I grew up in the United States; my Indian parents migrated there in the late 70?s. I never thought to research into the history of my lineage on the other side of the world, and was content with the infrequent trips to India throughout my childhood for weddings of relatives I hardly knew. Now based in India, as the Field Media Coordinator for Asian Aid Australia, I have been able to discover some new and interesting branches of the old family tree. I have been surprised to uncover just how interconnected the fabric of my family is to the … Read more
Yearly Archives: 2013
In September, Dr. John Hammond, Asian Aid Board Deputy Chairman, travelled to Bangladesh, India and Nepal to meet with Asian Aid partner organisations and Seventh-day Adventist Church officials to discuss some of the agency?s key priorities and policies intended to build relationships and strengthen our school programs. Here are some of the snapshots from his visit. Auto Raja I met Auto Raja in Bangalore,? where he runs the Homes? of Hope ? part of the ?larger Community Health in? Bangalore Project. Raja was? educated at a Christian ?school, but fell under negative ?influences and became a?member of a street … Read more
There is something special about the Speech and Hearing Impaired School in India. The language spoken by the students of this school goes beyond ?words?. While the almost 100 students may not be able to hear what you say to them, they can read your expressions with ease, and find unique ways of communicating with you, through kind gestures, as you fumble your way trying to communicate with your hands. The Speech and Hearing Impaired School Development Project began on June 27 this year and in partnership with Helping Hand Welfare Society, with a particular focus on the overall … Read more
Hope in Communities was the theme of this year?s annual report (2012-2013) and of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 18 August at the Cooranbong Community Centre. A community of over 80 supporters, members, staff and board members ? the largest seen at an Asian Aid AGM so far ? came together to experience a snapshot of Asian Aid?s inspiring journey this past financial year, and to look forward to the 2013 to 2014 financial year. Some of the highlights at the AGM were hearing guest speakers Anita Kanaiya, Rajendra Gautam and Dr Andrew Matthes share their … Read more
Five hundred and five patients came to a screening and general treatment camp on uterine prolapse ran by Asian Aid partner Community Support Association of Nepal (COSAN) in early August as part of the Women?s Health Project in Nepal. The screening camp focused on providing uterine prolapse management and surgical assistance services for ladies suffering from the condition, while general health checks were conducted for underprivileged community members and students from the local community school. The seven doctors and nurses were busy attending 229 women, 219 children, and 57 men. Over 70 of the patients had come from a … Read more
Women of all ages gathered at the Mt Nimmel Community Hall, a rustic hand-cut timber building, on August 11, a sunny Sunday afternoon for tasty treats and table talk.