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Helping Children From India's Slums | by Brian Glanz
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Helping Children From India's Slums

Eager students run outside to greet Headmistress Lakshmi Suryanarayanan at Olcott Memorial School in Chennai, India. My wife and I were touring the school with Lakshmi, and she was a rock star! The kids were super excited to share what they had been learning.


Olcott Memorial is a 115-year-old school dedicated exclusively to children from the poorest parts of Indian society, including the slums of Chennai. It is one of many projects in Chennai funded in part by Asha for Education.


The Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has captured hearts around the world. Of the millions who have seen it, many wonder what they can do to help children from India's slums.


Asha for Education is a nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers. Asha has funded and organized education projects in slums across India, including the slums shown in Slumdog Millionaire. Asha has worked to help these children for more than 10 years, with 93 projects focusing on children from slums.


One of the best things you can do to help is to make a donation to Asha for Education. Do so by using the Google Checkout form on their website.


You can also help by spreading the word about Asha's good work. As demonstrated in the first comment below, you can place the graphic based on this photo on web sites, profiles, in email, and so on, linking to Asha's site. You could even put a copy in your flickr stream :)

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Taken on March 17, 2005