The American Embassy School (AES), New Delhi hosted two of the Asha’s staff on 4th March 2019. Asha’s staff introduced the grade 8 students to the work of Asha and the journey of transformation.
The school has been associated with Asha since the past many years now and have been visiting Asha each year.
On 28th March 2019, the school’s team of 25 students and five teachers visited Asha’s Kusumpur Pahari slum community. As a part of their population studies project, the students were interested in learning about the life of the urban poor, the status of girls and women living in Delhi slums.
Over a two-hour session, they interacted with the members of Bal Mandal (Children’s Association), Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) and Asha students. They discussed the work they do and the difference it has brought about in their lives. The Children’s Association members talked about their desire to complete school and then go for higher education. Being of similar age groups, the students enjoyed this interaction and were very keen to know more about the life in the slums. AES students were delighted to hear many of the success stories.
Their discussion on social issues like dowry, abortion, mental health, equality, gender bias and sanitation and hygiene in the slums with Asha’s women’s association and Asha students was highly engaging. After the discussion the students went for the community visit, to witness life in a slum first-hand. This being the first encounter with slum life for most of the students, they were amazed at the challenges people face in their day to day life.
Here are the glimpses from their visit:
Asha would like to thank the entire team of the American Embassy School, New Delhi for taking out the time to visit Asha communities each year.
We look forward to hosting many more such visits in the future.