Arya Sughand Sansthan Ashram (ASSA) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the protection, education and empowerment of children. Nestled within 6 acres of rural farmland, ASSA is an oasis of love for underprivileged, orphaned and physically challenged children. Founded in 1992 by two visionary philanthropists, Kamlesh Arya and Dr. Ajay Veer Singh, ASSA is dedicated to protecting, educating, and empowering underprivileged rural orphaned and physically challenged children – regardless of caste or religion. Today, the ashram supports 140 destitute, orphaned and physically-challenged children and teenagers from surrounding areas.
Committed to a better future for the all the world’s children, ASSA undertakes work in fields as diverse as education, environmental care, social welfare, healthcare, and cultural and spiritual growth.
ASSA has evolved over the years to keep pace with the changing times. The old ideology of charity has been replaced with the core values of empowerment and self-reliance. In keeping with these values, ASSA provides children with education and training geared to ensure their overall development for a brighter future. The love and care these children receive allow them to maintain their selfrespect and dignity. Here at ASSA, we know that these young people are not a burden; rather, they are worthy individuals who can add value to our society if given the right opportunities.
Establishing an ashram that could the many needs of orphaned and physically-challenged children and ensure their future self-reliance was a challenging task. The initial years were all sweat, toil and tears! However, the help of well-meaning Samaritans soon began to flow in, and it is this kind-hearted support that continues to support us today. Since 1992, the ashram has come a long way, thanks to the group of dedicated people who have worked tirelessly to build the ashram into a thriving residential home and school.
We aim to give meaning to the lives of orphaned and challenged children. We aim to not only sustain them but to make them self-reliant by offering needs-based services that cater to each child’s circumstances and nurture each child’s individual talents
Our vision is the protection, education and empowerment of all India’s underprivileged, orphaned and challenged children, in order to make them productive and valued members of society.
ASSA has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. The list below highlights some of our achievements and activities since opening in 1992.
Opening of a shelter for ten orphaned and physically-challenged children – 1992.
Opening of a government-accredited school offering education up to class 8 level – 1992.
Commencement of admission to our school for local children and the procurement of concessional uniform/stationary rates for them – 1994.
Introduction of our Income Generation Program (handicrafts training) for orphaned and challenged youth – 1994.
Opening of an entire ashram for orphaned and physically-challenged children – 1998.
Introduction of a scheme to reunite of abandoned children with their families – 2005.
An increase in the number of resident children at ASSA from 10 in 1992 to 130 in 2006.
Introduction of a successful rehabilitation scheme offering vocational training, interest free loans and job placements to
orphaned and physically-challenged children – 2007.
Commencement of provision of residential facilities for underprivileged local children who attend the school – 2007.
Introduction of a Performing and Therapeutic Arts Program (including dance, music, drama, martial arts, etc) – 2009.
Provision of professional individual counseling for children – 2010.
Achievement of the social reintegration and independence of approximately 40 young adults through various projects since 1992.
ASSA dance performance performed at the World Social Forum – January 2004.
Recent selection of one ASSA teenager for a Bachelors Degree in Dental Studies and another for a college diploma in Civil Engineering.
Selection of two ASSA children for scholarships in 2009 and four ASSA children in 2010.
“The consensual marriages of four young women who are now leading happy and contend lives”