Junior Asha

Junior Asha Seattle

Junior Asha (JA) is the youth wing of Asha for Education – Seattle Chapter where kids (12-18 years old) participate in local events, spread awareness about Asha and raised funds.On March 24th Nayha, Shrutika, Mehak and Arjun from JA participated in the Teen Action event at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and held a booth to showcase the work of Asha and Junior Asha using the example of Adruta Children’s Home.  Keeping with the theme of the event – Empathy, the JA team engaged the audience by quizzing them with questions such as “What percentage of people are homeless in India?” Many people realized that their numbers were way off and that the situation of the underprivileged was worse than they had imagined.

Another event was the Big Climb for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) on March 25th.  10 Junior Asha teens volunteered for the event with the help of Junior Asha mentors Archana Mehta and Dheepa Ramani. The kids split into two groups and cheered the climbers and runners as they completed their climb up 73 flights of stairs at the Columbia Center.  In the process, they interacted with children who have survived the disease and families of children who were not so lucky. Exposure to such difficult life circumstances is part of the experience from which JA teens derive inspiration and empathy.

JA has planned additional events for this summer. Details about these events can be found on the Junior Asha page.

We intend to keep you connected on what’s happening at Asha for Education via these newsletters. We look forward to hearing your suggestions and comments. Our contact e-mail id is seattle@ashanet.org. Please check the events page on our website for upcoming events.

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