The Society of the Fathers of Holy Cross has been involved in formal and non-formal education along with the social service, aimed at socio-economic and human development in Northeast India since 1937. The society runs 15 renowned educational institutions and social services centres catering to more than 25 groups of indigenous people all over Northeast India.To enhance the non-formal education and development works in this sphere Association for Social and Human Advancement (ASHA) was established and registered as a Social Service Society in the year 1999 (Regd. No. 3282/99). Thus ASHA is the official development wing of the Society of the Fathers of Holy Cross, Northeast India. ASHA strives to serve the people of Northeast India particularly in the states of Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal and Mizoram through 18 centres.
Since its establishment, ASHA remained committed and equipped to give specialized training to leaders from cross sections of the society to work for a Just, Peaceful and Progressive society. The Society has undertaken various community development programmes supported by Misereor, Mensen-Meteen-Missie, DKA KFB Austria and Fratille Dimanticati.