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Ballymena Academy volunteers with Asha for the fifth year

Ballymena Academy volunteers with Asha for the fifth year

We are very grateful at Asha, for the incredible contributions Ballymena Academy, Northern Ireland has dedicated toward Tigri slum colony.

This was the fifth team from Ballymena Academy to volunteer with Asha. This group of thirteen students, ages sixteen through eighteen, prepared and fundraised for their trip for over a year. During their ten-day stay, the team spent hours with the children in Tigri playing, painting murals and teaching.

The Ballymena group with Dr. Kiran at the Asha Headquarters in Delhi

The Ballymena group with Dr. Kiran at the Asha Headquarters in Delhi

The skills the students from Ballymena taught, including English, arts, and job & interview skills, undoubtedly will serve the children well. The confidence the team instilled in the children, will go even further.

Here are a few excerpts from the team’s blog telling you more about their time here:

“The team felt privileged to witness the incredible impact Asha has had on numerable slum dwellers…”

“The country is amazing and filled with so many amazing sights and people. The selflessness and happiness of the children of Tigri has made us all realise how much we take for granted.”

Playing cricket and having fun with the Tigri boys

Playing cricket and having fun with the Tigri boys

“The sights here in Delhi have truly opened my eyes and shown me that happiness is not from materialism, but through caring for each other and being content with our lives- the children are such an inspiration to us all”

Brightening up the Tigri Asha Center with murals

Brightening up the Tigri Asha Center with murals

“It was so humbling to hear that [the children are] basing their careers on helping others, such as teaching slum children or becoming doctors”

Playing with Tigri center children

Playing with Tigri center children

The team also took part in the East meets West music concert and delivered some extremely beautiful performances showcasing their culture.

We look forward to welcoming more groups of Ballymena students in the years to come.

To see photographs from the concert East meets West Click here

Click the links below to watch some of the beautiful performances from Ballymena team:

Irish Whistles

A Cappella by Ballymena Academy Team

Group Dance by students of Ballymena Academy

Mr John Donnelly teacher from Ballymena Academy speaks at the concert

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