Loving and caring, professional and committed
Our employees all work with us because they care for other people. They want to show their love for them by serving them.
Their level of commitment is huge, and the professionalism with which they undertake their roles means that they are truly effective. Some are volunteers who give their time freely, some are salaried and have been with us for all their careers; but they all share the same values and put a passion into their work which is what makes Asha such an effective and special organisation.
Dr Kiran Martin – Founder and Director
Dr Kiran Martin studied at the University of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College, gaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She then specialised in paediatrics at Lady Hardinge Medical College within the same university. Responding to a cholera outbreak in a Delhi slum in 1988, Dr. Martin began treating those residents and saw the need not only for quality healthcare in the slums but also the need to address other social determinants.
Dr. Martin’s achievements were recognised by the Indian Government when she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards. Asha’s work has been praised and replicated by organisations in many countries. Dr. Kiran is the nerve center of Asha, envisions the strategic roadmap and provides key management input in all aspects of Asha’s endeavours.
Born and brought up in Kerala, Ajitha Raj settled in Delhi after marriage. A commerce graduate, she joined Asha in 1999 and is now working as Senior Programme Officer (Finance). Apart from her interest in finance, she likes to listen to music and watch movies in her free time.
Senior Programme Co-ordinator
Amitava Mazumdar is part of Asha’s Communications team and works as a Programme Coordinator. He is responsible for reporting and documentation, proposal writing and fundraising. Apart from his professional competence, Amitava brings to the table passionate commitment, keenness to learn, good listening skills and a flexible approach to adapt to any situation.
Senior Programme Manager
Ayesha Seymour has completed her post-graduation in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She is also a trained counsellor. Ayesha has 24 years of work experience in the social sector. She has been working in Asha as Senior Programme Manager and her main job responsibilities are fundraising and communication, resource mobilisation, and supervising the implementation of different programs. She is a people’s person and likes to travel and try new and challenging things.
Mr. Godfrey Martin is Asha’s Associate Director. He has been with Asha for over 30 years. His roles spans many areas such as fundraising, building relationships with key partners and heading the finance and administration teams. He travels extensively to the US, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, speaking in schools, organisations, charities, and corporates.
Amanda has had a professional career in Marketing and Innovation, and more recently in Family Mediation. She has had an association with Asha for over 15 years and is a trustee of Friends of Asha (Great Britain). She has brought many teams of volunteers to visit Asha’s projects in the slums and been involved with widespread fundraising initiatives. She works on ad hoc projects for the charity such as Hope & Spice, a cookbook showcasing recipes and stories of transformation from the slums (available on Amazon UK and via Friends of Asha USA) and the development of the high protein ladoos needed to combat malnutrition during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also works closely with Asha’s Founder Dr Kiran Martin in a supportive and advisory role.
Leelani Masih joined Asha in September 1988 and is the oldest member of the organization. She is a trained nurse by profession and has seen Asha’s growth and development since its inception. Lelani, lovingly called Lily, is currently the Team Leader of the Asha team at Kalkaji. She is widely respected and loved by all the members of her team as well as the community.
Rema Suresh is a qualified Nurse by profession. She has been with Asha for over 17 years. She is a key member of the Asha Healthcare team. Her caring and selfless service, dedication, and high level of professional competence especially during the Covid-19 pandemic was widely admired and appreciated.
Dr Sharmila Lal
Dr Sharmila Lal is a trained gynaecologist who has spent more than three decades working at Asha. She finds it a rewarding and humbling experience treating disadvantaged patients. Asha has enabled her to expand her horizons beyond gynecology since she gets to treat patients with a wide variety of illnesses. She is greatly loved by her patients and by all the members of Asha team.
Senior Laboratory Technician
M.C Jacob joined Asha about thirty-one years ago. He is a Senior Laboratory Technician. Jacob is widely respected and loved by his colleagues as well as by his patients. Like all the Asha team members, he is committed and dedicated to Asha’s mission. He has spent almost his entire professional life at Asha. This is a testimony to his love and commitment for Asha.
Shainy Mathew has been a key member of the Asha team for more than 26 years. She is a trained nurse by profession and plays a pivotal role in implementing Asha’s Healthcare programmes across our slum communities. Shainy stands out for her dedication, commitment, and selfless service. She is responsible for overseeing Asha programmes in a number of communities. Shiny is widely loved and respected in the entire Asha family and performs her tasks with compassion, care, and love.
Anita Singh is a Social Worker and has been with Asha for over 17 years. She is a very hardworking and committed team member. She is responsible for overseeing Asha’s interventions across many communities. She has a pleasant nature and a positive attitude. She maintains a good relationship with all the stakeholders including MLAs, government officials and law enforcement agencies. This is one of her professional strengths.
Monika Pawar has been associated with Asha for the past 16 years as a Social Worker and Community Organiser. She has hands-on experience in all the major elements of Asha’s programme interventions, most notably running the DOTS center in collaboration with the government. Monika is a keen learner and fully dedicated towards the tasks assigned to her. Monika feels that every day at Asha gives her the scope to tackle a new set of challenges and provides her with new learning opportunities. She is also deeply influenced by the Asha Values which she feels have made her a better person.
Pushpa Srinivasan has been associated with Asha for more than 27 years. She is a trained Nurse by profession. She is the Team Leader for Asha’s Kusumpur Centre. Pushpa’s biggest inspiration is the love and respect she has received from her team as well as community members over the years. She feels that working with Asha is not just a profession, but a mission to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. She feels rewarded when one more sick patient says Thank You to her after recovery or another student gets a good job after completing his or her academic journey.
Shiv Kumar Singh
Shiv Kumar has been professionally associated with the Asha team for over six years as an Education Counsellor. He has been a part of the Asha family since he was six years old as a member of the Children’s group. He is currently a key member of Asha’s Higher Education Programme guiding High School students towards College Education, Vocational and Skill Development courses based on their merit and aptitude. He played a key role in Asha’s Emergency Response during the Covid-19 pandemic by leading the team of corona warriors. The Asha values have been a key influence in shaping his life. This is one of the biggest motivations in his professional journey. He is a committed team member continuously striving to realize Asha’s vision, mission, and goals.
Sunil Kumar Srivastava is a key member of Asha’s Finance team as an Accountant. He has been associated with Asha for about nine years. Sunil performs a crucial role in maintaining Asha’s books of accounts, donor records and controls the financial and banking transactions. He is a very experienced and hardworking professional. Asha’s work which allows him to help the poor, needy, and downtrodden slum residents is his biggest motivation.
Shashikala has been associated with Asha for over twenty years. She is a Social Worker and Community Organiser. She is the Team Leader at Asha’s Seelampur slum community. She feels that practicing Asha’s values with the team and the community has made her a better individual. Cooking is her main hobby and she enjoys cooking new and innovative dishes for family, friends, and Asha team members.
Vikrant Rao has been associated with Asha for over eleven years. He is a pharmacist by training. He looks after procurement, supply, and distribution of medicines and other items across all the Asha centres. Vikrant enjoys the work environment at Asha and feels that everyone is like a family member. He says that the deep bonding of friendship and camaraderie makes Asha a special place to work.
After being founded by one person who worked surrounded by dirt, ignorance and despair, and who overcame the obstacles of political intrusion and corruption, Asha is now transforming the lives of more than 700,000 slum dwellers in over 91 slum colonies of Delhi.