Deputy High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Jonathan Tow hosted a dinner reception for students from the Asha slum colonies on 22nd July, 2014 at the Singapore High Commission. The evening started with a presentation by Mr Tow giving an overview of Singapore. He also invited all the students to visit Singapore at least once in their lifetime.
Asha’s Programme Manager, Ms Kiran Gera gave an outline of the work of Asha followed by the students who shared about their journey with Asha. Kaushalya from Ekta Vihar slum colony said that her association with Asha started as a member of Bal Mandal (Children’s association) at the age of 6. Just this year, Kaushalya has scored 70% marks in the final exam of bachelors degree programme. Because of her excellent performance in the bachelors programme, Delhi University has offered her direct admission in the masters’ programme which otherwise requires an entrance examination.
Sunil from Jeevan Nagar Slum colony who is pursuing a degree in Applied Psychology from Delhi University recalled how he failed in his 7th standard examination before joining Asha. He said, “Lack of guidance was probably the main reason behind my failure. After coming here, I realised my true potential and I topped in the same class in which I had failed earlier”.
Asha’s Founder and Director, Dr Kiran Martin said that the children living in the slum communities are very bright, talented and hard working. “Asha family is always ready to support them”, she added.
Mr Jonathan’s wife, Ms Chui and other diplomats were really touched by hearing the testimonies of students from the slum communities. Asha hopes that interactions such as these will help in strengthening the relationship with the Singapore High Commission. We would like to thank Mr Tow for hosting this reception.