Friends of Asha-Australia organized a zoom webinar to host Dr Kiran Martin and Asha graduate Usha on 6th July, 2021.
Here is a video where Asha graduate Usha shared first-hand accounts from slum residents during the webinar and detailed the interventions Asha is making to save lives in communities during this pandemic.
This online event was highly successful as hundreds of Asha supporters worldwide joined in to hear about Asha’s emergency response to covid-19 in the slums.
Hi everyone, I’ve been encouraging all locally elected representatives to be invited to visit the Asha communities. These relationships are critical to the living conditions and needs of slum residents.
Here is a Municipal Councillor, elected rep of a large area in and around Kalkaji. He is giving out Asha grocery bags at the Asha Centre. He feels respected and appreciated, and in turn realizes the value of the Asha team and their wonderful efforts. He announced that he would always be available to Asha and to the community for problems related to sanitation etc. that fall under his jurisdiction. What a great ally we have found in him.
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.
Asha graduate Shiv from Seelampur Asha community completes his First Year of Masters in Social Work with good grades!
We are celebrating together at my home tonight. He did it in the English medium that was really hard for him. However, the guidance, teaching and mentoring of Victoria Thampi, Chair of FOA Ireland has made it possible, along with his own hard work. Social Work is his passion.
He will soon begin the second year of his Masters. Before we know, he will have a double Masters, one in Political Science and the other in Social Work. He is a fantastic Asha Team member and is continuing to transform many lives. He has the wonderful capacity to influence young people and inspire them to reach great heights.
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?
When a vaccination drive began in CR das school located in Seelampur, North East Delhi, our Asha team member Shiv went there to speak to the person in charge of running the vaccination centre. Shiv met with him in person and explained the work that Asha does in the slums, he spoke about our Asha warriors who are working tirelessly every day to spread awareness with their slum communities.
Shiv requested the person in charge to allow our group of 14 slum dwellers to receive their vaccination on that day. However, his request was denied, he was informed that there is a very high shortage of vaccines at the moment. However, Shiv did not give up.
The Asha team in Seelampur had already formed a good relationship with the councillor of Seelampur, Mr Haji Afzal, through Asha’s work done in the first and second covid wave. Shiv went to meet him immediately and informed him of the situation. Mr Haji Afzal informed his team about the shortage of vaccines and asked that more vaccines be sent urgently.
Mr Haji Afzal also made sure to visit the vaccination centre along with Shiv and Asha warriors. He was present there till the last member of our group received their vaccination. Shiv and his team were successful in getting everyone vaccinated in 1 day!
This recent story highlights the dedication and bravery of the Asha team and Asha warriors who are working tirelessly in the slums to get every slum dweller vaccinated. Asha is making sure that each and every slum dweller receive their vaccination immediately.
Today the MLA of Anna Nagar Praveen Kumar visited Anna Nagar community at Asha’s invitation. He was visibly moved on hearing stories from the Asha warriors on ways in which the community was being given full support during such a hard time. He gave out grocery bags on behalf of Asha, and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated. An existing friendship became deeper and richer. As an influential member of the ruling party in Delhi, so much good can be done for the community by him as we work together. He is a wonderful person and a hardworking and sincere MLA.
There were a large number of TB patients in the Asha communities, most of whom got treated. Since Covid has spread in the slums, a number of treated patients have relapsed. They have become sputum positive again and are really sick. Some have been referred to TB hospitals for admission. That in itself is really difficult these days. Others are being treated and monitored at home by Asha.
Hi everyone, some of you may have heard of the families living in great poverty on a dried river bed near the Interstate Bus Terminal of the city.
The men are mostly cycle rickshaw pullers who have been out of work for over two months. The families live on mud in temporary shacks. There is no electricity, no toilets, and no roads.
This time I asked the team to invite the local MLA (equal to a US Congressman, or a locally elected representative of the legislative branch of the government), and involve the MLA in the process of handing out grocery bags.
The poor were comforted, they and their children got enough to eat for some days, and an important relationship was built with the MLA, whose wife represented him. She was really happy to get involved. Hopefully she will be able to help provide basic services to the residents who have suffered neglect at the hands of the authorities for so many years.