Dr Kathy Jenkins, a pediatric cardiologist from Harvard Medical School and Raina Cohen, an undergraduate from Harvard, paid a visit to Asha. After a brief orientation at the Head Office and viewing the photo exhibition, the visitors were taken to the Kalkaji centre.
They were warmly greeted by the Asha team led by the Supervisor and Senior Nurse Practitioner. They first saw the Healthcare services provided to the community residents. They keenly observed the different patient cards and were highly impressed by the services provided to the vulnerable and needy with utmost care and compassion. They were also briefed about Asha’s Emergency Covid Response Programme and how it saved thousands of lives during the multiple waves of the pandemic, along with providing socio-economic and mental health support. The empowered ladies of Asha’s Mahila Mandal (Ladies Group) narrated their life stories on how they changed their destinies with Asha’s support and became a partner in progress in community welfare and development programmes. This was followed by a lively QA session with the ladies and the visitors.
Dr Kathy and Raina then visited the IT Lab, which has become a lifeline for the Asha students in these challenging times and also visited the Library and Resource Centre with rich collection of books, magazines and study materials which plays a crucial role in inculcating reading habits amongst the children in the community and enhancing their knowledge. The final leg of the visit was the interaction with the brilliant Asha students, who articulated their powerful stories of transformation and change through Education. We would like to thank Dr Kathy and Raina for their visit and spending time with the Asha family.