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9 November, 2016

It was a great honour for Dr. Kiran and three of the Asha graduates to meet The Right Honourable Theresa May, the Prime Minister of UK. They were invited to the hon’ble British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG’s residence where a special reception was held for the hon’ble Prime Minister to mark her maiden visit to India. Read more…

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4 November, 2016

It was an absolute delight to meet the Hon. Irish Ambassador, His Excellency Brian McElduff. Dr. Kiran, volunteer teams from Northern Ireland as well as Asha students were invited for a dinner at the Hon. Ambassador’s residence on November 03, 2016. Read more…

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28 October, 2016

Dr. Kiran and Asha’s volunteer teams from the UK were invited on 27th October for a high tea at the Honourable Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG’s residence, the British High Commissioner to India, New Delhi. It was a delight to meet the Hon’ble High Commissioner and his wife, Lady Louise Asquith. Read more…

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27 October, 2016

Dr Kiran was invited for a dinner at the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi on 26th October, 2016 where the guest of honour was the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable John Key. Read more…

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28 July, 2016

We had the immense pleasure of having the Australian High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu today. Dr Kiran warmly welcomed Her Excellency Ms Sidhu, Simon O’Connor, Political Section and Caitlin Laing, Administrator Direct Aid Programme at the Asha Polyclinic and Diagnostic Centre. Read more…

HE Ms Sidhu & Dr Kiran enters Kanak durga slum colony.

HE Ms Sidhu & Dr Kiran enters Kanak durga slum colony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 June, 2016

Dr. Kiran expressed her gratitude of meeting the Ambassador of Ireland to India HE Brian McElduff – It was a delight to meet with the new Ambassador of Ireland to India HE Brian McElduff this morning. Read more…

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10 June, 2016

It was wonderful for Dr Kiran and Usha to meet with India’s Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Senior Leader in the Modi Government Dr Harshvardhan this morning. Read more…

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09 June, 2016

On the eve of turning 57, I have been reflecting on one of the Asha values that has brought out in my team and communities all that is right, and good, and beautiful. It has multiplied their joy, stimulated them, quickened them, and whirled them into action! Read more…

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07 June, 2016

It was a joy for me to take some of Asha’s toppers in class 12 to meet Mr LK Advani, senior most leader of India’s Ruling Party, the BJP. Read more…

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4 June, 2016

We are glad to inform that the formal launch of Asha Internship Programme for the year 2016 took place on June 3 at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. The event commenced with the Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, Mr Chris Elstoft praising the work of Asha, and sharing about his long standing association with the organisation. Read more…

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31 May, 2016

Dr Kiran was delighted to meet up with the former Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov in Melbourne. He is the Founding Patron of Australian Friends of Asha and has been a wonderful supporter over the years, having held numerous events for Asha at the Government House and has visited Asha many times. Thank you Alex for everything, and we look forward to seeing you soon in Delhi! Read more…

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Dr Kiran was received by Governor of Victoria, the Hon’ble Linda Dessau at Government House in Victoria on May 27, 2016. It was a wonderful meeting with the Governor pledging all support for Asha in the months ahead. Thank you, Hon’ble Linda Dessau for hosting Dr Kiran and showing keen interest in the work of Asha. Read more…

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Dr Kiran met with Asha supporter Jeanne Pratt at her beautiful home ‘Raheen’ in Melbourne. Her son Anthony Pratt, Chair of the renowned Australian Company Visy, generously held a fundraising event for Asha at Raheen on the occasion of his birthday last year. Dr Kiran expressed her gratitude to Ms Pratt with a gift of an Indian shawl on behalf of the Asha family. Thank you Jeanne for your kind hospitality towards Dr Kiran and for your offer of future support. Read more…

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The Asha family expresses its deep gratitude to the Chairman of the board of Australian Friends of Asha Robert Johanson and all the board members who worked tirelessly to make her trip a success. We feel so fortunate to have supporters like you. Read more…

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25 May, 2016

On Wednesday, May 25 Asha Society and Australian Friends of Asha (AFOA) were deeply honoured to attend a reception in Canberra hosted by the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Lady Cosgrove. Dr Kiran spoke about Asha’s work and proudly introduced Asha student Usha, who described how Asha supported her through school, university and journalism school.  Read more…

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20 May, 2016

Dr Kiran had the immense pleasure of meeting with HE Ms Harinder Sidhu, the recently appointed Australian High Commissioner to India this week. Read more…

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22 April, 2016

Dr Kiran invited over 30 Asha Student Ambassadors to her residence for a meeting to formulate an action plan ahead of the college admissions. Also joining them for the meeting was Friends of Asha (GB) coordinator, Phil Leighton. Read more…

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11 March, 2016

Dr Kiran invited the new batch of Asha Student Ambassadors to her residence for a meeting. With almost 30 students from the slums present, Dr Kiran congratulated them for being selected as ambassadors and motivated them to work hard like their senior Ambassador group. Read more…

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27 February, 2016

Dr Kiran and the Asha team welcomed Colin Hayburn and Stephen Campbell from Mc Clay Foundation at the Asha Polyclinic and visited Kanak Durga and Seelampur slum colony. The Foundation has been supporting Asha programmes for the past many years now! Read more…

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19 February, 2016

It was a great joy to have Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, visit us on February 19, 2016. Dr Kiran and the Asha team welcomed him at the Asha Polyclinic and Diagnostic Centre which was followed by a visit to our community centre at Kanak Durga slum colony. Read more…

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11 February, 2016

Macquarie Global Services have kindly donated towards two of the most pressing needs of our healthcare programme – a Fully Automated Biochemistry Analyser and a Colour Doppler machine. Macquarie’s Head of Global Finance Services – India, Mr Sandeep Dhawan and his team inaugurated the machines on February 11 at the Asha Polyclinic. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 February, 2016

Dr Kiran had the honour and pleasure of meeting with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, today. He has been an Asha supporter almost since it was founded. As the Health Minister of Delhi in the ’90’s, he was instrumental in involving Asha in a number of collaborative programmes with the government. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 January, 2016

It was a matter of great joy for the community, Dr Kiran and the entire team as we welcomed Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada at our community based centre in Jeevan Nagar slum colony. Read more…

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29 January, 2016

Dr Kiran met with Mr LK Advani, senior most leader and patriarch of the BJP today, to bring greetings for 2016 and seek his continued support for the work of Asha. Read more…

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18 January, 2016

Dr Kiran met with Shemara Wikramanayake, Chair, Macquarie Group Foundation, and Sandeep Dhawan, Division Director, Head of Global Finance Services – India at their Delhi offices on January 18, 2016. They had an exciting discussion on the wonderful benefits of the partnership between Macquarie Group Foundation and Asha. Read more…

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22 December, 2015

With much happiness we would like to let you know that Dr Kiran had a wonderful trip to Northern Ireland, recently. It was indeed a very fruitful visit, where she met some very inspiring individuals including many old and new Asha supporters. Read more… 

29th October, 2015

Asha hosted East Meets West, an evening of dance and music, to honour volunteers from around the world. The program was an amalgamation of Western and Indian culture. From Dr. Kiran’s performance of Lata Mangeshkar classics, to Irish whistling and Bhangra, the event was full of energy and fun. Read more…

28th October, 2015

We were happy to have a team from Australia visit us. Dr Kiran welcomed Penny Fowler, Chairman of The Herald and Weekly Times, Ross Fitzgerald, Director of Visy Industries, Lisa Sampson also from Visy Industries, and Greg Sheridan, Australian foreign affairs journalist with his wife, Jessie. Read more…

26th October, 2015

Dr Kiran addressed a gathering of over 50 employees at Macquarie. Highlighting the different aspects of Asha’s Model, Dr Kiran thanked Macquarie for their continued support for the past three years. Read more…

13th September, 2015

Dr Kiran invited Asha student ambassadors to her residence for a meeting. With almost 30 students across Asha slums present, Dr Kiran congratulated the ambassadors for the remarkable work they have been doing and motivated them to continue working hard. Read more…

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29th August, 2015

Nearly 200 Asha supporters came together to celebrate Asha Day at Hall Winery in Napa Valley, California. The event was hosted by the Congressman of the District, Mike Thompson and his wife Jan Thompson. This was the 15th successive year of Asha Day, and what a remarkable testament to the loyalty and commitment of the Asha supporters in the region! Read more…

Dr Kiran and her daughter, Prerna with Congressman Mike and Jan Thompson.

August, 2015

A delightful couple Dr Praveen and Dr Nalini Prasad hosted an Asha event at their beautiful home in Sacramento, and invited family and friends to attend. Dr Kiran had the privilege of getting to know them through a dear friend Rohit Patel. Rohit and his wife Mridula have been championing the cause of Asha with so much passion among their family and friends. Read more…

Dr Kiran with Dr Praveen and Dr Nalini at Sacramento

August, 2015

Dr Kiran also addressed a gathering at St John’s Lutheran Church in Napa. She shared the message of justice and compassion for the poor. Thank you, Pastor Mike for your loving and generous spirit.

Dr Kiran with Pas. Mike at St John’s Lutheran Church in Napa

For the Fundraiser at Napa Valley, Lana Stanley and Sandy Jones have worked extremely hard. Dr Kiran appreciated their efforts and the many hours of work they had put in over a long period to plan and organise this event. They were helped in their efforts by Rita Bresee who has also been truly phenomenal. Read more…

Dr Kiran with Lana and Sandy

During Dr Kiran’s recent trip to the US, she met with old and new Asha supporters. She visited the Vintage High School in Napa, where she addressed about 200 high school pupils, encouraging them to dream big, and reach their highest potential.

Dr Kiran with students from the Vintage High School

Later during the day, Dr Kiran addressed a large gathering of Kiwanians at the Kiwanas Club in Napa. The club has been supporting Asha’s work for the past many years.

Dr Kiran with the President of Kiwanis, Ryan Grant

Dr Kiran met with Mr Harjeet Bhangoo, the owner of Aroma Indian Cuisine in Napa Valley. He has been really generous to Asha, and provided catering for the Asha Fundraiser in Napa Valley, free of cost. Kailash Chaudhary, who is hosting the fundraiser and his daughter Rita are active members of the organising committee.

Dr Kiran with Rita, Harjeet and Kailash at Harjeet’s Aroma Indian Cuisine

4th August, 2015

Dr Kiran inaugurated the new Asha centre at Peeragarhi slum colony. The centre is equipped to cater to the needs of the slum residents, primarily focusing on higher education, English and computer literacy, healthcare, financial inclusion and empowerment. Read more…

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1st August, 2015

Asha hosted a students’ meet for all its college students. Dr Kiran congratulated the students on their achievemnts and wished them luck for their future endeavours. It was also an opportunity for new students to meet their seniors and discuss their future plans. Read More…

Dr Kiran with Asha High School Toppers

25th July, 2015

Dr Kiran and the Asha team hosted long time Asha supporter, Macquarie for a visit at the slum centre and the Asha office. Macquarie has been associated with the Asha Internship Programme since its inception in 2012, and has also lent support to so many Asha projects. Read more…

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23rd June, 2015

Dr Kiran and some of Asha’s high school toppers had the wonderful opportunity to meet one of the tallest leaders of the ruling party BJP, Mr LK Advani. Mr Advani was delighted to meet with the students and congratulated them warmly for their exceptional achievements. Read more…

Meeting with Advani in June

21st June, 2015

Dr Kiran spent a day with Asha Student Ambassadors, discussing their achievements as Asha Ambassadors and Internships. The students realized, for the first time, that they were true Heroes! As a mark of love and respect, the students also arranged a small birthday celebration for Dr Kiran. Read more…

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13th June, 2015

Dr Kiran invited this year’s batch of Internship students at her residence for a meeting. More than 40 students were present along with Asha’s Internship Coordinators, Fe Donaghue, Louise Wilson and Anurag Paul. Read more…

Dr Kiran congratulates Internship Students

12th June, 2015

Dr Kiran hosted a farewell dinner at her residence to bid adieu to Asha’s ardent Ambassador Jill Sinclair. Her remarkable contributions to Asha’s work have been immensely significant and noteworthy. Read more…

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14th May, 2015

Dr Kiran inaugurated Asha’s first ever physiotherapy unit at Ekta Vihar slum colony. A wonderful program was organised by the Mahila Mandal (women’s group) members and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Read more…

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9th May, 2015

Asha organised a meeting with the Mahila Mandal (women’s group) members from all Asha communities across Delhi.  In the meeting attended by over 500 women, Dr Kiran encouraged them to support the Asha Student Ambassadors in ensuring maximum enrollment to university this year. Read more…

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3rd May, 2015

Dr Kiran inspired Student Ambassadors to take the responsibility of enrolling more and more students from slum communities to regular college. Read more…

Asha Student Ambassadors Meet

17th April, 2015

The Consulate General of India and the Australian Indian Institute organised a reception in honour of Dr Kiran in Melbourne. Dr Kiran sang some beautiful soulful Lata Mangeshkar Bollywood songs from the ’60’s that were just loved by the audience. She also shared about Asha’s work with the audiences and gave an overview of her wonderful visit to Australia. Read more…

Music Concert at AUS

16th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was invited for lunch by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC and Mrs Chernov. His Excellency the Governor spoke warmly about Dr Kiran’s work and his expressed delight at the support being provided by the Australian Friends of Asha. Read more…

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16th April, 2015

As a part of the Australia visit, Dr Kiran has been on a round meeting eminent people so as to share Asha’s remarkable work. Ms Penny Fowler, Chairman of The Herald and Weekly Times, and Mr Ross Fitzgerald, Director of VISY and Board Member of Asha Australia invited Dr Kiran for a meeting. Ms Fowler and Mr Fitzgerald have been enthusiastic Ambassadors for Asha.

Penny Fowler, Chairman of The Herald and Weekly Times & Ross Fitzgerald Director of VISY & Board member of AFOA

15th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was invited at the Parliament of South Australia in Adelaide. She shared Asha’s innovative model of development with Gill McFadyen, CEO Communites SA, Katrine Hildyard, MP, and Gerry Kandelaars, MLC, SA along with other eminent personalities from the Parliament.

L-R Gill McFadyen CEO of Communites SA, Katrine Hildyard, MP & Gerry Kendelaars MLC of SA

14th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was invited by the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove at the Government House. Sir Cosgrove has been a keen supporter of Asha’s work and has been extremely interested in the development model that is adopted by Asha.

11th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was honoured to be invited to leading Australian businessman Anthony Pratt’s birthday celebration at the iconic Melbourne mansion Raheen. The evening was also a platform for fundraiser for Asha.  The crowd of over 250 people included long standing supporters of Asha, along with the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, Alan Tudge MP, other politicians and DFAT head Peter Varghese. Read more…

Dr Kiran with Mr Anthony Pratt and leading Australian Businesswoman Gina Rinehart

10th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was invited by Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs to Prime Minister, Mr Alan Tudge along with Australia Friends of Asha to discuss the possibilities of replicating Asha’s Model.

Dr Kiran was invited to meet Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs to Prime Minister, Alan Tudge-L and Ross Fitzgerald-R board member of Australian Friends of

8th April, 2015

Dr Kiran was hosted by Bryce Hutchesson, Assistant Secretary, India and Indian Subcontinent Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Tony Huber is the Director of the India Economic Section, and was at the Australian High Commission some years ago, also joined the discussion.

Dr Kiran with Bryce Hutchesson

7th April 2015

Dr Kiran addressed a workshop at the Gender Institute, Australian National University. The primary agenda of the workshop was to share Asha’s innovative development model with the policy makers, academics and postgraduate students. The audiences showed a great deal of interest in the Asha model and appreciated Dr Kiran’s work across Delhi.

Dr Kiran with Kate Wallace and Dr Fiona Jenkins

Dr Kiran was also invited to share Asha’s Innovative Model of Development at a High Level Roundtable Discussion that was organised for her at The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, Australia. Innovative ideas that were transferable were discussed at length. The meeting was chaired by Lisa Rauter, First Assistant Secretary, InnovationXchange.

31st March 2015

Asha organised a Students’ Meet for high school students at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra. Dr Kiran and other members of the Asha Team motivated students to pursue Higher Education and achieve their goals. Read more…

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29th March 2015

Asha’s Celebration of Learning 2015, was an endeavor to felicitate students who have excelled in academics with flying colours. Dr Kiran’s appreciation and encouraging words inspired students to continue performing well and outshine in life. Read more…

Dr Kiran and the Guests of Honour presenting the award to Asha University Topper, Chandan

15th March, 2015

Dr. Kiran spent the day with Asha Student Ambassadors at her residence. Celebrations for students with new jobs and discussing future plans were key highlights of the day. Read more…

Dr. Kiran with Asha Student Ambassadors

6th March, 2015

‘East Meets West’ music concert was organized at St Stephen’s Church in Twickenham, London and Dr. Kiran, Founder and Director of Asha, was the Guest of Honor at the event. Read more…

East Meets West Concert

17th February, 2015

Asha Society and the Australian High Commission jointly hosted a reception in the honour of Hon Alex Chernov, the Governor of Victoria, and his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Chernov at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Speaking on behalf of the entire Asha family, Dr Kiran thanked Governor Chernov for his role in strengthening Asha’s relationship with Australia. Read more…

17th February 2015

Dr Kiran and the Asha Team welcomed the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, Australia and Mrs Elizabeth Chernov to Asha’s Kanak Durga slum colony. He was accompanied by members of the board of Australian Friends of Asha and others from his office, many of whom were visiting Asha for the first time. Read more…

Hon Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria, Australia with Dr Kiran during his visit to Kanak Durga slum colony

4th February, 2015

Dr Kiran had the joy of meeting with Mr Philip Catania, Partner (IT & IP) and Mr Arvind Dixit, Senior Associate from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia at Asha Headquarters. Prior to the meeting, Mr Catania and Mr Dixit visited the Asha community in Mayapuri slum colony to get a first-hand exposure to the work of Asha.

Dr Kiran with Mr Philip Catania, Partner (IT & IP) and Mr Arvind Dixit, Senior Associate from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia at Asha Headquarters

25th January, 2015

Around 19 of the most active and motivated Asha student ambassadors gathered at Dr Kiran’s residence to discuss their dreams, achievements and challenges. As these young people strive to help others in their communities, they are also grappling with their own professional lives and how to break free from the cycle of poverty they were born into. Read more…

Dr Kiran Mentees

20th January, 2015

Dr Kiran and some Asha Student Ambassadors had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Prof. Francis Clooney, Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. The students shared their inspiring stories with him. Read more…

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17th January, 2015

Dr Kiran and Asha Student Ambassador Usha were honoured to meet the Hon’ble Finance Minister of India, Mr Arun Jaitley this morning. Dr Kiran provided him with a glimpse of the work of Asha, particularly the Financial Inclusion and Higher Education programmes. Read more…

Meetin with Arun Jaitley

16th January, 2015

Mr Anil Sharma, MLA – R.K Puram, visited Asha headquarters to meet with Dr Kiran and leaders of women’s groups from Asha communities in South Delhi. Together with the support of the women’s group, Mr Sharma has brought about significant developments in sanitation and hygiene, drinking water facilities, and other basic amenities for slum communities. Read more…

Dr Kiran welcomes Mr Anil Sharma

10th January, 2015

Asha’s 50 Student Ambassadors kick-started the New Year on a high note as they vowed to get innovative in expanding the Higher Education Programme in 2015. In a meeting with Dr Kiran and senior Asha Team members the Ambassadors reflected on their work in 2014 and made plans to expand the programme further this year. Read more…

Huma, from Ekta Vihar talks about her recent employment

8th January, 2015

Dr Kiran and an Asha student Usha met with one of the tallest leaders of the ruling party BJP Mr LK Advani this morning. Dr Kiran and Usha brought him their New Year greetings on behalf of the entire Asha family. Mr Advani has been one of India’s greatest and most highly respected statesmen. Read more…

A Meeting with Mr Lk Advani

18th December, 2014

Dr Kiran invited college students from slum colonies across Delhi to celebrate Christmas at her residence. They talked about a wide range of topics ranging from their day-to-day lives to world events and the values that shape not only our personalities, but also the society at large. Read more…

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7th December, 2014

Dr Kiran invited Asha friends and volunteers from across Delhi to join her for a musical evening at her residence. Guests of honour were the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Bernard Philip, and his wife Genevieve Clune. Read more…

Dr Kiran sings for the gathering

2nd December, 2014

Dr Kiran had the great joy of meeting with Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Director of Australia India Institute at the Asha office. Prof Mattoo is also on the board of Australian Friends of Asha. They discussed how Asha and Australia India Institute could work together to continue to transform the lives of thousands of slum dwellers in India.

Dr Kiran meet with Prof. Amitabh

1st December, 2014

Dr Kiran was honoured to be invited to the office of Indian External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The Minister was full of appreciation for the Asha model and congratulated Dr Kiran on its success. Read more…

Dr Kiran meets with India’s External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj

29th November, 2014

Asha hosted a Students’ Meet for class 12 students and their parents from Asha project areas all over Delhi. The event was an opportunity for students and their parents to hear about the benefits of higher education and the support that Asha provides to pursue university studies. Read more…

Students and Women's association from Seelampur with Dr Kiran

8th November, 2014

Asha supporters in California held the 14th annual Asha Fundraiser at the beautiful Hall Winery in Napa Valley. Organised with a view to spread awareness and raise funds for the work of Asha, the event was attended by Dr Kiran,  long time supporters of Asha along with many new friends. Read more…

Dr Kiran with amazing supporters, Kailash Chaudhary and Rohit Patel

5th November, 2014

Dr Kiran with senior Google employee Danan Sudindranath at the Google HQ in Mountain View, Silicon Valley. She delivered a lecture arranged by Danan to Google Employees on November 5th.

Dr Kiran at Google HQ

29th October, 2014

The Irish Ambassador, HE Feilim McLaughlin hosted a dinner reception to thank and encourage the volunteer teams visiting Asha from Northern Ireland. The evening was attended by Dr Kiran, members of the Asha Team and volunteer teams from Rainey Endowed School from Magherafelt and Wallace High School from Lisburn. Read more…

(L-R) Dr Kiran Martin, Ms Moyra Richardson, Ms Sonya McGuinness, HE Feilim Mclaughlin, Ms Pearl Donnelly and Ms Deborah O'Hare

27th October, 2014

The British High Commissioner, HE Sir James Bevan KCMG, invited Dr Kiran and Asha’s volunteer teams from the United Kingdom for a high tea at his residence. The event was organised to encourage all the teams, for their work with Asha and celebrate the engagement between India and the UK that is brought about by their work. Read more…

Dr Kiran wirh HE James Bevan

20th October, 2014

In an event attended by nearly 500 women and students from all Asha project areas, Dr Kiran congratulated the women’s and children’s associations on their achievements and encouraged them to continue their inspiring work.  “None of this would have been possible if you had not put in your efforts and catalysed that transformational work that has taken place in the slums over the last 26 years,” Dr Kiran remarked. Read more…

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18th October, 2014

Australian High Commission hosted a T-20 cricket match for the Asha’s university students. Organised with a view to foster the relationship between the Australian High Commission and Asha, the match also served as a great opportunity for the students to receive training and play in a professional environment. Read more…

The cricket teams, AHC staff and the Asha team after the match

14th October, 2014

The Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja visited Asha’s Dr Ambedkar slum colony. Warmly welcomed by Dr Kiran and the community, Ms Despoja had a hearty interaction with the members of the children’s association, women’s association and Asha college students.  Read more…

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2nd October, 2014

Dr Kiran had the wonderful opportunity to speak at Microsoft, Seattle. In her lecture at Microsoft, she talked about the work of Asha over the past 26 years and how it has found resonance across the globe. Read more…

16th September, 2014

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. Read more…

Dr Kiran calls on Junior Ministers at the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont

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. Read more…

Dr Kiran meets principal Mrs Deborah O'Hare, Mr Jonathan Craig MLA of Lisburn students and staff of Wallace High School, Lisburn

5th September, 2014

Governor of Victoria, Hon Alex Chernov AC QC hosted a lunch reception in the honour of Dr Kiran at the Government House in Melbourne. Hon Governor very warmly welcomed her and remarked that he was very proud of the engagement between India and Australia that is brought about by the work of Asha. Read more…

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4th September, 2014

Dr Kiran was invited to visit Bendigo Health and Bendigo Bank during her trip to Australia. She was warmly welcomed at Bendigo Bank by its Chairman Mr Robert Johanson. As a part of the visit, they also hosted a lunch reception to honour Dr Kiran. Bendigo Mayor, Cr. Barry Lyons, along with some of the Councillors from the city was also present at the event. Read more…

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2nd September, 2014

Dr Kiran had the immense pleasure of meeting with the Australian Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop at the Australian Parliament. Ms Bishop fondly recalled her visit to Asha last year and paid tribute to the work of the organization expressing admiration for its achievements. Read more…

Dr Kiran presenting the photograph from the students

25th August, 2014

Mr Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK visited Asha’s community based centre at Kanak Durga slum colony. Mr Davey was warmly welcomed by Dr Kiran, the Asha team and members of the Asha community. Read more…

Mr Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK entering Kanak Durga slum colony with Dr Kiran Martin

27th July, 2014

Dr Kiran, our new university entrants and other students from slum communities met with Hon’ble LK Advani, senior leader, BJP Parliamentary Party in Delhi. Mr Advani congratulated our students and gave his blessings to them while they gladly shared their association with Asha. Read more…

LK Advani congratulates new university entrants from Asha slum communities

22nd July, 2014

Deputy High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Jonathan Tow hosted a dinner reception for students from the Asha slum colonies at the Singapore High Commission, New Delhi. Mr Tow gave an overview of Singapore to the gathering and Dr Kiran spoke about the potential of slum students. Read more…

Dr Kiran addressing the gathering

27th June, 2014

Dr Kiran Martin along with other members of the Asha Team met with high school toppers from slum communities. It was an afternoon of great joy and celebration as Dr Kiran and the Asha Team congratulated the students while they excitedly shared their dreams about the future. Read more…

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22nd May, 2014

Asha’s Founder and Director, Dr Kiran Martin hosted a farewell dinner at her residence to thank the Canadian High Commissioner HE Stewart Beck for his contributions towards the work of Asha. Read more…

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19th May, 2014

College students from Asha slum communities accompanied by Dr Kiran Martin met Hon Mr LK Advani, Chairman BJP Parliamentary Party. Dr Kiran was also accompanied by Ms Rani Kumar, Senior Programme Assistant, Asha Society. The students were full of excitement as they shared stories of their journey with Asha. Read more…

College students from Asha slum communities meets LK Advani

7th May, 2014

Australian High Commissioner HE Patrick Suckling and Dr Kiran Martin jointly hosted an evening on 7th May 2014 to pay tribute to India’s Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram for his longstanding support to Asha. Read more…

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1st May, 2014

Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Mr Bernard Philip and Dr Kiran Martin, co-hosted an evening reception at Bernard’s residence on 1st May 2014. The event was organised to introduce new friends to Asha’s wonderful work and initiate a Friends of Asha group in Delhi. Read more…

Friends of Asha (Delhi) first meet

22nd April, 2014

Dr Kiran Martin hosted an Easter lunch for a few Asha students at her residence. It was the first time for some of the students to be celebrating Easter. Dr Kiran had a lovely time interacting with them, hearing their stories and experiences. It was an afternoon full of fun, food and spending some quality time with the students, sharing their experiences. Read more…

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7th March, 2014

Dr. Kiran Martin and college students from Asha communities met with India’s Finance Minister, Hon’ble P Chidambaram. The students were glad to be invited to the Hon’ble minister’s office and were full of excitement as they shared their experience of their journey with Asha. Read more…

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25th February, 2014

Dr Kiran and the Asha team had the honour and pleasure of welcoming the Canadian First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs Sharon Johnston to Dr Ambedkar slum colony. She was accompanied by Ms Brenda Beck, wife of Canadian High Commissioner HE Stewart Beck, and other members of her team. Read more…

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24th February, 2014

Dr Kiran Martin delivered a lecture on ‘Eradication of Poverty, Illiteracy and Disease in Urban Areas (SLUMS)’ in a programme organized by Foundation for Peace, Harmony and Good Governance (FGG) at India Habitat Centre, on 24th February 2014. The programme was hosted by Mr. D.R. Kaarthikeyan, President of Foundation for Peace, Harmony and Good Governance and Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation. Read more…

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5th February, 2014

Acting High Commissioner of New Zealand, HE Michael Appleton visited Asha’s community centre in Jeevan Nagar slum colony, where he had an interactive exchange with Dr Kiran and Asha’s women’s and college students from Asha communities. Read more…

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25th January 2014

Dr. Kiran and students from Asha communities met with Mr LK Advani, Chairman, BJP Parliamentary Party at the Hon’ble leader’s office in Delhi. The students spent a long time speaking to Mr Advani and narrated stories of their higher education journey and the changes it has brought in their life and community. Read more…

LK Advani with college students

28th January 2014

India’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Hon Mr Kapil Sibal met with first year college students from Asha communities. Mr Sibal spent a lot of time asking the students about their first year in college and was happy to note the progress they have made. Read more…

College students with Sibal

16th November, 2013

Dr. Kiran and Freddy Martin were welcomed to the Borough by the Mayoress, Audrey Wales MBE, at a reception with local dignitaries including Steven Montgomery, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim as a part of Asha’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations by Friends of Asha (Ireland). Read more…

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28th October, 2013

The evening marked the fifth year of the ‘Celebration of Learning’, an event to celebrate the remarkable achievements of nearly 1,000 students from Asha’s slum communities who have been accepted to university. The evening was graced by the presence of Honourable Minister for Finance, Government of India, Shri. P. Chidambaram as the Chief Guest. Read more…

25th October, 2013

British High Commission celebrated the achievements of nearly 1,000 students from the slums of Delhi who have secured admission to university through Asha’s Higher Education Programme initiated in 2008. Read more…

7th September 2013

Dr Kiran had a wonderful time at the Asha Day organized by Asha supporters in Napa Valley to celebrate Asha’s 25th Anniversary. The 13th annual Napa Valley ASHA Day Fundraiser was a big success thanks to the help and support of Rep. Mike Thompson and his wife, Janet Thompson, Rohit Patel, Kailash and Gisela Chaudhary, and the numerous donors and volunteers who participated. The event was graciously hosted by Craig and Kathryn Hall at the beautiful Hall Winery in St. Helena. Read more…

(Right) Mr. Kailash Chaudhary; Congressman Mike and Mrs. Janet Thompson; Dr. Kiran and Mrs. and Mr. Rohit Patel at Hall Winery during the event

27th of August, 2013

Asha welcomed 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. Read more…

HE Takishi Yagi Japanese High Commissioner visit Dr Ambedkar slum

20th July, 2013

Friends and well-wishers gathered at the Residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Mrs Jan and Mr. David Henderson to intermingle amidst some music and dance. The evening began with HE Jan Henderson welcoming her guest. Dr. Kiran then mesmerized the audience with her ghazal (Urdu love poems set to music) recital along with Guru Vinod Kumar Ji, Principal of the Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya. Read more…

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6th July, 2013

It was an evening of celebration of talent for the children of Delhi slums as more than fifty students took to the stage at Shri Sathya Sai Auditorium to perform before a packed audience including Mr. Salman Khurshid, Honourable Minister for External Affairs, Government of India as Chief Guest. Joining as Guests of Honour for the evening were Mr. Suresh Goel, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Mr. Kajal Ghose, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India. Read more…

Hon'ble Minister for External Affairs and Dr Kiran Martin along with others

6th July, 2013

Noted politician and Member of Parliament (MP), Ajay Maken visited the Ekta Vihar slum colony for the inauguration of the new sewer line.  He also took the time out to visit the Asha headquarters and spend time with Dr. Kiran Martin to gain an understanding of Asha’s work over the years. Read more…

Ajay Maken Member of Parliament visits Ekta Vihar slum

2nd May 2013

Member of New Zealand Parliament, Mr Todd McClay was warmly welcomed by Dr Kiran Martin, founder and director of Asha, the slum residents and Asha Team at Asha’s community centre in Kanak Durga slum colony. Read more…

Mr Todd McClay New Zealand MP with Dr Kiran and students

2nd May 2013

The Irish Ambassador HE Mr. Feilim McLaughlin accompanied by Ms Katie Morrisroe from the High Commissioner visited Asha’s community centre in Jeewan Nagar slum colony. He was welcomed with great joy and enthusiasm by Dr. Kiran Martin, Asha’s founder and director; college going students from Jeewan Nagar slum colony. Read More…

1st May 2013

Canadian High Commissioner, HE Mr. Stewart Beck and his wife, Ms. Brenda Beck visited the Asha’s community centre in Dr. Ambedkar slum colony. They were welcomed with much cheer and joy by Dr. Kiran Martin, the slum residents and the Asha team. Read More…

HE Stewart Beck, Canadian High Commissioner with his wife, with Dr Martin at one of the university student's house at Dr Ambedkar slum

19th April 2013

Asha organised the first ever Asha Higher Education Programme: Students’ Meet for college students who are a part of Asha’s Higher Education Programme.  The Students’ Meet, attended by nearly 300 students from various Asha slums, was presided over by Asha’s founder and director, Dr. Kiran Martin. Read more…

Students welcome Dr. Kiran to the event

16th April 2013

Asha welcomed the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Bernard Philip to  the Asha community center in Dr. Ambedkar slum colony. He was accompanied by Ms. Alexas Mcleod, Member of Committee, Direct Aid Programme, Ms. Caitlin Bell, Second Secretary (Political), Australian High Commission and Ms. Genevieve Clune. Read more…


9th Feb 2013

We had the privilege of welsoming Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC as our chief guest for 25 Years of Transformation: A Thank You. Other exteemed guests joining us for the evening included HE Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner, HE Takeshi Yagi, Japanese Ambassador, and HE Feilim McLaughlin, Irish Ambassador.
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8th Feb 2013

Dr. Kiran Martrin and the Asha team had  the privilege of welcoming Shri L.K. Advani, Chairman of the BJP Parliamentary Party, and HE Jan Henderson, New Zealand High Commissioner, at a cultural evening to celebrate 25 years of Asha during Asha’s anniversary week.

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6th Feb 2013

HE Sir James Bevan, British High Commissioner, attended the launch of A Journey of Hope as our chief guests. Other honoured guests for the evening included Hon’ble Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria and HE Jan Henderson, New Zealand High Commissioner.  During the event, HE Sir Bevan presented Dr. Martin with a memento of appreciation for 25 years of her work in slums of Delhi.

 

5th Feb 2013

At the opening event of Asha’s week of anniversary celebrations, a diverse audience of supporters, community members, and other guests from near and far filled the Stein Auditorium of the India Habitat Centre to celebrate 25 years of Asha. We were honoured to welcome India’s Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram as the chief guest for the evening and Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, Australia as our Presiding Guest.
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5th Feb 2013

Hon Alex Chernov. Governor of Victoria, Australia presented a memento of appreciation to Founder and Director Dr. Kiran Martin for her visionary leadership over the past 25 years during the inaugural event of Asha’s 25th Anniversary Celebration week.

16th October, 2012

It was an exciting day as Dr Martin and the other members of Asha had the pleasure of welcoming Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP visited the Asha community centre in Jeevan Nagar slum colony. She was accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner to India, HE Peter Varghese. Her visit was primarily focused on interacting with slum students to hear more about two major trailblazing programmes initiated by Asha; the Asha Internship Programme and the Asha Higher Education Programme.
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17th July, 2012

During an event to celebrate the acceptance of class 12 students from Asha slums to Delhi University this year, Dr Martin warmly congratulated them and expressed her deepest joy at their success. She reminded them to always be grateful and appreciative for all they have accomplished, all the people who have helped them along the way and for all the good in their lives in general. She also congratulated each student individually and inquired if they were facing any other problems.
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26th June, 2012

The Asha Internship Programme was formally launched on Tuesday, 26 June. The event, hosted by the New Zealand High Commission was attended by HE Peter Varghese, Australian High Commissioner and HE Jan Henderson, New Zealand High Commissioner and other 10 organisations which will be hosting our interns. This was the first exposure that many of the companies had had to Asha. Dr Martin gave them a brief synopsis of the organization and its work and also spoke about the importance of Asha’s value of compassion in achieving partnership with the urban slum communities
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23rd June, 2012

It was an exciting day as two mobile health vans were inaugurated in Peera Garhi slum area. 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.  At the event, Dr Martin spoke about Asha’s commitment to increasing its work among the people of Peera Garhi and thanked the Embassy of Japan for its ongoing support for Asha’s medical programme across the slums of Delhi.
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14th June, 2012

The Asha Mentorship Programme held an important event at the Henry Lawson Centre at the Australian High Commisson. The session, hosted by the High Commission, was entitled ‘Discussion Panel: Tips from Human Resource Insiders.’ The event was introduced by Australian Deputy High Commission Dr Lachlan Strachan and Dr Martin welcomed the panelists who were Human Resource professionals from different organizations and gave a brief overview about the programme.

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31st March, 2012

It was an exciting day for Asha on Saturday March 31st, when Dr Kiran Martin formally launched the Asha Mentorship Programme, the first large scale organised effort to link students from slums with professionals. This is a pioneering initiative of matching a college student from the slums with a professional in Delhi to provide advice, guidance and leadership as that student prepares to go forward on their academic and career journey. At the event Dr Martin welcomed all the participants and gave an overview of the Asha programme that put in context how the organization was able to reach this point where we can join children from the slums with such accomplished professionals to such productive ends.
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27th February, 2012

Dr Martin accompanied by with seven Class 12 and College children from Asha slum met with India’s Home Minister Hon Mr P Chidambaram. The Home Minister gave the children his blessing for their upcoming exams and for all they wish to accomplish in life and encouraged them to study hard and not give up on their academic aspiration. Mr Chidambaram has always taken a keen interest in their development and has never missed an opportunity to be a presence in the lives of these kids.
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Students with P Chidambaram Feb 2012

24th February, 2012

Dr Martin has been meeting with many of the high school and college students in the past few months. In extensive one-to-one and group sessions, she has spoken to all the children about the difficulties they are facing at home and in their studies in order that Asha may be able to help them through our Higher education Programme. The students told her of their problems in studying because of noise and privacy issues and the severe financial difficulties they face in getting to their college because of their extreme poverty. But they also shared their ambitions and incredible spirit.

Dr Martin Counselling students 2012

21st October

Dr Martin met with the Hon Quentin Bryce AC CVO, the Australian Governor General in Canberra, who warmly welcomed her to Australia. Dr Martin shared she shared with the Governor General about Asha’s work and the transformation taking place in Delhi’s slums.

19th October

Dr Martin was the guest speaker at the Eucharist at the Opening of the Second Session of the 50th Synod, for the Diocese of Melbourne Anglican Church of Australia, attended by over 800 members. She was interviewed about Asha’s work and her own spiritual journey by the Right Revd Philip Huggins, Bishop of the Northern and Western Region of the Anglican Dioceses of Melbourne.

Click here to read a reflection on the occasion on the Melboure Anglican Diocese website

17th October

Dr Martin spoke at a number of well known schools while in Australia. Among these were St Michael’s Grammar School, Lowther Hall Girls Grammar School, and Geelong Grammar school. During these visits, she addressed students and staff about the work Asha is doing among the urban poor in Delhi and encouraged them to get involved in supporting the poor as well.

15th October

In Melbourne, Dr Martin was honoured at a lunch held for her by Hon Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria at Parliament House. In attendance were distinguished guests from government, social service and academia, many of whom have association to Asha’s work.

13th October

While in Australia, Dr Martin was a keynote speaker at a seminar entitled ‘Inclusive Development: What is it, and why does it matter?’ at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. She was interviewed on the particular role women have played in transforming slum communities. The occasion also marked publication of  an in-depth research study on the Asha urban community developement model by The Nossal Institute and Australia India Institute  called “Asha: Hope and Transformation in the Slums of Delhi”.
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Click here to read Asha:  Hope and Transformation in the Slums of Delhi

11th October

During her recent visit to Australia, Dr Martin gave a seminar at the Brotherhood of St. Laurence. The lecture entitled, Inclusive cities: Transforming the Lives of Delhi’s Urban Poor, talked about the condition of the slum dwellers in Delhi and how Asha has been working to improve their lives.
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