Monthly Archives: December 2020

One Girl’s dream of Higher Education

18-year-old Kulsum lives in Zakhira slum community with her family. Kulsum’s very poor parents had migrated to Delhi from the state of Bihar in search of better opportunities.

However, life in Delhi was not easy. After struggling with odd jobs, her father found work as a scrap collector, earning about 100 USD a month.

Kulsum got associated with Asha through the Children’s Group when she was just 6 years old. She loved coming to Asha, and that is where she began to blossom, as she learnt about the Asha values and about community service.

Kulsum and her family reside in a tiny matchstick size house in Zakhira slum. The size of a room is barely the size of a single bed mattress. The family of 6 manage to conduct their daily activities in this small space.

Through Asha’s support, Kulsum was able to score 89% in her 12th final exams. Her excellent marks were sure to secure her a seat at Delhi University.

However, due to financial circumstances, her father refused to send her to university. The Asha team in Zakhira worked relentlessly for days to convince her father. The team told him not to worry about the finances; Asha would support her.

Finally Kulsum took admission at Delhi University, to study a BA in Economics and Political Science. What a victory after weeks of convincing her father!

It was at college where Kulsum, a shy girl began to shine. She started to participate in debate competitions and group discussions in class where she spoke her mind. She won many essay competitions, at one time also securing the 1st prize as a cash prize of Rs 2000/-. That meant the world to her. She remembered that day how she could not speak a word before a stranger. She could hardly recognise herself!

Today, Kulsum is in her 2nd year of university and enjoying her educational journey. She is an active Asha Corona Warrior, and is standing with her community during these worst of times.

“I really enjoy writing and want to become a Hindi journalist, writing for a newspaper or an online news website in the future. I know that Dr Kiran and the Asha family will always support me to achieve my dream” says Kulsum.

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Asha student Parvez shares his story

Dr Kiran: ‘Here’s the moving story of Parvez in his own words. What a great deal of courage he has demonstrated by speaking in a language he didn’t know a word of, and learnt at Asha.’

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Asha student Tushar shares his story

Asha student Tushar from Mayapuri shares his personal story and achievements that he has garnered through the support of Asha. We thank all of you for your continuous love and support, in aiding young and bright minds such as Tushar and thousands more in Asha communities.

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Dr Kiran visits new Asha students in Kalkaji slum community

Dr Kiran visited Kalkaji slum community where she was greeted with around 30 Asha corona warriors and students who greeted her with a warm welcome, and huge smiles on their faces. The Asha corona warriors were eager and excited to interact with Dr Kiran and share their stories with her.

This year, the Asha team in Kalkaji has scored the highest level of admissions to the Delhi University within all the Asha slums! There has been a total of 25 admissions from this community and nearby slum areas where the Asha team continuously works. Dr Kiran was extremely happy with these results and congratulated the team for their dedication and hard work in securing these admissions.

Next, Dr Kiran held an interactive session with the new Asha students wherein the students introduced themselves and shared their stories. Dr Kiran enquired about their association with Asha and heard about how the Asha team in Kalkaji had helped these students with every step in securing their admissions in their desired courses and colleges. The new Asha students were extremely emotional while interacting with Dr Kiran, they thanked her from the bottom of their hearts for providing Asha scholarships through which these students were able to pay their college fees and secure their college seats.

The benefits of higher education within Asha slums are clearly visible and bring much joy. May this movement grow to reach thousands upon thousands of young people, and transform the entire landscape of the Asha communities, forever liberating them from the distress and sorrows of poverty.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha warrior Sunny recounts the relief programs and interventions conducted in all Asha communities

Asha Warrior Sunny of Mayapuri has recorded a wonderful video painting a picture of the Covid situation in the Asha communities, and thanking all of you for having stood with them during such hard times.

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