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A Tribute to Mr P Chidambaram, for his longstanding support for Asha Communities

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  • Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Patrick Suckling delivering the welcome address
  • Dr Kiran announces the launch of Friends of Asha Delhi
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  • Mr Chidambaram encouraging the students

On 7 May, the Australian High Commissioner HE Patrick Suckling kindly hosted an evening to pay tribute to India’s Finance Minister, the Hon’ble Shri P. Chidambaram and his longstanding support of Asha communities. The event was attended by many Asha supporters including representatives from major banks and companies providing internships to Asha students. Also attending the event were the Former Union Minister Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, the US Ambassador HE Nancy Powell, the Canadian High Commissioner HE Stewart Beck and the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Grahame Morton.
Asha’s Founder and Director Dr Kiran Martin thanked Mr Chidambaram for opening the door of state owned banks to slum dwellers, allowing them to open bank accounts and access loans. This unleashed a whole new era of economic opportunity for the urban poor in Delhi. “This evening pays tribute to what one man can do, how much of a difference he can make. I often think how much we could achieve if only there were more people like him and indeed, his influence and example has brought many more new supporters.” she added
She also underscored the value of Mr Chidambaram’s personal encouragement to students in Asha’s Higher Education Programme and the many private sector firms he had attracted to help students gain internships. Mr Chidambaram further encouraged students by presenting 17 bright students with awards for outstanding achievement in Class 12, at college, upon graduation and during internships.
“I am truly proud of my association with Asha. What these children need is an opportunity and Asha is providing them opportunity so that they can excel in this unequal society, these are the children who have broken through the walls that kept them virtually imprisoned. These are the children who have broken free, their children will be equal to any child anywhere in the world.” said Mr Chidambaram.
Reflecting on the amazing support provided by Friends of Asha groups in the UK, US, Ireland and Australia, Dr Kiran proudly announced the formation of the Friends of Asha Delhi, to be chaired by Mr Bernard Philip, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to India. The expansion of Asha’s support did not end there. Dr Kiran also announced six new organizations that will host students in the Asha Internship Programme in 2014 – the British High Commission, the International Rice Research Institute, the Lodhi Hotel, VFS Global, Gulati Imaging and Bohra’s NeuroPsychiatric Centre.

Australian Businessmen-Harish Rao visits Asha slum with his team

On Saturday, 6th October a group of 11 people led by Mr. Harish Rao, Head - Asia Pacific, Sundaram Business Services visited Asha. Mr. Rao takes a keen interest in Asha’s work and thus invited the group to visit one of the Asha slums while they were in the country. They visited, Dr Ambedkar Basti…
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Dr Kiran completes successful trip to Australia

2011: It was wonderful for Dr Martin to be able to spend time in Australia last month. It was a very fruitful visit and she met some very inspiring individuals and many new Asha supporters.

Luncheaon hosted by Governor Alex Chernov (12)

Hon Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Chernov hosted a luncheon at Government House, Melbourne in honour of Dr Kiran Martin.

Luncheaon hosted by Governor Alex Chernov (12)

Dr Martin with the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and the Right Revd Philip Huggins, Bishop of the Northern and Western Region of the Anglican Dioceses of Melbourne. Dr Martin was the guest speaker at the Eucharist at the Opening of the Second Session of the 50th Synod, for the Diocese of Melbourne Anglican Church of Australia.

Release of Asha Monograph (3)

(L-R) Ms Prarthna Dayal, Prof Graham Brown, Dr Kiran Martin, Dr Peter Deutschmann and Dr Martha Morrow on the occasion of the publication of ‘Asha: Hope and Transformation in the Slums of Delhi’, a detailed research study about Asha’s model and methods in urban community development, a project undertaken with the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne and Australia India Institute.

We would like to thank the Australian Community for their warmth and hospitality during this visit. In particular we would like to thank the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne University and the Australian High Commission in Delhi for all the efforts they made in organising this trip.

Team from Monash University visits Jeevan Nagar slum colony

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A team led by Erin Lynn from Monash University, Australia visited Asha during the month of February. The 8-member team comprising postgraduate students and faculty from the university spent a week working at Asha’s slum based centre in Jeewan Nagar slum colony.
The team painted the children’s resource centre in Jeevan Nagar with vibrant murals. The children in Jeevan Nagar simply loved the new look of the centre. The team also got engaged in a lot of value based discussions with young students which was enjoyed by all.
During their week-long stint at Jeevan Nagar, the team members were able to build a healthy rapport with the women and children from the community. As the women narrated their journey with Asha, the team members were delighted to observe the changes taking place in the lives of the community as a result of Asha’s interventions. It was an immensely enriching experience for the community as well, as they got to learn about the culture, lifestyle and history of Australia.
It was the first time that Asha hosted a visit from the Monash University and would like to thank the team for taking out the time to visit the community. We look forward to many more such visits in days to come.