Team from Ireland visits Mayapuri slum colony
A team led by Gwen Montgomery from Ireland visited Mayapuri slum colony in the third week of February. They decorated the walls of the children’s resource centre in Mayapuri by painting beautiful murals on them. They also organised craft workshops and computer classes for the children’s group and also visited some of them in their homes.
While at the Asha centre in the slum, they also engaged in discussions with the women and children from the community. Their interactions were a platform for cross-cultural exchange and also gave the students an opportunity to brush-up their communication skills and interact with someone from a different cultural background with confidence.
The highlight of the team’s visit was a workshop on ‘Rabies and its Prevention’ with Asha’s Community Health Volunteers. The workshop was organised by veterinarian Peter Wedderburn (or Pete ‘The Vet’ as called by his team members) who had also carried out a survey in the community to know about the awareness levels of people on the subject.
For a community that lives in abject poverty amidst sounds from trains passing by on the adjacent railway line and the constant hum of machinery from local factories, visits such as these go a long way in giving them a renewed sense of hope and dignity. Asha is immensely thankful to the team for their unwavering support and for taking out the time to visit the community. We look forward to hosting more such visits in the years to come.