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ASHA TRUST NEWSLETTER
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Local change....lasting impact!


The Asha Centre, located in a deprived district on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is an oasis of hope and life.  Every week nearly 100 people receive practical support, training, education and care through the projects that are being run by, for and with members of the local community.

Indeed this was the vision of the community workers who, in 2009, asked us to support them in building the Centre, which was only made possible by the huge effort of so many supporters and friends. We didn't want to run the projects from London, but rather wanted it to be run and owned by local people for local people.

Thanks
to the generosity of so many, this project is having lasting impact, both in terms of individual lives but also in terms of changing attitudes and building community cohesion. In this newsletter we want to share with you the on-going success of the projects and acknowledge your role in making this happen.

Every week the Centre runs after-school clubs, elders' projects, computer classes, English language training and sessions for families with disabled children.  Furthermore the Centre acts as a base for wider community outreach.


Changing perspectives on disability.

The Centre is much more than a building.  Increasingly families who meet there are forming friendships and supporting each other. This is especially true in the work the staff do with families who have a disabled child. As in other parts of the world there is little provision for these children and Asha staff are working hard to prioritize the care they need.



Recently staff from the Centre organised a special day trip to Galle, working hard to involve the families with children who have disabilities.
The photo above is a picture not just of fun and celebration, but importantly also of inclusion and changing perspectives on disability.


WHAT YOUR SUPPORT PAYS FOR!

The reason why Asha Trust's work is special is that it has grown organically with the support of very many people both in the UK and Sri Lanka who have seen with their own eyes each step of the transformation and then been inspired to give regularly or as a one-off donation. 

Recently we asked Katherine who coordinates the work at the Centre to help us illustrate where individual donations go.  She writes, "Individual donations - no matter how small - go a long way in Sri Lanka. We keep our costs down and because there are minimal overheads for running the centre, the donations from individuals go directly to support the projects and local people." For example:

£5.00 a month pays for the delivery of 2 weekly sessions by a qualified teacher for up to 15 children.
£10.00 a month pays for regular outreach sessions in the community to identify vulnerable families and provide family support
£15.00 a month pays one of the staff to support two vulnerable elders in the community with a regular visit and staple food rations for a month.
£25.00 a month pays for a physiotherapy session for up to 10 children and adults with disabilities who have little access to this kind of regular support.



This year we hope to raise £7,500 (from standing orders) and £16,000 from one-off donations and fundraising events.  Once the additional tax refund we get from the Government is added, we hope to raise £26,000.  This is the target we need to raise in order to support the after-school clubs, training and disability programmes that run every week at the Centre. Any additional funds raised this year would enable staff to develop a new employment training scheme, similar to the very successful initiative a few years ago which led to high quality jobs for many young people. 

Thank you for your part in this work and for supporting the Trust so faithfully.  If you are a regular tax payer and are able to 'Gift Aid' your donation, we can claim back another another 25% from the tax office.  Contact us if you would like to review your donation via info@ashatrust.co.uk

Asha's 12th Birthday Party

Sat 1st  October, 7.30pm at 'BB's', 53 Hampton Road, Forest Gate E7 0PD
Asha Trust was set up in 2004 and became a charity in  2005, and we want to invite you to a special Asha Party for all our supporters to thank them for the work we have been doing together over the last 12 years.

We will show a short film which has recently been shot by a journalist visiting the project and there will be food, dancing and a cash bar.

Let us know if you can join us - RSVP: info@ashatrust.co.uk
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