Dunclug college visits Asha
It was a week of fun and frolic for the Kusumpur Pahari slum community when a team from The Dunclug College, Northern Ireland visited us. This was their maiden visit to Asha.
During their stay, they absolutely enthralled the children by narrating stories, conducting music and dance sessions and playing educational games with them. They also got an opportunity to interact with the Community Health Volunteers, Women’s Association members, Children’s Association, university students and the Asha alumni who have secured a job for themselves. They were impressed to note how Asha has been able to educate slum dwellers about universal values of life, as well as demanding their rights and taking responsibility for their own welfare. The Dunclug team painted the children’s resource centre with vibrant murals. The children in Kusumpur Pahari slum communication simply loved the new look of the centre.
“I will have many fond memories of our visit but especially hearing the personal stories of Sahil and Venu. My favourite quotation came from Sahil, and has inspired all our students, – I am not in the mood to give up” remarked Valerie Alexander, Teacher of Dunclug College.
We are immensely grateful towards the team Dunclug for all the efforts they put into their trip and the fundraising activities they organised prior to arriving at Asha. To show heartfelt gratitude and love for all their efforts, the Asha team and community at Kusumpur Pahari hosted a farewell party to bid adieu where everyone shared their stories and experiences.
We are so happy to have the support of such wonderful and giving people and do really look forward to having them return to us again.
Here are a few glimpses and experiences which were shared by the Dunclug College:
“I have been truly inspired on our visit to Kusumpur Pahari. The memories that I have will stay with me forever and proved that success only comes from never giving up. I will hold all of the Asha’s values close to my and practice them each and every day. Every member of the community has made feel welcome and loved. You are all part of my family and I will see you again!” said Dan Burnett, Teacher of the school.
“I didn’t know how lucky I was until I saw the Kusumpur children.” – Rachel Owens
“You all have a place in my heart and I am very glad to call you all part of my family.” – Jessica O’ Neill
“Asha has welcomed us with open arms, and I have endured an experience I will never forget.” – John Wilson
“The most amazing experience of my life, you all will be part of my life forever.” – Sarah Christie
“I find it so amazing how people with so little can always welcome you with a smile and a hug. They are all filled with sheer joy and enthusiasm which I have learned a lot from.” – James Fullerton
“Coming into Kusumpur slum has changed my life forever, the children, college students and staff have filled me with so much joy and each and every wee smile on the children’s faces will remain with me forever more.” – Jack Francey
“I came to Kusumpur not knowing what to expect and was worried about travelling so far from home but here I found the most welcoming and wonderful people who treated me like family. The girls treated me like a sister and I will forever think of them and thank them for changing my view on life and realise that it’s the simple things in life that matter. I will sincerely miss everyone.” – Ellie Beth Clyde
“Not knowing what was bound to come and learning about the lives of the Kusumpur slums has drastically opened up my eyes seeing how little they have yet being cheerful with a big heart made me feel home.” – Kristyn Chan
“I am so grateful for having the chance to meet these amazing individuals. I am truly inspired by their determination.”– Nicola Kernohan