Home Minister of India meets Asha slum children going to Delhi University
On Monday 27th February, 2012, India’s Home Minister Hon Mr P Chidambaram met with seven Class 12 and College children from Asha slum areas in Delhi. Accompanied by Dr Martin and Asha staff member Sweeta Jacob, the children spoke to Mr Chidambaram for quite some time about the challenges they faced in their studies while growing up and the hopes they have for the future.
The Home Minister gave the children his blessing for their upcoming exams and for all they wish to accomplish in life. He noticed that there was a big difference in the confidence between the children who were in Class 12 and those in college; a mark of the enormous impact Asha’s higher education programme is having on transforming the lives of these kids.
Mr Chidambaram and the students had an extensive interaction whereby they thanked him for his great interest in their welfare and he encouraged them to study hard and not give up on their academic aspirations. Just has he was so supportive during this meeting, Mr Chidambaram has been a champion of the students from the slums for such a long time and has always taken a keen interest in their development. He was there at the inception of Asha’s Higher Education Programme and has never missed an opportunity to be a presence in the lives of these kids. They look up to him as a mentor and an inspiration and Asha will always be grateful for the personal care he has taken in guiding and looking out for our students.