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Visitors from British High Commission and Melbourne University visit Jeevan Nagar slum colony

Visitors from British High Commission and Melbourne University visit Jeevan Nagar slum colony

It was an exciting day for community in Jeevan Nagar slum colony as they got ready to welcome visitors from the British High Commission and Melbourne University on 12thSeptember 2013. The delegation comprised of Prof. Rob Moodie accompanied by Dr. Gillian Porter and Dr. Nathan Grills from the University of Melbourne and Ms. Kate Yeung, Ms. Tanya Walsh and Ms. Laura from the British High Commission.

Asha Team and community welcome the visitors to Asha’s community center at Jeevan Nagar slum colonyAsha Team and community welcome the visitors to Asha’s community center at Jeevan Nagar slum colony

The group had a highly interactive session with the team at the Asha headquarters to gain an insight into the work of that Asha has been doing over the past 25 years. They were overwhelmed to learn about the ways in which people have benefited from the work and how the programmes draw support from individuals and organisations across the globe.

The group interacts with members of Asha’s children’s groupThe group interacts with members of Asha’s children’s group

After this, the group proceeded to visit Jeevan Nagar slum colony in south Delhi where they were welcomed with great warmth and enthusiasm. They met with the children, college students, members of the Women’s Association and the Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s) from the area.

Dr. Nathan Grills examines the contents of a CHV’s medicine boxDr. Nathan Grills examines the contents of a CHV’s medicine box

They were particularly impressed to meet with Asha’s High School topper Chandan who is now pursuing his Bachelors in mathematics from one of the most reputed colleges of Delhi University. They even visited Chandan’s home and were overwhelmed to see how these children are doing so well despite such difficult living conditions.

Chandan with the visitors at his homeChandan with the visitors at his home

Mr. Moodie who had visited Asha 20 years back was particularly impressed to note the progress Asha has made. “The hope and sense of community that I have seen today was missing when I came 20 years back. It is amazing to note how Asha’s communities have progressed over these years”, said Mr. Moodie.

Visits such as these go a long way in strengthening the relationship that Asha has the University of Melbourne and British High Commission. We look forward to many more opportunities of welcoming representatives from these organisations in days to come.

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