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Attendees:

Anuradha Bulusu

Anusha Harish

Anish Mukherjee

Shruti Lall

Shashidhar Ravishankar

Arkadeep Kumar (Call in)

Banishika Dutta (Call in)

Abhyuday Mandal (Call in)

Minutes:

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1.Asha Darshan Trust Assam pilot project  

The budget link - https://ashadocserver.s3.amazonaws.com/284_AssamSASprojectdetailsJul18.pdf

Total - INR 1,76,680

Padmanava's email:

Dear Friends at Asha Atlanta, 

Some of you know me, some of you do not. 

Let me start with my introduction. I did my PhD at Georgia Tech (2007 grad) and on a life changing day of 2006, I saw a flyer on notice board for Asha meeting. I attended that and since then I am with Asha for Education with 50+ site visits and 12+ yr association. I was chapter coordinator for 2-3 years as well. I am part of Asha central project teams too. 

Now coming to the point, Asha has a decent portfolio of projects directly run by Asha India members. Asha Assam is one such project where schools are directly run among tribal communities. The children have a troubled past , a past haunted by guns and violence. Those days are gone but challenges remain due to lack of opportunity, Govt apathy, remoteness of North East and financial issues (including but not limited to regular attacks of Elephants to destroy crops).

I spent a good 10 days there in 2016 

Captured in this blog 

https://padmanavasen.blogspot.com/2016/12/asha-diary-1-asha-darshan-schools.html

and this report here

https://ashadocserver.s3.amazonaws.com/284_Site_Visit_Nov_2016.pdf

Their main project is supported by Asha SV. More details 

http://ashanet.org/project/?pid=284

However, there is a need for supporting students after they go out of the Asha schools and I am sending this email regarding a pilot project I plan to start there with 4 students from Asha schools. If it becomes successful, may be SV or other chapters can scale it.

What I am requesting you

a) If you can discuss and let me know if this is something Asha Atlanta is willing to support. I will act as steward and my visit is valid till Nov 2018 for treasury requirements. 

It is 3 hr form Guwahati if anyone wants to check it out. 

b) If Atlanta can not directly support with chapter funds, I have to find donors for these 4 students. I initially thought about chapter funds since the requirement is less (around 2600 $ yearly) and it is difficult find donors giving $650 annually.

    

Anu : Asha Darshan Trust is a well known project. Many of the schools are in remote places in assam, now many of their schools have been taken up by the government. Biju Barwa is the person who started the trust. Padmanava outlined the project in email shown above. Abhuyday said that Athens can also support it. But they can only decide only in September. But it should be fine, as long as the amount doesn't scale too much. The idea now is to see if Atlanta can approve the funds and then Athens will pitch in September.

  1. Atlanta supports the whole project

2. Athens and atlanta split the funds

 3. Athens takes over the whole project from September

    

Anusha : What is the total budget that Atlanta can support?

    Anu: Our budget is about 100k and we are good till next year
    Abhyuday: The project is currently supported by SV and if this pilot works, SV will take over the project too
    Anu: SV supports the schools, but Atlanta/Athens will carry forward the SAC part of the projects
    Arka: It boils down to whether or not we have the funds
    Anu: We do get some donors who might be interested.
    Anish: How does Athens and Atlanta compare in terms of the budget surplus
    Abhyuday: Not really, Athens doesn't have a problem with the $2500, but Athens doesn't have much fundraising capacity, so Atlanta could be there as a back up.
    Anu: There are some projects at Atlanta which we may re consider, so in that case do we take on something new.
    Abhyuday: Athens doesn't have that freedom right to re-consider existing projects. But still this is a good project to support.
    Anu: Maybe we can go ahead approve a 50/50 split with Athens
    Abhyuday: Agreed
    Shashi: Maybe we can have a couple of runners to support this projects
    Shruti: How many years would the split be for?
    Anu: Right now we will approve the 50/50 split and then discuss with Padamanava about the urgency
    Anusha: Do we have any SAC donors right now
    Anu: Yes, one donor for the Nishtha night shelter and Jagaran projects
    Arka: Following up on Shashi's point, It will be easier for the runners to raise funds if they are working towards a particular cause
    Bani: I can do site visits for this project
    Arka: Since this is titled as a pilot, what's the long term goal?
    Anu: Right now we will expect a commitment from the donors for 3-4 years, so it will continue on like that
2.Spastic Society of Karnataka  Anu: Should we close the project due to funding crunch
    Anish: What is the percentage of their total budget that we fund
    Anusha: We are not aware of it, but we send them about $5000. But they have numerous other donors.
     

 

Action Items:

Vote for Asha Darshan Trust

Vote for closing SSK for the furture

Vote:

  1. Vote for Asha Darshan Trust project

    Vote to approve 50% of requested budget i.e. INR 88000 towards supporting further education of 4 children from Asha Darshan Trust for 2018-19

    Choices Your Vote Current Result: (9 Total Votes)
    Yes Vote to approve 50% of requested budget i.e. INR 88000 towards supporting further education of 4 children from Asha Darshan Trust  for 2018-19
    9 Votes , 100%
    No Vote to approve 50% of requested budget i.e. INR 88000 towards supporting further education of 4 children from Asha Darshan Trust  for 2018-19
    0 Votes , 0%
    Abstain Vote to approve 50% of requested budget i.e. INR 88000 towards supporting further education of 4 children from Asha Darshan Trust  for 2018-19
    0 Votes , 0%
  2. Vote to start process of closing funding for SSK from 2019

    This vote was called for the following reasons:

    1. Considering GF split from the next year and the fundraising capacity at Atlanta we have reconsider some of the projects we support

    2. Asha Atlanta funds a small percentage of the SSK budget

    3. Considering their location in Bangalore, they have other CSR funding opportunities

    4. There is a lack of responsiveness from the project partner

      Vote to start project closure processes for Spastic Society of Karnataka from next fiscal year (FY 2019-20)

      Choices Your Vote Current Result: (10 Total Votes)
      Yes Vote to start project closure processes for Spastic Society of Karnataka from next fiscal year (FY 2019-20)
      10 Votes , 100%
      No Vote to start project closure processes for Spastic Society of Karnataka from next fiscal year (FY 2019-20)
      0 Votes , 0%
      Abstain Vote to start project closure processes for Spastic Society of Karnataka from next fiscal year (FY 2019-20)
      0 Votes , 0%
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