to help.

The Ashraya Initiative for Children (AIC). AIC is a 5 year old, completely secular non-profit organization that works in Pune with street children, orphans, denotified tribes and slum communities in the areas of health, education, microfinance, community development and advocacy. More information about what they do can be found at their website -

  AIC is in the running for $250,000 through the Summer 2010 edition of the Chase Community Giving contest via Facebook. They have currently  dropped to #19 from an alltime high of #12 in the list of more than 500,000 organizations (!), and are trying to secure more votes to move up to be within the top 5. Only American organizations are eligible to compete, so there are very few other organizations that work in India participating in the contest (AIC is the only organization working in India that has placed in the top 40).
  They are about as grassroots as they come - run exclusively by unpaid Directors and 100% of their funding comes from donations.
  Voting is completely free and takes only a minute (literally!). Please help them stay in the top 200, and maybe even work oheir way up to the top 5 by spreading the word! It will make a huge difference in the lives of the children and families that they work with in Pune.

AIC on Chase Community Giving: or

Ashraya Initiative for Children (AIC)

Other relevant links:
Official AIC video - slightly dated (2006)
2007 CBC documentary on AIC - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
YouTube - Videos from this email