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 – 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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Asha Foundation is recruiting!

Asha Foundation is currently recruiting for  a Partnerships and Funding Officer.  This is a new role which will support Asha’s long-term sustainability in Sri Lanka and an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work in a results-orientated community based organisation.     The full job description is here: Partnership and Funding Coordinator To apply, please send your CV and a...
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New timetable at the Afterschool Club

    Since January, as many of you will know, we have been implementing a new timetable at the After School Club and gradually introducing new activities.  Prior to starting the new timetable, we held a parents meeting in order to consult with parents as well as a discussion with the children and young people about the proposed changes.  With...
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5 children and young people with disabilities start school this week!

We have come a long way since support for those with disabilities started in Badowita in 2011, when we discovered that many had never attended school and spent most of their time at home. Our educational sessions at the centre have brought many benefits including real learning opportunities, greater inclusion in the community and better medical and therapeutic support.  What...
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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...

Make a difference in Sri Lanka – Asha Trust is looking for skilled volunteers!

Use your skills, make a difference and spend time on a tropical island!  Asha Trust is looking for skilled volunteers. To find out more, drop us an email on ashatrustsrilanka@gmail.com.

Asha Trust Curry Night – Saturday 28th April at 7:30pm

An event not to be missed! Come and join us on Saturday 28th April 2018 for some yummy Sri Lankan food cooked by Radhika and Gary with recipes from the Asha Trust Recipe Book. You can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/asha-curry-night-tickets-445…

Purchase our Sri Lankan recipe book and help support Asha Trust’s work in Sri Lanka!

Our first recipe book in 2015 flew off the shelves, we continue to receive requests. This year’s edition has 40 new 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

Ashas’s 12th Birthday Party!

Sat 1st  October, 7.30pm at ‘BB’s’, 53 Hampton Road, Forest Gate E7 0PD Asha Trust was set up in 2004 and became a charity in  2005, and we want to invite you to a special Asha Party for all our supporters to thank them for the work we have been doing together over the last 12 years. We will show...