Freddy Martin, Asha’s Associate Director went for a two week trip to the UK to share about the work of Asha and to do fundraising.
Freddy conducted an interactive lesson on “Urban Poverty” for a large number of geography students at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham. He also spent time with the six form of the school who have decided to set up a fundraising and communication link with the students in Trilokpuri slum, Delhi. The group asked thoughtful questions and were interested to learn more about Asha’s work with the students. A number of the six formers were keen to visit Asha in the next few years. In Coventry, he also spoke in two primary schools— St Andrews School and St Bartholomew’s School about the work of Asha during the morning assembly. We are looking forward for a possible link up with these two primary schools.
Clifton Upon Dunsmore School at Rugby held a fun packed “Run for Asha 2014”. Children were sponsored to run in mile laps, with every child from reception up to year 6 running. One child of year 1 ran 7 miles and the star of the day was a pupil of year 6 who ran 10 miles.
Freddy met with a group of young people called “The Legacy” for breakfast. After hearing about Asha’s Higher Education programme, the group is highly inspired and is planning to visit Asha in the coming year.
Freddy also spoke at Antioch Church, Llanelli pastored by Rev Ms Karen Lowe. Ms Una and Vic Brown, Asha Ambassadors in Llanelli, hosted a curry night for 60 people to learn more about Asha. A similar curry night was also organised by Asha supporters at the Well in Kidwelly. Mr Mark and Becky Jennings were kind enough to host this event.
At Sidcup New Generation Church, Freddy preached on the Sunday morning service encouraging people that perfect love casts out all fear.
Rev Paul Weston of New Generation Church invited Freddy to Spring Harvest, which is an inter-denominational Christian conference and gathering in the United Kingdom. He got an opportunity to share in the Youth event of Spring Harvest called “iScape”. Youths were inspired by hearing about the transformational work done by Asha in the slums of Delhi. On the last day of his trip, Mr Martin held a meeting with the Friends of Asha trustees in London.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Ms Lucy Barbour and to all the supporters who made this trip successful by their sincere participation.