Cause Profile

Working for the poor of Delhi

Nearly 4 million people live in slums in the city of Delhi, India. Conditions are appalling, with a lack of education and access to basic amenities causing inhabitants to get trapped in a life of poverty and deprivation. Asha provides support, education and healthcare for these people, giving them the motivation and abilities to make lasting changes to their lives.


Asha works in partnership with over 300,000 people in 46 slum communities in Delhi. It provides health services and training for community members, particularly women, so that they can take responsibility for their health and that of their fellow slum residents. Asha runs health centres within slums, giving people desperately-needed access to affordable healthcare and advice, and helps people to get access to advanced medical treatment that they would otherwise be denied.


A comprehensive training programme enables slum residents to gain skills and use the knowledge to access the services and infrastructure improvements that are among their basic rights. Asha ensures that all men, women and children are aware of their rights, and gives them the support that they need to attain them. The interventions to empower communities range from work on gender equality to education and microcredit, and all of them have potential to help people break free from the cycle of poverty.


Slum dwellers are hugely disadvanted by the environment in which they live. Asha strives to improve conditions by raising awareness, training and motivating slum residents to gain improvements, and by pressurising the Government to make the necessary changes. Water pumps, toilet facilities and adequate drainage are just some of the amenities that can make a real difference to the lives of the slum communities where Asha works.

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