Last week, Asha was glad to welcome once again our old supporters and friends, Nigel and Sue Rees and Julie Hogben (with husband, Dr Richard Hogben who had been working at Asha for the past three weeks) and with them Janet Thomas, who was visiting us for the first time. During the week they spent here, the team visited many Asha slums and was able to see how the people’s lives have changed from the time of their visit some years back.
Nigel, a banker by profession met with the loanees from different slums and also spent time going through the statistics of Asha’s Financial Inclusion Programme. He was amazed to see that in the past four years, Rs 29,703,930 ($533,500/£342,161) has been distributed in low interest loans to slum dwellers with the repayment rates being as high as 98%.
The highlight of their trip was a workshop for people with special needs from three different slums conducted by Janet at our Kalkaji center. The session that lasted for over three hours focused on helping those who could not hear and their caretakers to learn to speak and communicate effectively. Janet, who herself is specially abled tried to interact with them individually and at the end of the session, some of them were able to speak the firsts words of their lives. It was a truly moving experience.
This group of wonderful individuals has been supporting Asha for many years. They have also been actively involved in the various events and the functioning of Friends of Asha (GB). Asha would like thank them for their support and looks forward to have them with us soon.