Dr Kiran in Northern Ireland
Dr Kiran and Freddy Martin are currently visiting Northern Ireland. Together with Friends of Asha coordinators, Gordon and Daphne Wright, they are having back to back meetings with many old and new Asha supporters. As they continue to spread the word of Asha in Northern Ireland, we would love to share a few snapshots from their exciting trip.
Dr Kiran with the board members of McClay Foundation in Craigavon after her presentation. Thank you McClay for this wonderful partnership and for hosting Dr Kiran.
Dr Kiran with Ronnie McKee, CEO of TBF Thompson Trust in Garvagh. The trust has been supporting Asha for the past many years, and has taken great interest in Asha’s Higher Education Programme. Thank you Mr McKee for hosting Dr Kiran, and for spending time with her.
Asha Evening at Kirkpatrick Memorial Church, Belfast. The evening was organized by David and Gwen Montgomery, and attended by a number of key Asha supporters.
Ruth McKibbin, a longstanding Asha supporter and teacher at Methodist College, Belfast, speaks about her experiences with Asha. Seen here being interviewed by Gwen Montgomery.
Dr Kiran being interviewed by David Montgomery. There was a great deal of enthusiasm in the audience as they heard her speak of Asha’s beginnings, achievements, values, and future plans.
Dr Gwyneth Easson and Mr Easson with Dr Kiran. They held a coffee morning at their home to support their son Jack in his fundraising efforts for his upcoming trip to Asha as a member of the team from Wallace High School.
Dr Kiran with Principal of Methodist College, Belfast, Mr Scott Nai Smith and Ms Ruth McKibbin, longstanding Asha supporter and teacher at the school. She has been leading teams of pupils from the school to Asha for the past 14 years. This is one of the best known schools in Northern Ireland, and the partnership between Asha and the school has seen many hundred pupils volunteer at Asha through the years.
We are delighted that a team will be coming out to Asha in February 2015. Seen in this photo is Dr Kiran with teachers and pupils of the team. Welcome once again, Methody, and all the best for your preparations.
Dr Kiran with Hazel and Noel Henderson. They are wonderful Asha Ambassadors, and are constantly organizing all sorts of events for Asha. Dr Kiran and Freddy are staying with them in their lovely home in Holywood. Thank you so Much Hazel and Noel, for such generous hospitality. We shall always remember your kindness.
A scene from “Murder on the Titanic” a murder mystery evening organised by Holywood Parish Players to raise funds for Asha.
Guests enjoying the murder mystery evening organised by Holywood Parish Players.
Dr Kiran being received by a team of 25 volunteers from Ballymena led by Gareth Williams. Seen here doing a team briefing in advance of their arrival at Asha on October 6th, 2014. Dr Kiran addressed the gathering, and warmly welcomed them to Asha, wishing them a safe journey. They will be working at Anna Nagar, Savda and Mayapuri.
Dr Kiran with the Dean of Belfast Cathedral, Very Rev. John Mann. He kindly donated to Asha from the proceeds of the Black Santa Appeal last Christmas. He was pleased to hear of the work of Asha, and took Dr Kiran and the Asha support group for a tour of the beautiful cathedral.
(L-R) Gordon Wright, Freddy Martin, Dr Kiran, Very Rev. John Mann, Daphne Wright, Dr Barbara Callender (Retired GP), Dr Michael Callender (First Hepatologist in Northern Ireland, now retired) at Belfast Cathedral.
Dr Kiran with Rev Roger Elks, the Vicar of Holywood Parish, Northern Ireland. Thank you Roger, for being such a wonderful Asha supporter, and for encouraging your parish members as they continue to support Asha in so many ways.
Dr Kiran with the Principal of Ballymena Academy Mr Stephen Black. Asha and the Academy have been partners for a number of years, with teams coming out to volunteer in our slums. Thank you Ballymena Academy for being such wonderful supporters and friends.
Dr Kiran with the Principal and staff of Ballymena Academy. (L-R) Toni Bassett (Team Leader), Mr Stephen Black (Head of the School), Dr Kiran, John Donnelly (Teacher and team member), Catherine Donnelly (Teacher and Team Member), Gordon Wright (Chief Co-ordinator of Friends of Asha Ireland)
Mita Preston presented Dr Kiran with a gift from the Women’s Outreach Group at Whitehead.
George and Mita with Dr Kiran. Thank you both for all that you have done for Asha over the past 13 years.
Dr Kiran spoke at First Antrim Presbyterian Church about the transformational work of Asha in the slums of Delhi. (L-R) Rev Bill Parker, Mrs Parker, Dr Kiran Martin, Asst. Minister, Phillip McClelland and Freddy Martin.
Dr Kiran with Mr Angus Cuthbert and his family. Angus has been a long term faithful Asha supporter and was instrumental in raising funds for the ongoing repair and refurbishment work at Asha’s community centre in Ekta Vihar slum colony.
Dr Kiran met Mr Jonathan Craig, MLA of Lisburn and Principal, Mrs Deborah O’Hare along with students and staff of Wallace High School, Lisburn. The staff and pupils from the school have been working very hard to raise funds for Asha programmes for the last many months and will be visiting Asha for the first time in a few weeks.
Dr Kiran spoke at Hill Street Presbyterian Church, Lurgan about the work of Asha. (L-R) Gordon Wright, Edna, Dr Kiran and Rev Nigel McCullough.
Dr Kiran addressing the student assembly of Royal Armagh School in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Royal Armagh, one of the oldest existing schools in Northern Ireland, has decided to partner with Asha, and will be bringing a group of pupils out to Asha in October 2015.
Headmaster of Royal Armagh School Mr Paul Crute, Asha Ambassador Pearl Donnelly, Dr Kiran, English teacher Lynn Montgomery, Mathematics teacher Simon Cardwell, Chief Co-ordinator of Friends of Asha Ireland Gordon Wright.
Dr Kiran had the privilege to call on Junior Ministers at the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont. This visit was made to explore the possibility of bringing teams of young people from Northern Ireland to Asha as part of the Assembly Initiative titled ‘Together: Building a United Community.’ (L-R) Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, Dr Kiran, and Junior Minister McCann at Stormont Assembly, Northern Ireland
Gordon Wright, Dr Kiran and retired school principal and broadcaster Michelle Marken outside the Stormont Buildings