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Inaugaration of Mobile Health Vans in Peera Garhi slum colony

It was a momentous day for the people of Peera Garhi on Saturday June 23rd as two mobile health vans were inaugurated in the slum area. The residents of Peera Garhi have long faced a healthcare service crisis. These vans, donated by the Embassy of Japan and outfitted by Asha with the latest up-to-date medical equipment, will give healthcare access to the urban poor of Peera Garhi and surrounding slum areas. This occasion was celebrated in a joyous fashion in the heart of the slum community itself.

One of the new Mobile Health Vans

One of the new Mobile Health Vans

Honoured Guests at the ceremony were Mr. K.R. Kamath, CMD, Punjab National Bank and Mr Takeshi Osuga, Minister (Political), Embassy of Japan. Together they inaugurated the two mobile health vans and saw the extensive healthcare facilities within each vehicle that will allow healthcare to be provided to the residents of Peera Garhi.

Mr Takeshi Osuga, Minister (Political),  Embassy of Japan, inaugurating one of the Vans

Mr Takeshi Osuga, Minister (Political),
Embassy of Japan, inaugurating one of the Vans

At the event, Dr Martin spoke about Asha’s commitment to increasing its work among the people of Peera Garhi. Already Asha has been facilitating children to get to college and university through our Higher Education Programme. Likewise, we are helping many residents access bank loans that will improve their incomes and life circumstances. Dr Martin praised the partners who had helped make these improvements possible, including Punjab National Bank and she thanked the Embassy of Japan for its ongoing support for Asha’s medical programme across the slums of Delhi. Mr Osuga expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Embassy, saying ‘the Japanese people are with you, just as you were with us when we had had the Tsunami.’

Loan certificates being distributed to Peera Garhi Residents

Loan certificates being distributed to Peera Garhi Residents

The celebration was also marked by the distribution of bank loans to residents of Peera Garhi and certificates of merit to students from the area who had succeeded at higher education. Mr. Kamath, in his address, expressed his happiness that banks like Punjab National Bank are able to offer a future to individuals in the slum through the provision of financial services.

The Peera Garhi residents at the event

The Peera Garhi residents at the event

The event was marked by the sense of pride and expectation of the residents of Peera Garhi who were present. They feel that the time of transformation for their slum area is near and Asha looks forward to partnering with the local people to make the changes in their lives possible.

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