Ashoka Fellows in Asia

India

Economic Development

A firm believer in the participatory approach to service management systems, Ashok Bharti is founding community-based cooperatives as an alternative distribution mechanism for electricity to reach India’s slum dwellers.

India

Civic Engagement
RACHNA

Manoj Bhatt is creating an income-generation based model of conservation which will generate supplementary cash income for rural families as well as revenue for community-based conservation projects. Manoj, through his organization, Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), is using tourism to assist in conservation and...

India

Civic Engagement

Mihir Bhatt is redefining disaster mitigation by viewing it as a continuous process of social development and community participation rather than as a short-term rescue and relief effort. His organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute, is addressing disaster risk management from the victim’s point of view and introducing a long-term social...

Nepal

Economic Development
Association of Craft Producers

Meera Bhattarai is helping low-income women to develop high margined products to sell domestically and internationally. With these margins, she is demonstrating that it is possible for employers to provide a wide array of fringe benefits not common in Nepal today.

India

Environment
Sustaintech

Svati Bhogle has come up with a distribution system to counter the inefficient use of cooking stoves by street food vendors in India; enabling them to easily own fuel efficient stoves, save money on fuel, and earn a better profit. Built on ecological considerations, these improved stoves not only increase their income, but ensure better health...

India

Health

Patricia Day Bidinger is providing health care and medical testing to the villagers of rural India, while launching a "traveler's aid" service that will help these villagers obtain sound specialized medical care when they travel to large cities.

India

Human Rights
Childline India Foundation

Jeroo Billimoria launched Childline, the country's first attempt at making street children's quick access to supports, such as police assistance and health care, as easy as dialing a number. Manned by street children themselves, Childline combines 24-hour emergency telephone services with follow-up support to alleviate their distress.

India

Learning/Education
Riverside School

Through her education curriculum and initiatives to build a healthy relationship between students and their community, Kiran Bir Sethi is changing the experience of childhood in Indian cities. Kiran believes when children are raised in nurturing environments, they in turn, create such environments for future generations and ultimately build a...

Thailand

Learning/Education
Social and Academic Activists Forum (SAAF)

Krisada Boonchai is both professionalizing citizen sector organizations and increasing the academic community's understanding of grassroots issues by bridging the divide that has traditionally separated these two sectors. Through the flexible collaboration of his Social and Academic Activists Forum (SAAF), Krisada seeks to promote a collective...

Thailand

Learning/Education
The Mirror Arts Group

In northern Thailand, Sombat Boonngamanong is devising an education system that erases divisions within society. He links the interests of children, teachers, and parents so that everyone can participate in the educational process. Using the Internet, he is also actively extending this community to the rest of Thailand, its government, and even...