“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

Victor Hugo

AASHA - Aao Ab Seekhna Hoga Aasaan

AASHA Infinite Foundation is built on the twin principles of community enrichment and volunteerism

At AASHA Infinite Foundation we work with schools, organizations as well as individuals, devoting our efforts to strengthen English and Kannada language skills. Our focus is on getting children reading through one-on-one phone based programs and school-based programs. Students enroll in our free or paid programs, depending on their economic status.

Our belief in community engagement and enrichment has built our family of volunteers, interns, partners, and donors. They contribute their time, skills, effort, resources and make it possible to realize our mission.

The AASHA Story

Heart, Sweat and a Vision

AASHA’s humble beginning was at a local park in Mumbai, teaching slum children with a handful of volunteers. During this period we acquired direct experience of the challenging learning environment and the problems faced by our target student group. A desire to do more pushed us to formalize what we were doing and partner with schools for teacher training and student enrichment programs. Learnings from these activities and further research enabled us to develop a simple system of lesson plans and assessments for teaching English to children from ages 8 to 15.

We started a Mobile Mentor program early on, although classroom programs and teacher training were our primary focus. Our experience in creating and curating content as well as conducting our various programs gave us the capability to quickly shift our teaching online during the pandemic. Our Distance Reading Program was born. DRP, is a phone-based English reading program for children that is delivered remotely. The demands of the program on both the student and teacher are minimal and that encouraged many students and volunteers to sign up for the program. Both our volunteer and student bases grew in numbers as well as geographic footprint.

Language is the key to opening the doors to many opportunities. At AASHA, we want to see equal opportunities available to every child and adult in India. We dream of enabling every child to acquire the transferable skills needed to become global citizens.

Organisational milestones

  • 2013

    AASHA was born in a Mumbai park with 2 volunteers and 3 students from a nearby slum.

  • 2014

    AASHA grew to 50 students and 16 volunteers teaching English in the park using innovative, experimental methods.

  • 2015

    AASHA started the Mobile Mentor program reaching students in different parts of the country by phone.

  • 2016

    AASHA was registered as a Public Charitable Trust. AASHA adopted a government school each in Mumbai and Bangalore.

  • 2017

    AASHA incorporated early learning pedagogy and phonics methodologies into its programs.

  • 2018

    AASHA set up a Mysore center and grew to 220 students, 58 volunteers. Started working on 3 year Foundational English program curriculum

  • 2019

    AASHA established the Kannada Department and introduced Kannada programs

  • 2020

    AASHA launched the “Distance Reading Program” a phone based Foundational English program In response to the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

  • 2021

    AASHA volunteer base grew to 850+ volunteers and 1000+ students from across India who continue to teach and learn on our “DRP” platform