What is Asha?
Asha is a charity set up by Dr. Kiran Martin in 1988, which works with around 500,000 people in nearly 60 slum colonies in delhi, india. Asha aims to tackle all the issues that can keep slum dwellers trapped in poverty. Their programmes help slum residents gain access to healthcare, financial services and education, and make it possible for them to make long-term, positive changes to their lives.
Asha's Mission Statement
Asha aims to work with the urban poor to bring about long-term and sustainable transformation to their quality of life. Through a practical expression of the Christian values of faith, hope and love, we aim to provide holistic community-based healthcare, empowerment, financial inclusion, education and environmental improvements by training, resourcing and encouraging slum communities to receive and enjoy their basic human rights. Asha also aims to influence the lives of its international audience by sharing local practice, experience and vision and facilitating partnerships where awareness and association between different cultures can impact and change individuals globally.
The difference Asha makes
- Making Health Care Accessible
98% of children from Asha slumsare vaccinated according to WHO recommendations compared with 63.2% in India.
- Improve the Slum Environment
Over the years, the community groups have successfully got lanes paved, areas of swampy ground drained, water pumps installed, tube wells dug, toilet complexes built and their own electricity meters installed.
- Empowering Women and Children
In every slum Asha bring together women and children into groups to help empower them to make change together.
- Improve access to Education
In Asha communities, 92-98% of children aged 5-10 attend primary school, and 75-80% go on to secondary school. Since 2008 Asha have helped to enrol about 1,350 young people into university education.
- Make financial inclusion possible
By gaining the support of The Ministry of Finance at the Government of India, Asha have been able to make financial inclusion possible. Since 2008, about 40,000 residents have opened bank accounts, and about 1,050 educational or business loans were given to slum residents, with repayment rates of 90-95%.
Kibworth's Curry and Quiz night
Kibworth are planning a 'Curry and Quiz' night on September 26th 2015 with any proceeds going to Asha. For more information about this exciting and fun night, please click on the leaflet below.