Mahila Mandals to spread awareness about Asha Higher Education Programme
“We should never stop our children from moving ahead in life as Dr Kiran’s presence will surely make things possible for their welfare,” shared Raj Kumari, a proud mother of Asha’s first MBA student Divaker, and an active Mahila Mandal member from Kanak Durga slum colony.
On 9th May, 2015 Asha organised a meeting with the Mahila Mandal (Women’s Group) members. Over 500 women from Asha communities across Delhi attended the meeting at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra. With the University admissions about to begin, the primary theme of the meeting was to encourage the women to enroll children from their communities into university.
Mahila Mandal members shared their experiences of being associated with Asha and how Asha’s interventions have brought about change in their lives. Once shy, oppressed and hesitant to face the world, today these women are independent and self-sufficient, and are capable of influencing the attitudes of entire communities.
Dr Kiran appreciated the work that is being carried out for the welfare of the slum communities by the Mahila Mandals and congratulated them on their achievements over the years. Talking about the upcoming university admissions, Dr Kiran motivated the women to join the Asha team and Student Ambassadors for promoting the cause of higher education in their communities. “I give you the full responsibility of ensuring that not a single parent will stop their children from going to university this year,” shared Dr Kiran.
A day ahead of Mother’s Day, Dr Kiran exhorted the women to look at all children in their communities as their own and support them at all times. She shared the inspiring stories of Asha students who have excelled in the professional lives and broken the cycle of poverty. Inviting one such student Jubair on stage, she told them of his journey from being a school drop-out to now working in the sales team of a deluxe 7-star hotel in Delhi.
“Your kids have immense talent, they can achieve anything they dream of, all they need is an opportunity,” she added. The women promised to do their best to ensure each child gets an opportunity of education, and a life full of dignity.