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Asha welcomes volunteer teams from Northern Ireland

Asha welcomes volunteer teams from Northern Ireland

It is always wonderful to have volunteers who work tirelessly for the betterment of Asha communities. During February 2016, two teams from Northern Ireland volunteered at Asha, bringing remarkable changes in the lives of the slum dwellers.

Early February, a team of 18 members from Ballymena came to Asha. The team was led by Gareth Williams, Chairman, Friends of Asha (Ireland). Like each time, they were engaged in a host of different activities at four different locations from building a home for a slum resident, refurbishing an Asha centre and Polyclinic buildings and spending time with the women and children from the community.

One part of the team built a home for Jamuna, a widow with five children living in Savda Ghevra slum colony. Despite being based at the same place for nearly 10 years, she was still living in a shack. One of her boys is also studying at University. The team had been raising funds to support the project for the past many months, and the work is on its way towards completion.

Jamuna

Jamuna at the entrance of their house (photo from early January 2016)

The team building Jamuna’s house at Savda Ghevra

The team building Jamuna’s house at Savda Ghevra

Another group from the team refurbished our community centre at Dr Ambedkar slum colony. The community centre was in a dilapidated state, and in desperate need of repair. The group also repaired the roof of the Asha Polyclinic that would drip heavily during monsoons.

The Ballymena team refurbishing the Asha community centre at Dr Ambedkar slum colony

The team repairing the roof of Asha

The team repairing the roof of the Asha Polyclinic

Adding on to this, the third group spent two weeks at Peeragarhi slum colony. They taught English to the children through song, dance and lots of creative methods, and spent a lot of time getting to know about the life of the women from the area.

The team preparing for a song and music activity with the children at Peeragarhi slum colony

The team preparing for a song and music activity with the children at Peeragarhi slum colony

Mid-February, Gwen Montgomery and her team from Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church visited Asha. The team of eight volunteered at Zakhira slum colony for almost a week. They conducted many learning through fun activities for the younger children, taught English and Computers to the older ones.

Gwen teaching computers to high school children

Gwen teaching computers to high school children

Jenny from the team narrating a story to the younger children at Zakhira slum colony

Jenny from the team narrating a story to the younger children at Zakhira slum colony

A big thank you, teams for taking out the time for our slum communities, and also to the people who supported their visit. It really means a lot to us!

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