Asha’s Founder and Director, Dr Kiran Martin hosted a farewell dinner at her residence to thank the Canadian High Commissioner HE Stewart Beck for his contributions towards the work of Asha. Mr Beck has been a strong supporter of Asha’s Higher Education Programme and Internship Programme and is soon leaving India after completing his tenure. He was accompanied by his wife Ms Brenda Beck, who has been supporting Asha for a long time. She was mentor to one of the Asha students and has also donated stationery and computers for our slum based centres.
Dr Kiran talked at length about the long association between the Canadian High Commission and Asha. Two of Asha’s college students, Usha and Rohit, who did their internship with the Canadian High Commission also shared their experiences.
“For the first time in my life, my wife and I have got such a joy in working with an organisation which is working so closely at the grass root level. During my stay in India, I was associated with the work of Asha in slum communities. I found it very inspiring.” Mr Beck said, while addressing the gathering. “I will be supporting Asha in the future as well.”, he added.
Dr. Kiran then mesmerized the audience with a ghazal (Urdu love poems set to music) recital along with Guru Vinod Kumar ji, Principal of the Bhaatkhande Sangit Vidyalaya. With the notes of the melody still wafting in the air, the evening came to a happy closure with the guests interacting over dinner.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mr Beck for his unwavering support and commitment and wish him the greatest success in his future postings. Asha hopes to be able to continue the wonderful relationship it has with the Canadian High Commission.