What we’re about

Asha Trust works in communities on the outskirts of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Housing and other facilities are poor in this area and finding work is a daily struggle. Many people earn less than $1 a day. These communities face multiple challenges and our community workers support them to develop solutions, restoring hope and building ladders out of poverty. Visit Projects to see details of the work we do and the difference our funding has made..

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NEWS FROM SRI LANKA

Find out about recent developments on the projects that Asha supports.

GET INVOLVED!

Everything Asha does is funded through donations. And thanks to the amazing energy and creativity of our supporters, Forest Gate in East London is always buzzing with fundraising activities, from fun runs and dance classes to poetry evenings. We always welcome new ideas and of course any donations you are able to make.

September update

Our After School Club is now open 5 days a week! We are planning on providing a further food pack to families in the community on the 10th of September. The majority of families are still managing on much-reduced incomes and continue to struggle. To find out more, see our latest update: September Update Thanks as always for your support!
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Newsletter – July 2020

On the 6th July, the Asha Centre opened its doors again after nearly 4 months of closure.  It was a pleasure for all the team to see children and young people returning after such a long time. We held a week of classes for some grades and provided tailored home study packs to the others.   Unfortunately, a week later we...
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We couldn’t do this without your support

We have now completed 8 food drops and each time we go we are reminded of the vital importance of this support at this time We estimate that we will need to provide support for at least another month despite the fact that there has been a slight relaxation of curfew restrictions this week. Parents remain out of work and...
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Update on the provision of essential supplies to those who access the Asha Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic

A total of 5 food drops have now been made to those who access the Asha Centre as we were able to make 2 food drops last weekend.  Over 70 families were provided with essentials each time.The community continues to struggle at this difficult time with most not having been able to work for over a month.  Government support has been...
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Update from the Asha Centre

The Asha Centre has closed due to the need to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the current island-wide curfew. We have, however, been able to provide essential food supplies to the area and will continue to support the community of Badowita wherever possible. You can read more about it here: Update April 2020
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Asha Trust Newsletter – December 2019

Our newsletter is available for download here: Newsletter
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Holiday Club – August 2019

The children and young people who attend the Afterschool Club had a great time at our Holiday Club which ran for 2 weeks during the August holidays. The Holiday Club has become and integral and much-loved activity at the Asha Centre. Children and young people in the area are often isolated and bored during holiday time; family finances means that...
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Asha Trust Newsletter – August 2019

Despite a delayed start to the term due to the tragic events in April, the 2nd term of 2019 has been productive with time for reflection but also with a renewed vision for Asha to remain an inclusive and supportive environment open to all in the community. Find out what we have been up to recently here: Newsletter – August...
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Asha Trust Newsletter – May 2019

The Asha Centre reopened last week after an extended holiday. We are pleased that despite these troubled times, we are able to continue our work in Badowita. You can see what we have been up to recently by accessing our newsletter here: Newsletter May 2019 We are proud and thankful that the Asha Centre serves the whole community, and that...
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Recent activities at the Asha Centre

Computer classes Team visit to Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama Team visit to FoG in Seenigama Team visit to FoG in Seenigama Shoe vouchers! Saturday visit to local sports ground Learning about keeping safe Designing posters about keeping safe Designing posters about keeping safe Circle time fun! Learning programming with Mikey Circle time activity
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Newsletter – July 2020

On the 6th July, the Asha Centre opened its doors again after nearly 4 months of closure.  It was a pleasure for all the team to see children and young people returning after such a long time. We held a week of classes for some grades and provided tailored home study packs to the others.   Unfortunately, a week later we...

Not Open Garden 2020

Janet’s Open Garden event is cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but you can still support and maintain social distancing.  Plants will be available for sale from her front garden and you can post your donation through the letter box!  All donations go towards supporting community projects at the Asha Centre in Sri Lanka. 

We couldn’t do this without your support

We have now completed 8 food drops and each time we go we are reminded of the vital importance of this support at this time We estimate that we will need to provide support for at least another month despite the fact that there has been a slight relaxation of curfew restrictions this week. Parents remain out of work and...

Update from the Asha Centre

The Asha Centre has closed due to the need to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the current island-wide curfew. We have, however, been able to provide essential food supplies to the area and will continue to support the community of Badowita wherever possible. You can read more about it here: Update April 2020

Happy New Year!

Every New Year opens doors to the future. We have lots of exciting plans for 2020 and look forward to sharing them with you all throughout the year. Thank you to all our friends and supporters who continue to help us promote opportunity and hope in Sri Lanka!

Looking for a unique Christmas Gift?

Why not purchase the Asha Trust recipe book? The book contains 40 recipes, provided or inspired by local people and staff at the Asha Centre. At just £12.99 (plus £1.99 postage) it will make a prefect present for all curry lovers. To order your copy, please email info@ashatrust.co.uk