Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dr. Kiran’s Meeting With Ambassador of Ireland HE Brian McElduff

Dr. Kiran with HE Brian McElduff, Irish Embassy

Dr. Kiran expressed her gratitude of meeting the Ambassador of Ireland to India HE Brian McElduff-
It was a delight to meet with the new Ambassador of Ireland to India HE Brian McElduff this morning. We spoke of the long standing relationship between Ireland and Asha, going back about 20 years. He was really pleased to hear of the various activities of Friends of Asha (Ireland), particularly the relationship with the various Irish schools and churches. He is keenly looking forward to meeting with the school teams in October, and has offered to host them at his residence.
The Irish Embassy has been hosting Asha interns since 2012, and many have gone on to getting really good jobs. He met with Rekha who is currently interning at the Visa Section. He was also glad to hear Usha’s story, and congratulated her on her achievements in Australia.

Thank you Your Excellency for taking out the time to meet with us.

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Meeting with Dr Harshvardhan


It was wonderful to meet with India’s Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Senior Leader in the Modi Government, Dr Harshvardhan. He was delighted to hear of Usha’s visit to Australia and gave her his blessings and good wishes for a bright future ahead. He was also so pleased to hear of the Asha school leaving results this year, and warmly congratulated Asha and the students, particularly the toppers for such an excellent performance. He has promised to attend Asha’s Celebration of Learning event in July once all the college admissions are over.

Thank you, Dr Harshvardhan for your deep interest in and encouragement of the work of Asha!

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Essence of Affirmation – The Way Forword


On the eve of turning 57, I have been reflecting on one of the Asha values that has brought out in my team and communities all that is right, and good, and beautiful. It has multiplied their joy, stimulated them, quickened them, and whirled them into action!

The Asha value I am thinking of is that of Affirmation. When we recognise in others a commendable skill, personality trait, or action, it must be noticed and named. The practice of affirmation is life giving, bringing peace to a fearful heart, supply into want, health into sickness, solutions to problems. We blossom in ways that are wonderful to behold. Our strengths, capabilities, and talents are brought to life. We feel empowered, and our self esteem is strengthened.

When we affirm others, we demonstrate that we are on their side. They are then far more inclined to take our counsel to heart when we have some constructive criticism to offer down the road. We therefore earn the privilege of offering feedback that can help a person understand behaviours or actions that require change.

Behaviours that are rewarded and celebrated are also more likely to be repeated. When we are seen as people who look for the best in others, others feel safe in our company and like to be around us.

It is important that affirmation is specific and consistent. Affirmation in the presence of others where appropriate, is key. This means that we are giving public honour and respect for a person’s gifts and abilities.

Everyday I see the amazing effects of affirmation on the members of the Asha family penetrating so deeply that their entire attitude, behaviour and actions are affected. The way they experience events, and the emotional climate of their relationships, has completely changed.

Let us embrace affirmation as a value to be practised everyday, and remember that our affirmations can have a profound impact on the lives of others.

With all my good wishes and thanks for your kindness and generosity towards Asha.

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Wonderful interaction of Asha High School Toppers with Mr LK Advani


It was a joy for me to take some of Asha’s toppers in class 12 to meet Mr LK Advani, senior most leader of India’s Ruling Party, the BJP. Santosh Kumar of Zakhira slum colony has scored a brilliant 91% in Chemistry and Physics each. His father is unemployed and mother earns a shocking £2.50 per month. Having faced extreme poverty all his life, this remarkable result is such an inspiration to the world. He would like to do an Honours in Physics and would like to become a Scientist.

Sonam from Chanderpuri slum community scored a wonderful aggregate of 88% with 91 in Political Science and Hindi each! She would like to study an Honours in Political Science. She has been a member of the Asha family since she was a young child. She too has been raised in severe poverty and couldn’t have ever dreamed of studying further without Asha’s support.

Rishabh from Dr Ambedkar slum colony has scored a fantastic 92% overall, and amazing marks in Business Studies, Economics, and Accounts with an A plus grade in all the subjects. He dreams of becoming a Chartered Accountant someday.

There are hundreds of children from the slums Asha is currently helping to apply to Delhi University. I’d like to give each one of them a chance at a decent and dignified life. My team and I are completely committed to helping them all the way. I hope all of you can help us in every possible manner to attain this goal. Here is how you can help –

I’m deeply grateful for all your support.

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