Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016-2017

Dear Friends,

In the last twenty-nine years, Asha has strived to bring a positive change in the lives of the slum dwellers who are often marginalized. We thank our supporters for standing by us and being a part of this wonderful change and are pleased to present to you 2016-17 Annual report with the latest developments.

We hope you enjoy reading the stories of transformation and the impact of Asha’s Intervention through healthcare, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environment programmes.

Annual Report 2016-2017


Annual Report 2015-2016

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As another year passed by, we bring to you the remarkable progress that Asha has made across Delhi slum communities.

This year’s statistics in Healthcare showcase the relentless work of each and every individual at Asha. 100% children born in Asha slums have received proper vaccinations (BCG) and Vitamin A Supplements and only 13% children were born with low birth weight at our slum communities. Also, births assisted by untrained birth attendant continues to be zero percent at Asha.

We have come a long way in the Higher Education Programme since its inception in 2008 as we have created history by sending nearly 1500 students for tertiary education. Simultaneously, Asha’s Internship Programme also continues to reach out to students from the slums – helping them to learn professional mannerisms. This year, another milestone that the Asha students reached was completing a certificate course in Business English.

As you read this report, we hope that you will be inspired by the empowering stories and developments in the lives of the countless people by the efforts of Asha programmes since 1988.

Annual Report 2015-2016


Annual Report for 2014-15

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As we complete another fantastic year, we bring to you the significant developments that have taken place at Asha slum colonies.

We are delighted to report that this year’s statistics are inspiring figures that highlight Asha’s success in improving slum dwellers’ health. With cent percent child births assisted by trained attendants, our Healthcare Programme ensures best practices for maternal and child health in the slums of Delhi.

The Asha Higher Education Programme has created new landmarks taking the numbers of students admitted to tertiary education to nearly 1200 since 2008. And the Internship Programme continues to reach out to students from the slums – giving them a taste of professional life and making them job ready. Taking this to the next level, this year we have launched the Asha Job Match Programme, which aims to place students in jobs relevant to their qualifications.

As well as statistics that soar above those of other Delhi slums, and even surpass those of India as a whole, with this report we also hope to bring to life the stories of several people whose lives have been touched by our programmes this year.

Annual Report 2014-2015


Annual Report for 2013-14

This report comes to you at the end of another exciting year at Asha. We have witnessed some remarkable developments in education and healthcare, and have also had the chance to celebrate these with the slum communities that we work with.

Asha has now enabled over 900 students to access higher education since 2008. This year, we have been able to take the Higher Education Programme further by launching the Asha Student Ambassador Programme. The programme comprises college students and graduates from different slum colonies who work as peer leaders within the community and promote higher education.

The health statistics for this year continue to showcase the wonderful work being done at the grassroots level. 88% of children born in Asha slums were of normal birth weight and 99% of them were breastfed within the first six hours after delivery. The infant mortality rate continues to be 16 this year as well.

As you read this report, we hope that you will be inspired by the people in our communities who have been empowered, and through this are changing their own lives.

Annual Report 2013-14

Annual Report for 2012-13

The 2012-13 was extremly important as we celebrated Asha’s 25th anniversary and the transformation that the intervening time as brought. What started as an effort to bring basic health services to slum communities has evolved into a broad programme of holistic development in over 50 areas of Delhi. And today, Asha’s community of supporters has grown into a global network of friends and partners.

The past 25 years have seen great expansion of both Asha’s scope of services and the Asha community. As we look back at the things we have achieved and challenges we have overcome; we dedicate ourselves to remaining a dynamic, sustainable and effective agent of change. Much work is left to be done, but with your support, serving the poor is the task we remain entirely committed to.

Annual Report 2012-13

Annual Report for 2011-12

This report comes to you at the end of another memorable and successful year at Asha. Having already enabled 600 children to access college and university, this year we took the big step of helping these young people to consider their next move and their future careers. With the cooperation of the Australian High Commission and the New Zealand High Commission, we launched the groundbreaking Asha Mentorship and Asha Internship Programmes. Both of these programmes offer fantastic chances for these students from slums to advance their job prospects as well as their personal development.

It is amazing that we have been able to maintain this progress in the face of the severe budget restraints we continue to face. The vast majority of Asha’s support now comes from our individual supporters worldwide. All of this gives us hope that we will come through this difficult time even stronger and more resolute to serve the poor.

As you read this report we hope that you will be inspired by the important development that is occurring in Delhi’s slums in so many areas.

Annual Report 2011-12

Annual Report for 2010-11

This year, Asha has witnessed some breakthrough developments in education and health, and the chance also to celebrate these with the slum communities with whom we work!

In 2008, just 44 of our children completed their high school final exams. Just three years later I am absolutely delighted to say that 518 of our high school students passed, a phenomenal achievement, especially when one remembers that there was a time when most were not even reaching their last year of primary school.

The most exciting development in health this year has been that our infant mortality rate has been reduced to just 14 per 1000 live births, compared to the national figure of 50 across the whole of India and to 100 when we began our work in 1988. This exemplary figure is a true demonstration of how effectively Asha’s community development model continues to improve the life chances of slum dwellers. Our Asha Health programme has emerged as one of the foremost successful urban health models in the world and has been studied by eminent people in the field of public health.

Annual Report 2010-11

Previous Annual Reports

Annual report 2009-2010

Annual report 2008-2009

Annual report 2007-2008

Annual report 2006-2007