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Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Takeshi Yagi visits Asha

Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Takeshi Yagi visits Asha

27th of August, 2013 was an eventful day for Asha as it got ready to welcome the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Takeshi Yagi and his team from the Embassy of Japan. Mr. Yagi had a free-wheeling session with Dr. Kiran and members of the Asha team where he was given an overview of Asha’s journey over the past 25 years.

HE Takeshi Yagi and his team with Dr. Kiran at the Asha headquartersHE Takeshi Yagi and his team with Dr. Kiran at the Asha headquarters

Mr. Yagi , along with his team members which comprised the First Secretary, Mr. Shinichi Higuchi, Ms. Yoko Konishi (Development Consultant) and Ms. Aditi Sharma (Project Coordinator) visited Dr. Ambedkar slum colony where Dr. Kiran had laid the foundations of Asha. The warm welcome was followed by an interaction with children, college students, members of the Women’s Association and the Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s) from the area.  Mr. Yagi was particularly impressed with the story of Mahesh who is presently pursuing his degree in engineering from the prestigious Delhi Technological University, one of India’s top engineering colleges, with an acceptance rate of just 0.1%. He even visited Mahesh’s residence and was both surprised and awed by the fact that the students are doing so well for themselves despite the mounting odds.

HE Takeshi Yagi with Kanta from Dr. Ambedkar slum colony who has taken a loan to set up her grocery shopHE Takeshi Yagi with Kanta from Dr. Ambedkar slum colony

The next stop for Mr. Yagi was the Mobile Van site (the Japanese Embassy had donated two mobile vans in 2012). A fruitful dialogue followed with Ms. Soni Sharma, Senior Programme Assistant, Asha who is in charge of the Mobile Van areas and the members of the community who were keen to share the stories of their transformation with the Ambassador. The Mobile Vans have been greatly instrumental in bringing the community together where Asha does not have its centres. Apart from providing healthcare facilities, the Mobile Vans serve as meeting spots for Asha’s Children’s and Women’s Associations.

Mr. Yagi interacting with members of the community in Dr. Ambedkar slum colonyMr. Yagi interacting with members of the community in Dr. Ambedkar slum colony

Mr. Yagi congratulated Dr. Kiran and the Asha team for their endeavour. “I am very impressed with how you have been bringing about improvements in your life through your own efforts and with the support of Asha. I am also glad that we have been able to be a part of this journey. I am thankful to you for sharing your stories and experiences with us and hope that there will be more of such opportunities to interact with you”, summed up the Ambassador.

HE Mr. Yagi with members of the Asha Team inside one of the mobile health busesHE Mr. Yagi with members of the Asha Team inside one of the mobile health buses

Visits such as these go a long way in strengthening the relationship that Asha has shared with the Japanese Embassy. We hope to cross many such milestones together with our partners and collaborators.

Please click here to watch HE. Mr Takeshi Yagi speaking about the work of Asha.

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