Opening the doors of college education for Dev

There are daily admissions happening at Delhi University and each time I receive the news of any student, I’m always excited. In many ways it’s a miracle. Here are some more stories:

Dev lives in Chanderpuri slum community with his father who is a labourer, his mother and his other siblings. Dev has been a member of Asha’s Bal Mandal from a young age. He watched many students go to university in his slum, and dreamt that one day he would go too. His father lost work during the pandemic and the family fell into great poverty. Asha came along side them and helped them in every way possible for many months. Suddenly Dev got Tuberculosis in 2020. This was his critical school leaving year. Once again he was diagnosed by Asha, and his treatment was started at the TB hospital. He recovered fully under Asha’s care. Asha then helped him with books, academic aid, coaching and mentoring. The team and Ambassadors rallied around him with full support. As a result, he scored 85% in his school leaving exam. He has just got a place at Delhi University to study a Bachelors in History and Political Science. Asha of course has helped him navigate the entire complex admissions process and given him all the financial aid he needs. Dev is the first person in his family and his entire village to go to university. What a story!

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