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The College India Society raises money to help the ASHA Slum Project in Delhi. The Society meets on Thursdays at lunchtime in K4.

Main activities include:

- Planning fundraising for ASHA
- Making cards using designs provided by the women in the slums
- Finding out more about India and the work of ASHA in the slums

In February 2018, 15 pupils and 4 staff set out for an adventure to Delhi and two weeks of hard work and play in the Kalkaji slum. Methody has a long standing link with Kalkaji, a large slum in the south-east of the capital, where the Asha organisation provides health care, schooling and support to the local community. Methody pupils, through a wide range of fundraising activities help to fund this Asha centre, and this year our enthusiastic group raised over £25,000 and they deserve great credit for all their effort and resourcefulness. Thanks also, go to the parents of our team for their valued support behind the scenes.

The pupils were brilliant ambassadors for the College. Through teaching, craft, play, and games, they soon developed strong friendships with young Indian children and their senior peers.  Inevitably, it was very hard to say goodbye but their association with Asha and India, I hope, will be a life long one.

The trip was a total immersion into India life and Delhi’s bustling metropolis. 
Highlights included being part of Asha’s 30th Celebrations, singing for our supper with the Irish Ambassador and enjoying the old world charm of the British High Commission. The majesty of the Taj Mahal provided a rare moment of calm. At various times, Linkee, butter chicken, Galway Girl, fake Ray Bans, Tie-Dye and Punjabi MC were all added to the cultural mix. Eleventh hour visa applications also added to the fun.

To find out more about the work of Asha, visit the ASHA website or read this report from Asha  which gives an excellent overview of the work the project covers in the Kalkaji district.

If you would like to make a contribution to the project, we would be more than grateful.
Cheques to be made payable to Methodist College Belfast and sent to The India Society c/o Methodist College, 1 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6BY