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Asha Mentorship Programme: Induction of New Mentors

Asha Mentorship Programme: Induction of New Mentors

On 30th January, an event was held at the Asha headquarters to induct new mentors into the Asha Mentorship Programme. The programme is designed to connect students from the slum with a professional in Delhi who provides advice and guidance to the student in his academic and career journey. The mentors are able to offer the students some of the wealth of their experience and expose to environments and ideas that may be completely new to them.

During the event, Asha’s Programme Manager, Ms Kiran Gera welcomed the guests and gave them a brief outline of the work of Asha. Ms Liz Peak, Asha Mentorship and Internship Coordinator, talked about the various ways through which having a mentor helps in boosting the confidence level of the students.

Savita, student from Kalkaji slum colony shares  the story of her higher education journey with Asha and her hopes expectation from the Mentorship Programme

Savita, student from Kalkaji slum colony shares the story of her higher education journey with Asha and her hopes expectation from the Mentorship Programme

Also speaking at the event were some students and mentors who shared stories of their life experience and expectations from the mentorship programme. One of the prospective mentors, Mark Westerna, First Secretary (Management) and Consul, New Zealand High Commission shared his experiences of a similar programme in which he was involved in Los Angeles. “It provides a good opportunity to broaden cross cultural knowledge’’, he added. Later the mentors visited Dr Ambedkar slum colony to see first-hand the life of slum residents and the challenges they face.

Rinku, student from Chanderpuri slum colony in conversation with his mentor Mr Mark Westerna

Rinku, student from Chanderpuri slum colony in conversation with his mentor Mr Mark Westerna

The event provided an excellent opportunity to the mentors as well as the students to interact and get to know each other as they began this exciting new journey.

Asha only hopes to see the Mentorship Programme thrive and reach out to help more and more students from the Asha slums across Delhi. If you wish to get involved in the Asha Mentorship Programme, please write to us at info@asha-india.org

 

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