Royal School Armagh volunteers at Asha – 2017
We were delighted to have a team of 3 teachers and 14 students from Northern Ireland’s Royal Armagh school, who spent 10 days from 25th October to 2nd November volunteering in Asha’s Trilokpuri slum community.
The team brought in a wonderful energy at the centre, entertained the children and women with various activities. Women’s and children’s group and Asha graduates enjoyed themselves thoroughly during this time and made the most of this opportunity.
The team conducted motivational classes with the children and taught them to sing new songs and the art of graffiti. The team painted the plain white T-shirts brought along by them and gifted it to the children’s group, women’s group and Asha’s student group, who were ecstatic to receive this gift. They also painted beautiful murals on the walls of the Asha centre.
It was wonderful to see the team visit the homes of the Asha college students to interact with their parents to gain knowledge and experience of the life our students live. They also interacted and exchanged personal experiences with the Asha’s women’s group. College students got some tips on job placement strategies and the ways they can support their education while studying.
Royal Armagh team along with the children and college students played cricket, football, basketball, badminton etc, and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
Before bidding goodbye, a farewell dinner for the team was hosted by Dr Kiran Martin, where the students and teachers shared their volunteering experience. They shared how grateful they felt after visiting the slums and important lessons it taught them.
Royal Armagh school Principal, Paul Curt in his speech shared “We can achieve a lot of things in life, but it is the experiences like these in the slums that stays with you forever. The students learnt about the challenging lives of people in the slum communities’’.
Dr Kiran welcomed and thanked the team for their time and effort in Asha’s slum and said that it is the universal brotherhood that unites us and helps us to stand for the highest good. Talking about Asha values, she applauded the team for bringing in positivity, dignity and joy of labour.
We thank the Royal Armagh team for their time, effort and enthusiasm towards Asha’s cause and hope to strengthen our bonds with each passing year.
All of us here at Asha look forward to having you here again!
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