Category Archives: 2021

Dr Kiran meets the British High Commissioner to India HE Alex Ellis

Hello folks, yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the British High Commissioner to India HE Alex Ellis and his lovely wife Theresa. They graciously invited my mentees and me to their home for tea. Amritesh, Tushar, Abhishek and Mohini went with me. They shared their remarkable stories, and everyone’s spirits were raised. His Excellency promised to resume the internship and mentorship programs as soon as possible, and also begin hosting events in his garden once the Covid situation permits. We will certainly plan a visit for him in early 2022. We spoke about the wonderful partnerships with FOA GB and FOA Ireland. The students were excited and we all expressed our gratitude to him for their commitment to this partnership over so many years.

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Dr Kiran and her mentees meet Minister Councillor for Education at the Australian High Commission

Here’s some more great news. My mentees and I met with the Minister Councillor for Education at the Australian High Commission along with his entire team. His name is Mathew Johnston. He was absolutely delighted to hear that Tushar and Amritesh are at University of Sydney and UQ respectively. He said it was not going to be long before Amritesh would be able to fly to Brisbane. The young people shared their stories too and he said to them that he too was the first in his family who went to university. He encouraged Mohini as she shared her aspirations to go to Australia in 2022. The internship program in collaboration with Asha will soon begin as well. You might remember that the Australian High Commissioner HE Barry O’Farrell came to Asha in early 2021 to inaugurate Asha’s first High Speed Internet Centre in Mayapuri Slum Community. This Centre was resourced by Australian Friends of Asha. Our partnership with the Australian High Commission is over 25 years old and has resulted in amazing benefits to our students in the slums. It was wonderful to meet them after nearly 18 months.

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Dr Kiran visits Asha slum community Chanderpuri

Hi everyone, my visit to Chanderpuri slum was a day of mixed feelings, sadness at the terrible plight of malnourished girls, and joy that they felt valued and were given the best of care by the Asha team.

I did a health assessment of each of the young girls, and found a variety of health issues that I put them on treatment for.

They have all been coming for their daily food supplements. Some had TB, others had severe Iron Deficiency Anemia, Worms, and so on.

Most came from families suffering from extreme poverty due to complicated sets of circumstances.

They had a wonderful meal together arranged by Asha, following which I gave them gifts of clothes and shoes.

It is only because of your generosity that I am able to help them all. I am so very grateful.

How happy they were to receive clothes and shoes👇

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Dr Kiran visits Mayapuri Slum Community

I had a wonderful day at the Mayapuri clinic today. I met with many malnourished girls and found that our Nurse Practitioner Shiny is taking excellent care of them. She has been regularly giving them, Iron and Folic Acid, Vitamin and Mineral supplements, D3, and she had also dewormed them all. They come regularly for their protein and calorie supplements. The ones who have been on the program for a while, have gained weight, and the ones newly enrolled have a long way to go. The ones who are recovering said that it was the first time in months that they felt strong, alert and energetic. They come to the IT center regularly and do their school work. They were filled with gratitude, and when I shared about your generosity with them, they asked me to thank you from their hearts.

Most of the sick patients come to Asha in large numbers, and I observed they are all being taken very good care of and being given free treatment.

The warriors expressed gratitude for being a part of the Asha family that they all love so much. They brought out a Gratitude Cake, asked me to cut it, and each one expressed their gratitude for so many ways in which their lives were being changed. The atmosphere was filled with love, hope, joy, ambition, and much more.

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ON AFFIRMATION

Affirmation is quite closely linked to the value of gratitude. According to the Oxford dictionary, ‘to affirm’ means: to state or assert positively, to maintain as true. It also stands for giving a person a heightened sense of value through the experience of something emotionally or spiritually uplifting.

It is a standard practice at all Asha meetings to affirm and appreciate one another in a safe and loving environment. Everyone present is affirmed, demonstrating the love, appreciation, and respect all team members have for each other. However, our declaration of something in a person that is true requires a genuine knowing of the other. This happens when we take time to build relationships with one another, pay attention to each other’s strengths, recognize and appreciate the gifts of others, and genuinely express that recognition to one another. We can then speak the truth with conviction and knowledge, to what we know about the other. Our affirmation can be authentic, and completely devoid of flattery and manipulation.

Everyday, I see the amazing effects of affirmations on my team as well as on hundreds of slum college students, children, and others in the communities. I have seen these affirmations bring to life their capabilities, strengths, talents, and skills. Their effects penetrate so deeply that the person’s entire attitude, behavior, and actions are affected. They change the way people experience events, and they completely alter the emotional climate of relationships. The word ‘encourage’ means ‘to inspire courage’. Words of encouragement and affirmation lead to courage, and a sense of security. This brings about a vibrant expression of latent potential within us, and causes us to flourish in all the dimensions of our lives. There is no room for judgmental or guilt inducing, condemning or critical words that lead to a feeling of rejection. There is no room for loudness or harshness. The tone and manner in which we speak is exceedingly important.

People are deeply influenced by those who affirm them, and listen to them. Being affirmed does wonders for the other person’s sense of hearing. In addition, behaviours that are rewarded and celebrated, are more likely to be repeated. Affirmation in the presence of others is also key. This means that we are giving public honour and respect for a person’s gifts, abilities, and qualities.

It is important that we affirm people on a consistent basis. Studies have found that consistent affirmation results in the muscles becoming stronger, and more active. On the other hand, the muscles tend to become weak and we feel a sense of fatigue in a negative environment.

Let us embrace affirmation as a value to be practiced everyday, and let us remember that our affirmations can have a profound impact on the lives of others. They way others experience life’s events, and relationships around them, can change forever.

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Asha team in Mayapuri practices the Asha value ‘Gratitude’

Hello folks, these days we are having conversations on Gratitude all over Asha. Yesterday I was a part of a moving conversation with some Asha Team members in Mayapuri. CHV Prema said she felt so grateful for the peace and joy she experienced at the Asha center where she always felt surrounded by love. Each time she felt stressed, she would come over to be with her Asha family.

CHV Sumitra said she was grateful for the water she got from the Tanker. Even though she had to fill it in buckets and bring it home everyday, it was much nicer than the salty water she had from a bore well earlier.

Corona Warrior Archana said that she was so grateful her one room home in the slum was saved from a demolition that was carried out right next to her house. She also thought of the many people who lived on pavements and under bridges and was fortunate that she had a home.

Warrior Sunny said he was unspeakably grateful for his books. He had seen so many children who had no books at all. He was in his final year at Delhi University because of his books.

Team Leader Shiny said that she experienced a heart full of gratitude for having learnt how to diagnose and treat all kinds of patients that came to the clinic. She felt so rewarded when each sick person became well through her hands.

CHV Prema felt grateful that she had the wonderful opportunity to make Asha Laddoos, feed young malnourished children and girls, and watch them gain weight.

A lot more was said. Everyone experienced a great deal of joy, positivity, energy and the true love and bonds of a family. They couldn’t wait to come to the Asha Centre each morning.

They are penning down daily Gratitude Reflections, and writing beautiful Gratitude letters to their family and friends.

What a wonderful testament to the power of Gratitude!

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Asha continues to helps thousands of slum families in distress

Hello folks, the employment situation continues to be disturbing and worrying in the slums. As you may know, there is no job security, no benefits, no social security, no employment protection, and no savings. The economy is in distress due to the pandemic.

Asha continues to identify and help families in all ways possible. We are in this for the long haul, committed to standing with them for as long as it takes for them to get back on their feet. Thank you to everyone of you for your wonderful generosity.

Donate for Asha’s Covid-19 emergency response: https://bit.ly/2tFvdy3

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Asha celebrates the work of Asha nurses and paramedics during the second wave

Our wonderfully brave, passionate and competent nurses and paramedics gathered at my home to celebrate how they saved hundreds of lives during this second wave.

We salute them all for their loving and dedicated service to the poor. They roamed every lane and every street looking for sick covid patients and looked after all patients in the comfort of their homes. The passion in their care and follow up was admired by one and all.

They often came back late in the evening, at night, and in the early hours of the morning to see how the patients were doing. Our phones rang all evening and all night with patient related emergencies and need for urgent treatment interventions.

Cheers to our nurses and paramedics!

Donate for Asha’s Covid-19 emergency response: https://bit.ly/2tFvdy3

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Dr Kiran visits Kusumpur Pahari slum community and runs a clinic

Hi folks,

I visited Kusumpur today. The team and Warriors gave me a warm welcome. I was so happy to see the IT Lab functioning, with our university students using it for college assignments, projects and research. The students were telling me how much of a difference it is already making in this digital age where access to the internet through laptops has happened for the first time in Kusumpur. Macquarie Gurgaon has provided us with the funds for this new project. Thank you Manish and Team Macquarie Gurgaon for your kind assistance. I met Amritesh today and he is in charge of the lab. He will make sure that it is used optimally.

At Kusumpur , I ran the clinic where I saw patients with Bronchial Asthma, COPD, Diabetes and Hypertension. Most patients who had been taking treatment from government centres and private health care institutions, had run out of medication and had no access to their health care providers. The health team led by Nurse Practitioner Pushpa, was doing an excellent job of treating all patients as per Asha’s protocols. All patients under her care were feeling much better. Treatment without any cost and good follow up has meant that they are back on track. The Warriors are also visiting them in their homes.

Thank you Friends of Asha for providing us with the resources for medicines, inhalers, nebulizers, glucometers, and all essentials to treat the patients. Some patients are very poor and the team has given them groceries as well as financial help. Where would they have gone without Asha?

Donate for Asha’s Covid-19 emergency response: https://bit.ly/2tFvdy3

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From the ground in India- A Zoom Webinar

Join us from on the ground in Delhi in a Zoom Webinar to hear from Dr Kiran Martin and Usha, an experienced journalist.

They will give first-hand accounts from slum residents and detail the interventions Asha is making to save lives in communities during this pandemic.

Date: Tue, 6 July 2021
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM AEST
This is a FREE EVENT, secure your tickets at- https://www.melbournepressclub.com/article/from-the-ground-in-india

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