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..



Look below for regular updates about the work in Sri Lanka which Asha’s funding 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.

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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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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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.

Thanks for Coming to Janets Garden

Once again Janet Daniels opened her magical garden in Forest to visitors at the end of May and she raised £1946 for Asha Trust.  Thank you for coming and thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make it such a happy and successful weekend!