Dr Kiran: ‘Hello everyone, below is a moving video of Vandana, recorded by her in English. I have to say I was impressed by the level of English displayed. She is being given English lessons by an 18 year old enthusiastic teacher called Julianna. Julianna is now a freshman student at university in the US. She is the daughter of a wonderful supporter and friend Steve Watson.
Well done Julianna and Vandana! Who knows where Vandana will go next?
Rubina is a resident of Seelampur staying in one room shanty with her husband, one child and her in-laws. Rubina’s husband works as an assistant in a butcher’s shop on daily wage basis, earning a meagre income of 6000-7000 INR (96 USD/ £ 69) per month, which is too insufficient for supporting the family.
To add to the family’s problems, the lockdown because of the pandemic resulted in the closure of the shop and his family was almost on the brink of starvation. Rubina was pregnant but her family had little resources or means to take care of her. Asha team supported Rubina’s family with emergency ration and other necessary items.
When Rubina visited Asha clinic at Seelampur, she was 3 months pregnant. Her BMI was calculated and she was found suffering from severe malnutrition and Anaemia. She was immediately registered for Asha’s special Malnutrition clinic and was provided high energy, high protein drink along with micro nutrient supplements.
Further, her pregnancy was regularly monitored by home visits and her ANC Check-up was done at Asha clinic as per schedule. Her health condition improved significantly and her pregnancy also progressed well. Asha’s CHV also accompanied her to the hospital for the check-up.
When the date of delivery approached, the doctors at hospital said that that, Rubina’s delivery will be done by operation as she is having twins and there were some complications. Rubina got very nervous and started crying. However, Asha’s CHV motivated and counselled her and prepared her for delivery. Asha’s CHV also accompanied her to the hospital and got her admitted for the delivery. Due to the efforts of the doctors and the Asha team, delivery was normal and Rubina delivered two beautiful twin babies on 26th January’2021.
The babies are healthy and were born with normal weight. The children were breastfed within 6 hours of delivery. After 24 hours monitoring at the hospital, Rubina was discharged and sent to her home. Asha team is ensuring adequate post-natal care for the mother and child by regular home visits. Asha also ensured that Rubina is provided balanced and nutritious food and takes her medicines on time. Both Rubina and her twins are doing well.
Asha congratulates Robert Johanson, the Chairman of Australian Friends of Asha, on being awarded the prestigious Australia Day honours for his distinguished service to finance, Australia-India relations, and education. As the Chairman of AFOA since 2012, Robert has also visited the Asha slums and inspired many Asha students.
Thank you, Robert, for always demonstrating a deep commitment to the vision and the mission of Asha!
Hello folks, this is the video of Asha Graduate Jubair speaking in his own words. It’s such a powerful story, accompanied by pictures of him when he was young, and of him with many of you on this group, particularly in the UK. Look out for your pictures with Jubair!
Watching the miracle of the way his life gets transformed is wonderful. He is one of my earliest mentees. Perhaps he gives me more praise than I deserve. His own hard work and attributes are primarily responsible.
His heartfelt promise of standing with my vision to propel it forward till the last day of his life is moving to hear.
He symbolizes what the power of education can achieve: empowerment, connections across the world, flourishing and productivity, justice, citizenship, a strong character, and much more.
Hello everyone, many thanks to all who have donated to Asha’s Care of the Elderly program coming up to Christmas. The elderly who are poor and abandoned in Asha communities need assistance at so many levels.
They find it difficult to maintain their body temperature in the cold weather, particularly because they live in poorly protected shelter. They already have a slow metabolism and muscle loss with age, which makes it hard for them to bear the cold. I have seen the elderly die of heart attacks because the cold air from the roof and sides of the poorly insulated shanty comes in and constricts their blood vessels, increasing their blood pressure. I have also seen them die of hypothermia. They can suffer from many other diseases due to a poor immune system.
We were able to provide soft warm blankets to all the elderly under our care, and they were delighted.
The Asha volunteers visit them everyday to make sure they are doing well. They receive groceries from Asha and all their health needs are taken care of as much as is possible at the Asha Community Clinic.