Asha Warrior Sunny of Mayapuri has recorded a wonderful video painting a picture of the Covid situation in the Asha communities, and thanking all of you for having stood with them during such hard times.
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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha warrior Sunny recounts the relief programs and interventions conducted in all Asha communities
I received great joy from being welcomed with love and warmth by the residents of Seelampur.
As I walked along the main road inside the slum towards the Asha Centre, I saw the huge difference the covering of the large open drain had made. The open drain was always filled with sewerage and solid waste, and was the source of diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, malaria, dengue, hepatitis, and a host of other illnesses. The Asha Mahila Mandal in the community deserves full credit for this major task accomplished; getting an open drain covered after years of perseverance.
They have also got the huge open garbage disposal site at the entrance to the slum covered, and the garbage inside is now mechanically disposed of.
Congratulations to the Seelampur Mahila Mandal for these remarkable achievements. They are truly empowered to transform their communities.
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Today, I want to share with you some reflections on Leadership, and the types of leadership that
are helping us to successfully strategize, implement, and see the impact of our efforts on Asha communities, especially during this pandemic.
I truly believe that the effectiveness of our efforts is directly attributable to the strength of our leadership.
Talent and skill among leaders is very important. But, the most important demonstrations of our leadership qualities are the ways in which we love, we serve, and our authenticity, solidity, and personal substance.
Our leadership calls for loving attention to every member of the team, their nature, their gifts, their needs, and their motivations. They are precious people, and they must be given full support, and shown kindness at all times. Their problems must be listened to and heard with empathy. Each team member must be affirmed and appreciated. As Asha leaders, we must create an environment of safety and security for each team member. An atmosphere of trust creates wonderful bonds between co-workers. There is then no room for politics or gossip.
We must necessarily lead by example, demonstrating compassion and courage in the midst of the most difficult circumstances.
Boundless energy, passion, and an optimism rooted in reality will gain leaders many supporters who when empowered, will carry Hope and Asha, to the farthest corners of every Asha community.’
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The elderly under our care are in great distress at this time. These pictures speak volumes on the poverty they are living in. Run down homes, little to eat, little to wear, sickness, frailty, inability to take care of themselves. Lonely, abandoned and forgotten by their families. So much emotional pain.
What a wonderful source of solace, comfort and help our Warriors are. Each Warrior is given the responsibility of an Elderly person. They visit them every single day. And how the elderly look forward to their daily visits.
I feel that there is a lot more I must do for them. I will consult all around and then expand my work. They must be given a lot of love, and must live in comfort and with dignity.
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One of the greatest challenges the Asha family is facing during this pandemic is the physical distancing needed between people. The language of touch is not being spoken these days, and it’s joys seem lost for a while.
Affectionate and loving hugs have been a hallmark of the Asha family. The power of touch has created an environment of safety and trust. It has spread tremendous amount of goodwill and fostered cooperative relationships in Asha communities everywhere.
Touch has the power to soothe, to express compassion, to calm down stress, and to produce generosity.
Hugging boosts self esteem and brings about a sense of security in a way no words can. Hugging stirs the soul. Sometimes only the language of touch can fully express what we feel.
May the joys of this wonderful language soon be restored to us all, and may we learn to cherish it more than ever.
I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful transformational stories of our young people from the Asha slum communities who are at university.
These and hundreds of other stories are really a tribute to each one of you.
Together we have created opportunities for much better health, much higher income levels, development of a vast variety of skills, and dream careers. We have created opportunities for our young people to grow and expand their minds, and experiment with what they are passionate about.
Their communication skills, critical thinking skills, sense of discipline, and productivity, have all grown by leaps and bounds.
The benefits of higher education to entire communities is clearly visible, and bring me much joy. The communities are much healthier with higher life expectancies. Many have been able to break free from the cycle of poverty. The strong are lifting up the weak. They are politically aware, are good citizens, and highly involved in civic affairs. Child marriage has gone down dramatically, age at marriage has advanced, and women are seen as equal partners with men, rather than just future wives and mothers.
May this movement grow to reach thousands upon thousands of young people, and transform the entire landscape of the Asha communities, forever liberating them from the distress and sorrows of poverty.
Hello folks, today’s posts are dedicated to the Late Ms Ruth McKibbin who spent over 20 years bringing teams of pupils from Methodist College Belfast from out to the Kalkaji slum community every 18 months. She was dearly loved by everyone at Kalkaji: the Asha team, university students and school pupils alike. What a wonderful legacy she created at Asha over the years.
Here is the story of Shiva who was a part of the Asha Children’s Group at Kalkaji since a young age. He learnt a lot from Ruth and the Methodist teams that would spend time with him and other children during their visits. Ruth would have been so proud of his achievements.
Shiva lives in a tiny two room home with his family in Kalkaji slum. His father has been working as a daily wage laborer at construction sites for over 30 years.
During the pandemic, Shiva’s father lost all work, and then developed Covid. At first he was quarantined at home, but his condition deteriorated, and he had to get admitted to a public hospital. He was really ill, and for a time the family thought he wouldn’t make it. Fortunately he recovered after a prolonged hospital stay and finally came home.
You can imagine how hard it might have been for Shiva to focus on studying for his school leaving exams with the tremendous worry of his father’s health.
Asha stood with Shiva, providing groceries for the family regularly, and giving Shiva all the support and mentoring he needed to take his exams. He would study at the Asha Centre, a place that has been lovingly been created by the pupils of Methody.
Shiva scored an amazing 91.2%, much to our delight!
It was impossible for Shiva’s family to fund his university education.
With Asha’s full support, Shiva has secured a place in a Bachelors in Commerce Honours program at the prestigious Kirorimal College of Delhi University.
Thank you Ruth for your loving service of many years to the poor of Kalkaji. I’m sure you are smiling from above.
Hi there folks, here is the list of Asha students who have made it to Delhi University so far! You will see how wonderfully they have scored in their high school exams, and have opted for the courses of their choice, that are varied, from many streams.
The process is on, and will continue for a month longer. The students who have scored lower are anxiously waiting to see if they might get in through the declaration of the next list by the university.
Here are some pictures of the Asha Scholarship Awards given to the admitted students. How excited they are to begin life at university!
Hello folks, as you might know, the Asha Corona Warriors have been working tirelessly with compassion and kindness for the slum communities under Asha’s care ever since the lockdown began. The team is made up of doctors, nurses, paramedics, social workers, volunteers, drivers, maids, admin and finance staff, and the communications team members.
To express our appreciation and gratitude to these wonderful people, we have given certificates to each warrior. Your support and thanks too will mean the world to them! Send the team a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be sure to get it to them.
You can help protect them by raising funds/making donations towards USD 10,000/ GBP 7,700/ AUD 14,000 for much needed protective gear and essential medical equipment. You can create crowdfunding campaigns in different platforms such as GoFundMe, JustGiving Crowdfunding, My cause etc, to reach our goal.
Thank you so much for all you have done, and want to, for standing with our team of Asha Corona Warriors. Your generosity will assist in aiding the Asha team with their work on the field and provide them with safety, encouragement and support to continue working with dedication.
Hi folks, today I have some exciting news. The Delhi University admissions process has begun and the Asha students have begun to get in!
19-year-old Adil of Jeevan Nagar slum community has just found a place in BSc Physics Honors at Delhi University! He had scored 93.4% in high school. His father is a daily wage laborer and he has grown up in extreme poverty. Although he loves to study, his books get wet when it rains, and they are regularly eaten by huge bandicoot rats that make their home in his shanty. He has been greatly inspired by Chandan, who also lives in the same community. Congratulations Adil! Asha will pay for all his expenses, and allow him to concentrate on his education.
Saddam’s father has been working as a daily wage unskilled laborer at construction sites all his life. He has now become frail. Saddam began to do waitering work at weddings and parties from class 10 onwards. He earned Rs 300/-( 4 USD) a day and gave the money to his mother to buy food for the family. Saddam scored 88% in his high school exam. The Asha team and volunteers mentored and inspired him through his journey. He has now been admitted to Delhi University where he will study English and Sociology! Saddam says his life in the slums has been small and he has been greatly limited by his circumstances. He is grateful for Asha’s financial and emotional support, and is ready to begin the next chapter of his life, exploring the world and all it has to offer him. And at the same time absorbing the Asha values to become a man of compassion and integrity.
Anjali’s shanty is on the river bed in East Delhi. It’s made up of hay and bamboo, and each year, when the area gets flooded, her home gets flooded, and her family has to move their belongings to higher ground on the main road.
Anjali’s father is a labourer in the farms close by, and earns barely 70 dollars a month. Anjali scored 81% in her high school exams, and has found a place at Delhi University! She will be reading History and Political Science. Asha has always mentored and supported her, and will continue to do so, including paying for all her university expenses.
Deepanshu from Tigri slum colony scored 84% in his high school exam, and has just been admitted to Delhi University in the Bachelors in Mathematics Honors program! Big congratulations Deepanshu for this rare achievement! He resides in a tiny shanty; his father is unemployed due to the pandemic. He shared how he had only one school uniform, and would wash it every evening for the next day. Chandan’s Mathematical journey will, I’m sure inspire him. May he flourish abundantly and become a man of compassion and integrity as well.
Nisha lives in Tigri slum community as well. Her father is a daily wage labourer and her mother collects scrap and recycles it to somehow make ends meet. Nisha’s grandmother sadly passed away during the lockdown due to the unavailability of medical services. She scored 84% in her high school exams. This girl who has been selling mud lamps by the roadside, will now read English and Political Science at Delhi University!