What we do
Asha Kiran's goal is to provide children from poor or deprived families the financial aid and moral support required to
obtain their basic right to education. We firmly believe that the path to
economic independence is through education, and further, that there are many
around us who would willingly help. We aim to select suitable projects in
India that will help reach our objectives. In turn, we will provide
regular and detailed feedback to our sponsors about the effects of their
sponsorship. This can include detailed profiles of the specific children,
yearly report cards and updates about their progress and so on.
Who we are
Asha Kiran is an organization consisting purely of volunteer members who have come
together to help raise awareness of the plight of the poor in India. None of the volunteers or members are paid for their work. They have been part of the
organization as they share our guiding principle and obtain a sense of satisfaction from their work.
Our name, which means "A Ray of Hope" and is shared by our first supported
project in India, was chosen to convey the importance of an education for every
Zero administrative costs
As we have no salaried employees any minimal administrative costs are borne by members or volunteers themselves. All donations
made by sponsors go directly to deserving projects.
Founding of Asha Kiran
In 2006, Prithvi Shetty, herself a sponsor of charities in
India, discussed setting up a charitable organization that would work with projects in India that are helping educate poor children.
They were joined by four other motivated and enthusiastic sponsors, Aarti Kumar, Praveen Herur, Arjun Seshadri and Varun Chandola to form
Asha Kiran in the same year. They came together in their understanding of the economic disparity in India and the need to raise awareness
among like-minded people to contribute towards alleviating it.
They have been guided and assisted by Mr. GLY (Loknath) Mendon, who has been running charity organizations in India for several years.
The Smile Trust was formed in Maryland, USA in the year 2005, by a team of Indians led by Mr. Ramana Regulapati, to aid
the education and rehabilitation of children who were orphaned by 2004 Tsunami and to take care of under-privileged children in India.
In Dec 2010, board members of Smile Trust voted to relinquish the operation of Smile Trust in USA and join hands with Asha Kiran
to further their cause and inducted Mr. Ramana Regulapati to the Board of Asha Kiran.
The board members of Asha Kiran Inc. are also firm believers that education empowers the poor and gives them an
opportunity to break free from the cycle of poverty. They formed the board of directors, drew up the bylaws and registered the
organization in the state of Maryland and at the federal level. They successfully obtained 501c3 exempt status in November 2008.
As of April 2013, our active sponsors, 144 in number, had enabled our current project, Asha Kiran India,
to sponsor education of 700+ poor students so far.
Currently Asha Kiran India supports education of 354 students who are studying in various courses.
Asha Kiran India has now grown to cover families from Mangalore, Udupi, Puttur, Bellary in Karnataka;
Kasargod in Kerala; New Delhi; Rayadurga, Karimnagar and Warangal Districts in Andhra Pradesh,
Nagapattinam District in Tamilnadu and Karaikal District in Pondicherry.
Board Members and Officers
G L Y Mendon, born 1962, makes his home in Baltimore, MD, USA. His dedication to our cause and experience in its execution keep us always striving forward. He is the Treasurer and Asha Kiran US-India Coordinator.
Praveen Herur, born 1979, is a board member and Correspondent. He uses his excellent organizational and communication skills to work with our sponsors. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA.
Prithvi Shetty, born 1980, is a board member. A society without bias is her dream and she works with the Asha Kiran team in their efforts to make this a reality. She lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Ramana Regulapati, born 1968 is a board member and President of Asha Kiran USA. He lives and works in Maryland USA. He uses his IT skills to administer the Asha Kiran on the web, coordinates activities on ground in India and connects with large number of sponsors. Firm believer of "Education is the path to the Economic Independence".
Aarti Sampath Kumar, is a Volunteer of Asha-Kiran. She served as Asha-Kiran Board member from 2006 to 2013. A resident of Mountain View, California, she uses her business sense and financial acumen to help expand Asha Kiran. She is a firm believer in education, and is a big contributor to the expansion of Asha Kiran.
Ex Board Members
Arjun Seshadri, born 1979, was a board member from 2006 to 2013. He managed Asha Kiran website until 2010.
Varun Chandola, was board member between 2006 and 2008. He was instrumental in setting up Asha-Kiran website and database.
Asha Kiran works towards bringing in sponsors to fund the education of poor children in India. We raise awareness and solicit funds by speaking to like-minded people and by providing information
through our website. Asha Kiran directs all its funds to deserving organizations
that meet the guidelines set forth in our bylaws. For more details on projects and selection criteria, please visit the Projects