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.


School holidays at the centre

As has been mentioned on our Facebook page, the first two weeks of August were busy at the Asha Centre. It was the school holidays but we decided to remain open for children and young people in the area so that they were take part in our first ever holiday programme. The two week programme focussed on inclusive activities for...
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August activities at the centre in Athidiya

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Volunteer intern opportunities in Sri Lanka

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Update on peer support in Athidiya

Our peer support groups started this week in Athidiya with much more success than any had envisaged. Dorian and Lorna, the two trainers, currently working with Samutthana, a mental health charity in Sri Lanka have shown great commitment to establishing this project and sharing their knowledge. The women’s group met on Friday evening over a cup of tea and two...
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Peer support groups in Athidiya

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Asha Trust Newsletter April 2015

Asha Trust Newsletter April 2015
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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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Reminder – Open garden and plant sale this weekend!

All proceeds to Asha Trust Open garden and plant sale 2015
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Asha Trust in the news

The Asha bread stall at Woodgrange Market has been featured in ‘The Jellied Eel’, London’s Magazine for ethical eating. Profits from bread sales support those with disabilities living in Athidiya. Find out more here: jellied_eel_47-1 8

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