Friends of Asha GB

Let’s help the slum community celebrate Christmas this year

Here comes the Christmas season once again! It’s a time to express our gratitude to our families and friends. All of us are gearing up and eagerly waiting for Christmas Day.

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to all our supporters and friends, because without them, Asha could never have achieved its goals and objectives, as well as a great thank you to all those in our Asha slum communities, who have not only helped us understand their needs, but have also ‘paid it forward’.

This Christmas time, we would like to acknowledge the support and assistance received from the Asha ambassadors and graduates from the slums. Their success and achievements have not only made us proud but have also helped a million others to idolize them and to fight for a better future. Many have very good jobs now and after work, they give of their spare time to help and advise the young people in the slums to meet their goals in life.

We are delighted to share this year’s Christmas Appeal with all of you.

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Established in November 1999, Friends of Asha (GB) raises awareness and vital funds for the work of Asha throughout Great Britain. As well as continuously expanding the support base of Asha in their region, they make it possible for UK-based supporters to gift-aid their donations to Asha. To find out more about Friends of Asha (GB), please visit


News and Events

June 2018: British Telecom visits Asha

We were pleased to have Mr. Ian McBride, the Head of Purpose, British Telecom and Mr. Vivek Chavan visit Asha Polyclinic, followed by a community visit to Mayapuri on the 8th June 2018. Read More






June 2018: Deputy Head of Belgium Embassy, Mr. Stijn Mols and his wife Ms Evy Renap visit Asha

Having new partners associated with our cause feels wonderful. We were delighted to have our new Internship partner’s Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Belgium in New Delhi, Mr. Stijn Mols and his wife Ms Evy Renap visit Asha on 6th June 2018. Read More

May  2018: Britain’s Foreign Office Minister, Rt Hon Mark Field MP, visits Asha

We were honored to have Britain’s Foreign Office minister, Rt Hon Mark Field MP, visit Asha’s Kanak Durga slum community yesterday. Minister Field was received with much fervor by Dr. Kiran Martin, Founder, and Director, Asha, who welcomed the minister and the British High Commissioner in India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, with traditional Indian garlands. Read More


February 2018: Asha Turns 30

What an exciting and inspiring week of celebrations it has been on the occasion of Asha completing its 30 years of service to Delhi slums in the month of February!

We were delighted to have our friends and supporters from across the globe to celebrate the thirty transformational years. We take this opportunity to thank each one of you for being a part of this wonderful journey. If not for your sincere support, achieving this milestone would have been impossible.

To mark the splendid thirty years of Asha’s work in Delhi slums, we had a week-long celebration of events starting from February 7 and concluding with the main event on February 10 that was received with much happiness and appreciation by everyone. Asha graduates Chandan and Dilip beautifully presented the evening to the gathering, leaving everyone impressed with their emceeing skills. Women, children, and students from the slums shared their powerful stories of change touching the hearts of the people present. Videos showcased of Dr Kiran and Asha’s thirty years of work summed up the inspiring journey of thousands of lives that have been changed.

It gives us immense pleasure to share the updates and pictures of the events with you. Please click on the link below:

30 Years Of Asha


January 2018: Newsletter Issue 77

Dear Friends,

We are glad to present to you our Newsletter Issue 88 for the year 2018. This year as Asha celebrates its 30 years of service to slum dwellers, we have special messages from our global friends of Asha. You will also read about Sanjan and Sahil’s heartwarming stories of change.

We have some interesting testimonies from our volunteers and the latest activities Asha has been busy with.

We hope you enjoy reading this Newsletter as much as we have enjoyed writing it.

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January 2018 Issue

October 2017: Newsletter Issue 76

Dear Friends,

It gives us great joy to keep you updated with the stories of change from our slum communities. In this  76th edition of our Newsletter, you will read about a young boy Jatin, who found a new life through Asha’s Healthcare Programme after having struggled for years with Tuberculosis.

Sumitra’s heart-wrenching story from Mayapuri slum community and her journey of finding happiness through her friends in Asha’s Mayapuri resource centre will inspire you.

You will also read about the experiences of our wonderful volunteers and other events that have kept us busy

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October 2017 Issue

October 2017: The Big British Curry Night in Aid of Asha

The concept is simple, invite your friends for a curry in October and ask them to make a donation to the work of Asha. If supporters from all across Great Britain take part then we could raise thousands for the slums of Delhi. Read more

April 2017: Introducing new Friends of Asha GB Coordinator, Dr Richard Hogben- Dr. Richard Hogben, a retired General Practitioner in Yeovil, has been a long-time supporter of Asha. Read more…

April 2017: Bidding adieu to Friends of Asha GB Coordinator, Phil Leighton- On behalf of the Board of Trustees, all of us at Asha would like to thank Mr Phil Leighton for his peerless performance during the past 19 years, as the Coordinator of Friends of Asha GB. Read more…

March 2017: Dave and Chloe from River Church UK volunteered at Asha- We were happy to host Dave and Chloe Jones from The River Church, UK who visited Asha from 14th-16th March, 2017. Read more…

March 2017: Team from City Life Church spreads joy at Asha- We were happy to have 9 people from City Life Church from the UK volunteering at Asha’s Chanderpuri centre for about 4 days, starting on February 20th, 2017. Read more…

November 2016: Dr Kiran meets the Rt. Hon. Theresa May- It was a great honour for Dr. Kiran and three of the Asha graduates to meet The Right Honourable Theresa May, the Prime Minister of UK. Read more…

November 2016: Team St. Stephens Church volunteered at Asha- The Asha team and community at Seelampur slum colony were delighted to greet old friends from St. Stephens Church, Twickenham, UK, led by Ms Amanda Clegg. Read more…

October 2016: Asha hosted at British High Commissioner’s residence- Dr. Kiran and Asha’s volunteer teams from the UK were invited for a high tea at the Honourable Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG’s residence, the British High Commissioner to India, New Delhi. Read more…

October 2016: Schools from UK led by David Briggs- It is always wonderful to welcome old friends and supporters from different parts of the world, at Asha. Like every year, we were glad to welcome Asha supporter, David Briggs and his team of teachers from the UK. Read more…

October 2016: Big British Curry Nights – An annual fundraiser with the simple concept to invite your friends for a curry and ask them to make a donation to the work of Asha. Here are a few recipes contributed by some of Asha’s team members. You can try them at home to get the flavour of India’s different cuisines. Read more…

November 2015: St Stephen’s Church volunteers at Asha – The team of 12 members from St Stephen’s Church, Twickenham, volunteered with Asha for a week. Read more…

June 2015: Asha bids adieu to Jill Sinclair – On June 12, 2015 Dr Kiran hosted a farewell dinner at her residence to bid adieu to Asha’s ardent Ambassador Jill Sinclair. Her remarkable contributions to Asha’s work over the past three years have been immensely significant. Read more…

April 2015: Volunteer Doctors at Asha – Asha was pleased to welcome Volunteer Doctors from the UK to our slum based clinics as well as at the Asha Polyclinic. Health being one of the major concerns across the Asha communities; it was a wonderful opportunity for slum residents to avail specialist healthcare services. Read more…

March 2015: East Meets West Concert – The ‘East Meets West’ concert was organised by Amanda Clegg. It gave the members of the congregation, Asha supporters and many other local people, a real musical treat! Read more…

September 2014 – January 2015: The Big British Curry Night: Over the autumn and winter, Asha supporters across the UK will take part in and host Big British Curry Nights with their local communities. The concept is simple: invite your friends for a curry and ask them to make a donation to the work of Asha. Read more and get involved…

His Excellency Sir James Bevan hosts high tea for Asha volunteers: The British High Commissioner, HE Sir James Bevan KCMG, invited Asha’s volunteer team from the United Kingdom for a high tea at his residence on 27th October 2014. Read more…

Contact Details

Dr Richard Hogben, National Coordinator, Friends of Asha (GB)

36 Combe Street Lane, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3PE, UK

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