Asha Community Health and Development Society
Providing health care, empowerment, education, financial Inclusion and environment in 71 slums of Delhi.
Work and Achievements
Asha was established in 1988 to respond to the health and social needs of slum dwellers. It was founded by Dr. Kiran Martin, a paediatrician, who had observed first-hand the devastating conditions in which the urban poor live while responding to a cholera outbreak in one of Delhi’s slums. Today, Asha works in 71 slum colonies across Delhi, serving over 500,000 slum dwellers.
The mission of Asha is to work with the urban poor to bring about a long term and sustainable transformation to their quality of life by providing holistic community based health care, community empowerment, education, and environmental improvement.
In the past 28 years, Asha has developed a reputation for improving the lives of slum dwellers and, as a result, has won the support of various influential figures both within India and around the world. In 2008, Asha developed programmes to increase access to education and financial inclusion.
Through our ground-breaking initiative, Asha has assisted and supported over 1500 of these children attend university by providing help with the applications, organising university preparation workshops, supporting in college fees and other college related expenses. In a pilot programme developed with the Indian Ministry of Finance, Asha has also partnered with leading Indian national banks to provide slum dwellers with bank accounts and the opportunity to take loans for varied purposes.
Fund Utilisation Statement
Providing scholarship for bright students in the slums of Delhi for tertiary education.