Asha students from various slums gain admission to the prestigious Delhi University

Dr Kiran: 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!

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