A team of 10 scholars from the University of Tokyo visited Asha’s slum colony in Dr Ambedkar basti on 15th September, 2014. The highlight of the entire visit was the fact that this was completely conducted by Asha Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and university students who shared about the transformational work of Asha.
Excited to lead the first of its kind visit, Asha university student Keshav, excitedly narrated his internship experience in a multinational company, SMEC. “Asha has taught me to aim high and work tirelessly to achieve them”, he said.
To help them understand the day to day life in a slum, Asha CHVs, Pooja and Meena briefed the team on the demographic condition of the area in which they are working. They also took the team for a slum tour to allow the scholars to witness the changes that have come into the slum population as an outcome of Asha interventions. Later, the team also observed the healthcare activities in Mobile Health Van, which was donated to Asha by the Japanese Embassy in 2012.
Gaurav, a final year Political Science student from Delhi University, spoke about the Asha Student Ambassador Programme. Speaking on behalf of all Student Ambassadors, Gaurav asserted that working as ambassadors of education in his community has provided them with an invaluable opportunity to give back to the community. “Dr Kiran’s encouragement and support inspire us to serve the community with a greater enthusiasm”, he added.