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.


Supporting better mental health in Athidiya

In the last few months we have made more progress on supporting better mental health in the area. As many supporters will know, Sister Concepta has been supporting people with counselling in the area for a long time but the huge need in the area and the fact that she has other responsibilities such as teaching has meant that there...
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The buzz at the centre on a Saturday morning

Nothing beats the buzz at the centre on a Saturday morning with those with disabilities attending for support as well as the afterschool club meeting for the ‘life education’ class. I was reminded of this when showing a visitor around last Saturday when he said ‘How amazing that so many in the community access the centre!’. Asha really is succeeding...
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Thank you!

So our lovely group of volunteers have left after a busy 2 weeks. They were all such an enthusiastic bunch of people who worked hard to achieve everything they set out to do on arrival. They may have been here for just a short time but their impact will last much longer. The computer classes for adults that they ran...
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Trevor’s blog

Simran has expressed how we all feel about the work of the Asha Trust at the Centre and what we can achieve in a few days. However  it was with great satisfaction that we were able complete several small projects on the last morning before ‘The Show’. Alison and Chris were gardening in their very fine hats, Simran, Scarlet and...
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Simran’s reflections

During the past two weeks we have been teaching kids english at the Asha centre, working with the teachers during the after school activities. Yesterday it was our last day at the centre and I can’t help feeling like I have more to offer and more to give to children that need the help, it puts everyting into perspective when...
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Mary’s post

We’ve had a short break – some of us to see elephants in the Uda Walwale  National Park and some to the lovely old  Fort district of Galle.  So we’re now refreshed and ready to start work again at the various projects. I’ve been a part of ASHA for many years but hadn’t yet seen the Community Centre built in...
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Scarlet’s post

Both yesterday and today a group of us visited a place called RCCI, a place where special needs children go to learn. Based on a story about a boy making a kite, we were inspired to come up with a few activities that we thought the children would enjoy. We taught them the English words for each component of a...
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Visit to Prithi

I’ve now been in Sri Lanka for 6 days and already have experienced far more than I anticipated before I left London. After the simple shock of the dramatic humidity increase there have been many demonstrations of fearless tuk-tuk driving, story reading to eager yet nonplussed children who spoke very little English, a classy dinner on a boat and helping...
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Ian Thomson – Saturday 26th July 2014

I’m 61 years old and this is my first ever blog!We are now half way through our stay in Sri Lanka and it’s been both challenging and enjoyable in fairly equal measure.Another first for me has been helping a group of nine year olds to improve their English and keep them entertained at the same time. The children are a...
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Day 3 of the trip

Today we all split up into various groups for the morning session. 4 members of the group went to the RCCI school, which is a school for children with special needs. Others led a beginners computer class on the centre’s 4 computers. I went with a small group led by Sister Concepta, to walk around Atthidiya. I have walked around...
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Upcoming events

Asha Trust goes out and about with two great opportunities, which also raise money for the projects in Sri Lanka. Greenwich Guided Walk with Kathy Lancaster 25 April 2015 Greenwich is steeped in history and is one of the capital’s most popular tourist sites. Kathy, a former blue-badge guide will lead a walk taking in the Maritime Museum, the Royal...
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A collection of Sri Lankan Recipes

You can now cook sizzling Sri Lankan curries from this recipe book consisting of the favourite recipes of staff and volunteers at the Asha Centre. The recipe book is £10 (plus £1.20 P&P). To order a copy please email info@ashatrust.co.uk Every penny of the sale price goes directly to Asha Trust projects.

Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, 12 September

Several amazing Asha supporters are going to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks in a day.  24 miles of extraordinary beauty. The peaks are  Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (723m).  The funds raised from this will support the work with children with disabilities in Sri Lanka. There’s a One Peak option too. Come and join us!  Register here or get in touch for more...

5k Forest Run 28th September

Join us on the 28th of September at Wanstead Park for a run (or walk!) around lakes and through the forest with teas and cake at the end. £6 for adults and £3 for children. For more information go to forestrun.co.uk


Tuk Tuk trips are an opportunity to volunteer in Sri Lanka, working alongside the communities we support and with all proceeds directly going to support the Trust.  The next trip leaves in July, so watch this space for news.


Asha Bread Stall. One of the tastiest ways to support the work in Sri Lanka is to buy bread from the super-friendly stall at Forest Gate market every Saturday.