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Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK visits Asha

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK visits Asha

On 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 visiting India as part of a larger delegation led by the British Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Nick Clegg.  Mr Davey was warmly welcomed by Dr Kiran Martin, the Asha team and members of the Asha community.

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

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

Dr Kiran briefed Mr Davey about the work of Asha and later introduced him to the members of Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association), Bal Mandal (Children’s Association) and college students from the slum with whom he had a wonderful interaction. The community members described the living conditions in their slum prior to Asha’s intervention and the ways in which Asha worked with them to bring about radical changes at every level.

Interaction with the community members at Kanak Durga slum colony

Interaction with the community members at Kanak Durga slum colony

While addressing the community, Mr Davey said, “It is so good to be here to see the work that Asha has done to help young children and their families – the way they have empowered women and children so that they can control their own lives”.

The minister took a few minutes out to play cricket with Asha students, and there was tremendous excitement and joy all around. He also presented some cricket gear to the students and wished them good luck for future matches.

Mr Edward Davey playing cricket with Asha college students

Mr Edward Davey playing cricket with Asha college students

Mr Edward Davey giving his best wishes to Manish, one of the Asha college students

Mr Edward Davey giving his best wishes to Manish, one of the Asha college students

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