Just a few weeks ago Leweston pupils visited Delhi to work at Kalkaji slum on their Joint Schools ASHA Trip. The team that visited was made up of 15 girls and teachers from Leweston School, Gryphon School and Sherborne School for Girls. Whilst there, the pupils did some sight seeing, accustoming to the warm weather and culture. They then spent five days in Kalkaji Slum Community where they took English classes, helped students with conversational English, ICT skills and presentations. They ran craft, games and sports sessions with the younger students, went on home visits in the slum with the Community Healthcare Workers to monitor health and vaccinations of 0-5 year olds, sat in on GP clinics run from the ASHA community centre (one was for Pregnant women and a number of students heard a first foetal heartbeat for the first time via the Doppler). Students also spoke to Year 12 college students who are able to study thanks to the support and sponsorship of ASHA.
Sir Dominic Asquith also invited our students to his residency at The British High Commission in Delhi for Afternoon Tea and spoke to them about the importance of the work of ASHA and the support our students were giving. Our pupils have returned enthused and keen to maintain the partnership both with each other and also with ASHA.
We were, therefore, delighted to welcome Asha’s Associate Director Mr Godfrey Martin, FOASHAGB Trustees Mr Nigel Rees and Dr Richard Hogben along with Freddy and Abhishek, an Asha student from Peeragarhi slum community, yesterday morning. They spoke to several of our year groups about the projects in India and Abhishek shared his transformational story throwing light on how Asha helped him shape his future. Also, Mr Martin spoke about Asha’s 30 year journey. In the evening we shared a meal with them and had the opportunity for a lively discussion about the experiences of the girls who visited Asha.