Postgrads inspire students from the Dehli slums

Postgraduates and staff from the Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) have returned from a week working in the Jeevan Nagar slum in New Delhi.  

The group raised funds to donate to ASHA, a local non-government transforming the lives of more than 400,000 slum dwellers in over 60 slum colonies of Delhi.

As this was the MPA's second visit to the slum, the children and staff at the Jeevan Nagar community centre were very excited to reunite with the Monash group, who were welcomed with open arms. The children, ranging from age 5 to 14 years, played games and participated in lessons prepared by the Monash postgraduates.

Postgrads inspire students from Delhi slums

Once word had spread that Monash University students were visiting, local university students who had grown up in Jeevan Nagar and the surrounding slums descended on the Jeevan Nagar community centre to speak with the postgraduates. The MPA group answered questions about postgraduate study, and provided advice on attending job interviews.  

Rhian Adlam, Campus Development Officer with the MPA, said that ASHA played a major role in encouraging and supporting children to continue with their education.

"It is so wonderful to see how these students are now ambassadors and role models for the younger students of Jeevan Nagar," said Ms Adlam.

Ecuadorian postgraduate Fernando Pico said that the volunteer work had given her the opportunity to experience the reality and culture of a very different country.

The work of the MPA was honoured at a formal ceremony in Dehli, hosted by ASHA and attended by the Australian High Commissioner.

For information on the next MPA volunteer tour of India scheduled for November 2016, please contact rhian.adlam@monash.edu

This article has appeared in Monash News.