Category Archives: Event

Australian Prime Minister Supports Asha’s Internship Programme

On Tuesday, 16th October, Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP congratulated Asha at the launch of its Internship Programme during her visit to Asha’s community health center in Jeewan Nagar. The event was attended by the participants of the Internship programme along with representatives from some of the employers participating in the programme.…
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Asha welcomes Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Julie Bishop MP

It was a morning filled with much excitement and flurry of preparations as the Asha team and community in Dr. Ambedkar slum colony got ready to welcome the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Julie Bishop MP on Monday, 18th November 2013. She was accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr. Patrick Suckling and…
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Launch of Australian Friends of Asha Slums

December, 2012: After many years of generous support from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, it was a great delight for Dr Kiran Martin to visit Government House in Melbourne, Australia, as an honoured guest at the launch of the registered charity, Australian Friends of Asha Slums. This high profile event was hosted by…
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Deputy High Commissioner of Australia Mr Bernard Philip hosts the first meeting of Friends of Asha (Delhi)

  • Akhlaq student from Chanderpuri slum colony addressing the gathering
  • Deputy High Commissioner Bernard Philip welcoming the Friends of Asha (Delhi) group
  • Dr Kiran speaking about the Friends of Asha
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  • Mr Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister addressing the gathering
  • Ms Sonya McGuinness, CSM of International Rice Research Institute speaking
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Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Mr Bernard Philip and Dr Kiran Martin, Founder and Director, Asha Society co-hosted an evening reception at Bernard’s residence on Thursday, 1st May 2014 at 6:30 pm. The event was organised to introduce new friends to Asha’s wonderful work and initiate a Friends of Asha group in Delhi.
The event began with Bernard welcoming the guests and he spoke about the support that Australia is extending to Asha for its various programmes. “Internationally, there are multiple Friends of Asha– in the US, Great Britain, Ireland and the most recent in Australia. But despite the incredible support in Delhi, we are yet to bring supporters together. We hope, though, that by bringing friends together we can raise efforts to support Delhi’s slum dwellers to a whole new level.” he added.
Dr Kiran gave a brief outline of Asha’s history and key achievements and spoke about the Friends of Asha in other countries and the kind of activities they perform. She was pleased to see the keen interest among the guests in becoming a part of Friends of Asha (Delhi) chapter. Mr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India talked about his own journey and encouraged the students to never give up and to strive towards their goals despite all the challenges. Mr Sandeep Dhawan, Division Director, Macquarie Group, Ms Genevieve Clune, wife of Mr Bernard Philip, Mr Jim Nickel, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada and Ms Sonya McGuinness, Corporate Services Manager, International Rice Research Institute were the other speakers at the event.
Asha Student Ambassadors, Babita and Akhlaq narrated their tales of struggle, hope and success during their journey with Asha. Friends of Asha (Delhi) will be formally launched on May 7th at an event held by the Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Patrick Suckling. The launch will take place in the presence of Hon’ble Finance Minister of India, Mr P Chidambaram. Bernard himself has agreed to chair this group, and we plan to take the activities of Friends of Asha (Delhi) forward in the next few months under his leadership.