Dr Kiran Martin, a doctor and a mother to thousands. She gave her life to serve thousands of urban poor of Delhi.
It’s her 60th birthday on June 9th, and what better gift could we give her than helping her in her vision for Asha which she started 31 years ago. She laid the foundation of Asha as a young doctor who gave her life in service to the poor and needy in the slums of Delhi.
In 1988 when there was a cholera outbreak in the Delhi slums, then a young doctor decided to help them. With a suitcase filled with donated medicines, she borrowed a table and sat under a tree to treat thousands of the patients. Many a time she took her toddler daughter in the lap to the community. Threats to her life from the local goons and slumlords did not deter her working for the slum dwellers.
In 2002, Dr Martin’s achievements were recognised by the Indian Government when she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, by Mr K R Narayanan, the President of India. Dr Martin’s work is supported by formal and registered Friends of Asha societies in Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the USA.
Her dream this year is to send and support every slum high school pass out to pursue a university education. Let her dream be ours.