Monthly Archives: March 2021

Inauguration of IT Center at Asha’s Mayapuri Slum Community

On 4th March 2021, ASHA inaugurated its first IT Lab in Mayapuri Asha centre in the presence of His Excellency Barry O’Farrell, High Commissioner of Australia to India. The event was also streamed live through zoom, and Asha supporters in Australia and around the world were able to watch with great delight.

Dr. Kiran hosted the online event and informed that this IT lab would transform the lives of thousands of young school and college-going Asha students in Mayapuri slum community. Mala, an Asha graduate also spoke about the challenges that students face regularly with internet services and how crucial an IT lab is for her community. Later, the High Commissioner also took a moment to appreciate the efforts of Asha and the Friends of Asha-Australia for supporting such means of education.

The Asha students were very excited to have a personal interaction with HE Mr. Barry O’Farrell and share their stories with him. The High Commissioner also received the opportunity to engage with the Women’s Group and community health volunteers in Mayapuri and take a tour of the Mayapuri Asha centre as well.

ASHA would like to thank Friends of Asha in Australia for their support for this initiative.

ASHA would like to thank Friends of Asha in Australia for their support for this initiative.

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Asha Student Mohini from Tigri Slum Community

This is a beautiful video of Mohini from Asha’s Tigri Slum Community.

I remember, during the early years of Asha, I personally witnessed newborn baby girls being strangulated by the midwife with the umbilical cord, and they were still born. I saw one of them being buried behind her mother’s shanty, surrounded by garbage and filth.

Girls in the slums are denied an education, married early and have children well before they are 20-21 years of age.

They are the silent sufferers with rampant sexual abuse.

How much mourning and sorrow there is when they are born, specially if they are child number 3 or 4.

Such was the situation with Mohini. But what a marvelous story of redemption through the work of Asha, told in her own words. And I’m sure we will see her in Australia soon, doing her Masters!

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