New Zealand High Commissioner visits Asha
On 18th September, 2014, New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Grahame Morton, accompanied by Policy Advisor, Ms Mridu Vats, visited the Asha community in Dr Ambedkar slum colony. Warmly welcomed by the Asha team and community, the High Commissioner had a highly energised interaction with the women’s group and university students at Asha’s community based centre in Dr Ambedkar slum colony.
The college students enthusiastically narrated the stories of changes that they experienced as a result of their association with Asha. Dilip Singh, a Political Science graduate from Delhi University, said that whether it was running from one college to another for admissions, paying the college fee or facilitating internships, Asha did it all for us.
Mamta, who is pursuing a master’s degree in History from Delhi University, explained how Asha removed all obstacles, which were coming on her way to higher education. “I am the first person from my family doing a master’s course, and that too from such a prestigious University”, she added.
In his interaction with the members of women’s association, Mr Morton asked several questions enquiring about their day to day activities. Women’s association President, Pooja gave a brief on the work done by the women’s association and especially the Community Health Volunteers.
Women’s association members were curious to know about New Zealand, and asked a lot of questions about the country’s culture, food and day-to-day life. Mr Morton patiently replied to all their queries and also invited them to come and visit New Zealand. After the interaction, he visited a few members of the community in their homes to gain an insight into their lives.
Towards, the end of the visit, Mr Morton spoke warm words of encouragement that greatly uplifted the spirits of the community. Asha hopes to be able to continue the wonderful relationship it has with the High Commission and would like to thank the Mr Morton for taking out the time to visit an Asha community.
Mr Morton shares his experience of visiting an Asha slum Click here to view.