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..



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


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.

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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Christmas at the Asha Centre

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Wishing all our supporters a Happy Christmas!

Thanks for all your support in 2018! You can find out what has been happening with the work in Sri Lanka by accessing our newsletter here: Newsletter December 2018 Sign up to our quarterly newsletter here:Subscribe
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News from the Asha Centre

  You can access our August newsletter here: Newsletter August 2018    
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Promoting creativity, a healthy lifestyle and celebrating difference!

Creative Therapy – Gratitude Tree Our support for children and young people in Badowita continues to develop as we adapt our new Afterschool Club timetable to meet the needs of those who access it. We are currently conducting a consultation with children, parents and the staff team.  Initial findings have been very positive with good feedback from all involved as...
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Newsletter May 2018

Our newsletter is available here: Newsletter May 2018 Thank you all for your support so far in 2018!
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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

Thank you Laura and John!

Laura and John completed their amazing bike ride from Land’s End to John o’Groats at the beginning of September and raised over £3,000 including Gift Aid! The funds raised will be used for services that the Asha Centre provide to children and young people in Badowita, in particular the ever-popular August Holiday Club. Thank you John and Laura for your...

John and Laura are raising funds for Asha Trust!

John and Laura are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raising funds for Asha Trust! All funds raised will go towards the funding of our holiday club – 2 weeks of inclusive activities that promote team work, creativity and unity. You can sponsor them here: Sponsor John and Laura

Open Garden and Plant Sale

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May11am-4pm42, Latimer Road, E7 0LQ Janet Daniels is opening her beautiful garden to raise funds for Asha Trust. Plants for sale at affordable prices. “A magical space, filled with flowers, exotic plants, a fish pond and a shed filled with vintage garden tools” Entry by donationHome made cakes for saleAll proceeds to Asha Trust

Asha Trust Curry Night – Saturday 26th January – 7:30pm

Come to our Sri Lankan Curry Night to support Asha Trust! There will be delicious Sri Lankan food – several vegetarian curries, as well as fish and meat. Most will be mild. Wine and soft drinks available. £12 (£7 children) Also lovely wood turned items from two local supporters, available to purchase on the night. Tickets available via eventbrite: Purchase...