A journey from skid row to skyscraper!
One of Asha’s biggest milestones was marked on the 27th July 2018: the first boy from the slums of Delhi graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from Australia’s top university: University of Melbourne. Mahinder has become a role model for thousands of young people from the slums of Delhi.
Hailing from a humble background of Ekta Vihar slum community in Delhi, Mahinder was always a bright and intelligent child. He has been an active member of Asha Children’s Association and progressed to be an Asha Ambassador when he joined Bachelor of Information Technology.
His father for the first time was proud while the live streaming of his graduation ceremony was on, he said, “I never thought or applauded Mahinder for any of his achievements till yesterday. These tears rolling down my cheeks today are tears of happiness and I proudly say Mahinder is my son”.
Mahinder won a full scholarship to do his Masters in the University of Melbourne in 2016. Thus, started the journey of a slum boy to conquer his dreams overseas. His hard work secured him a two-month paid internship at the Macquarie Group’s Melbourne and Sydney office respectively over the year 2016 -18 holiday season.
Mahinder’s journey is a powerful message to deprived young people living in poverty. He is a wonderful example of how transformation can occur when young people are provided with the right opportunities, treated fairly and equally. Mentorship is the way to help them realise their dreams.
The Chairman of Asha Australia Robert Johanson was also present as a guest speaker who provided a vivid overview of the work Asha is doing in Delhi.
We congratulate Mahinder Shrivas on his graduation and wish him the best for his next step of life.
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