Asha’s spirit of 30th-year celebration continued throughout the week. It was wonderful to have our supporters, friends and visitors celebrate with us.
The Honourable British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG and Lady Louise Asquith were very kind to host Asha at their residence on February 8, 2018, over a cocktail evening. The theme was to celebrate Asha’s young University students titled- Slums to University.
Sir Dominic made the opening remarks saying, “I am glad to be associated with Asha. It is doing a wonderful job at uplifting the students, graduates and Ambassadors. Working with Dr Kiran is a real joy”.
The guest of honour for the evening was The Honourable High Commissioner of Australia to India, Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu. In her remarks, she was quoted saying, “It is always a pleasure to be associated with Asha, but I am particularly pleased to join you all to celebrate Asha’s 30th anniversary. The Australian High Commission has had a long-standing association with Asha, particularly supporting their Internship Programme. It is a testament to the belief that if you give a person a chance, it can make a real difference to his/her life. That is what Asha is doing, spreading hope and helping people transform their lives”.
One of the highlights of the event was the inauguration of Asha Alumni Association, to foster mutually beneficial relationships among the Asha graduates and the students in the slums. Our toppers for the academic year 2016-17 were felicitated by Sir Dominic. The evening also saw two young Asha students, Kajal and Venugopal share their heart-warming stories of change, that left the entire audience teary-eyed.
The evening ended with the entertaining bhangra performance by Asha’s Peeragarhi students leaving everyone wanting for more.
Thank you, Sir Dominic and The British High Commission for such a lovely and memorable evening. We hope our association continues to strengthen over the years to come.