August 5, 2016

Why She Runs

Ideate, Inc. MEP Application Specialist, Vasudha Dixit has accomplished an amazing feat.

Vasudha spent the last three months training to participate in the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 31st, which we are proud to say she successfully completed. But she didn’t just run for running’s sake. She ran for a very important cause: Asha for Education, a non-profit dedicated to educating underprivileged children in India.

Asha for Education is a fully volunteer-run organization working with NGOs in India to create synergies towards common goals, and it is dedicated to creating self-sustaining projects that can keep on-going even beyond their involvement.

Some of the projects the San Francisco Chapter of Asha supported are:

Pneuma Trust
Pneuma Trust runs a shelter called Home for Children in Madurai, Tamil Nadu for children who are orphans and semi-orphans of HIV/AIDS infected parents. The home provides food, clothing, and shelter free of cost for 35 children, and sends the children to government run schools to continue regular education.

Society for Women in Rural Development (SWIRD)

SWIRD currently works in 10 pre-primary schools, helping to educate underprivileged children. Improvements including free uniforms, medical help, elimination of fees, and proper structures for classrooms. All of the children who have passed in the last year are studying in local, government-run primary schools, and many of the students from previous years have gone on to high school.

Etasha Society
The organization is located in South East Delhi and focuses on providing schools for low income communities and counseling for students. Etasha counselors work with students who are having difficulty with family relationships and/or suffering from depression. They also help students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Their goal is to reduce drop-out rates and build student's self-confidence.

Vasudha says of the experience, “The Asha team was made up of a great group of dedicated people, and despite the physical aches & pains from running, I had a blast!”

Needless to say, Vasudha has inspired the employees at Ideate, Inc. We couldn’t be prouder.

To learn more about Asha for Education, visit their website.

Vasudha Dixit
AEC Application Specialist 
Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms.