A week well spent with the Reservoir team!
The Reservoir Team from Boston, the United States of America led by Steve Watson, paid a visit to Asha on February 18. After receiving a brief orientation at the Asha Polyclinic, the team of nine went to Asha’s Chanderpuri slum community, which is in the East of Delhi.
The team included Daniel Hendrix- Audiologist, Justina Oliveira- Psychology Professor, John Watson- a student, Cate Nelson- Consultant, Lucas Oliveira- Computer Science, Amanda Proctor- Social Worker, John Peteet- Psychiatrist, Jean Peteet- Physical Therapist and Steve Watson. Receiving a warm welcome, they were greeted with garlands of flowers.
During their week-long stay, they interacted with Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association), Bal Mandal (Children’s Association) and the College Students. They also visited the slum homes. The enthusiasm was evident amongst all.
“Kids are so fun and cheerful here,” recalled Justina in a bid to express her experience at Asha.
They conducted drawing classes, played songs and danced to it. The team also prepared a puppet show (कटपुतली का कार्यक्रम) on the Asha Values. The edutaining mode of imparting knowledge proved great as they asked to recognize each value it tried to focus upon, and the Asha Students were able to answer all of those.
They played outdoor games like volleyball and football etc. Steve Watson’s son- John Watson, said, “This is amazing and inspiring to see these children enjoying regardless of what condition they live their life like.”
Also, the doctors’ team (Audiologist and Psychiatrist) played their part well. The audiologist conducted several clinics for the hearing-impaired slum patients and provided them with the hearing-aid devices free of cost. The Psychologist held counselling sessions for many patients in the slums. A separate workshop was also conducted for the Asha team at the Polyclinic to provide awareness on mental health.
The team took some time off and visited another slum of Asha in Mayapuri which is in the West of Delhi. Understanding the stark contrast between two culturally different slums, they spent the whole day there. They interacted with the Asha students and discussed the career scopes.
The team and the Asha family, both expressed their gratitude towards each other by exchanging beautiful cards.