Freddy and Tushar continued their UK visit in Northern Ireland where they were welcomed warmly by many of their Asha family. Tushar had already met many of the people who welcomed him to Northern Ireland as they had either heard him speak at the home of the British High Commissioner in India, Sir Dominic Asquith, met with him in Dr Kiran’s or visited in Mayapuri slum. Hosted by Barney and Ruth Graham, Tushar inspired many people as he shared the transformation in his life following his involvement in Asha. Relaying the regular challenges of living in a slum in India, Tushar gave specific insights into the current challenges for families living in Mayapuri slum colony, where the government has shut down the main industry in which the slum dwellers worked and has destroyed homes build within 100 metres on the railway track. Inspite of the challenges facing his friends and neighbours he spoke with passion and warmth, delivering a message of hope, empowerment and of optimism. He shared his favourite Asha value as he expressed his gratitude to Asha.
During their trips, Freddy and Tushar speak at many events including schools Ballymena and Wallace High School, Freddy warmed hearts by sharing stories of students whose lives have been transformed through the work of Asha and who are now themselves inspiring others across the globe fulfilling their roles of Asha ambassadors in the truest sense of the word. He spoke with compassion for the young people and the generosity of the Asha and of its support network was evident. Special mention was given to the growing number of multinational companies offering support for the Asha students through their internship programmes.
We thank friends, supporters, and trustees of Friends of Asha Northern Ireland for hosting Freddy and Tushar.