Meider Jonno Asha means ‘Hope for girls’
We have been working to help the poor of the Dhaka slums for more than 15 years. Beginning with rescue work amongst young street girls of the Gulshan area of the city, Asha has progressively educated many hundreds of illiterate teenagers, provided workshops and training in hand craft skills and supported families through flooding, ill health and loss.
In recent years our work has concentrated on helping the young women and mothers of the project to respond to the needs and demands of their generation and the local community around them. We now have two Workshops producing quality handcrafts and embroideries. As well as providing a safe alternative for the employment of young women, and especially mothers with children, these workshops help to provide an income for girls of working age.
We also run a series of School Classes to give basic education to local slum children, plus Coaching Classes and Computer Classes for local teenage girls in full time education, and provide a Playgroup for workers children, All these enterprises take place within our own Asha Literacy Centre and are entirely staffed by our own young women.
Most recently we have begun to seek Schools Sponsorships for girls, and a few boys, whom Literacy Centre staff have picked out as needy and keen to learn. We sponsor and support these local children directly by paying school fees and subsistence to enable them to attend local state schools. We run a support scheme alongside this and many of them continue to attend our Coaching Classes after school.