"When I wanted to skate, my parents used to refuse. Not initially, but as time passed they wanted to place restrictions on me. That’s because the villagers used to come and say things like ‘your girl hangs around with the boys… skateboards with them’. They used to say things like ‘girls should not be doing that, keep her at home, teach her how to cook and prepare for marriage’. So I faced challenges in the beginning but I refused to listen to them. I used to reply asking if they have seen me do anything wrong? I used to challenge them. I told them to not trust what others are saying, but to trust me instead. Once I started going out of the village, that’s when they started trusting that I won’t do anything wrong."
This gave me a lot of confidence and I realized, I do have a voice!
I do what I love. And I love what I do.
I found my passion, I found my voice.
What others say ...
"I really like the classes with Asha. My favourite activities are the games we play and studying Hindi. I enjoy spending time with Asha didi. I told my parents that I want to keep studying, going ahead. They say that I can keep studying. I can go to Asha did's class and learn with her."
Sachin, one of Asha's students
"I like studying with Asha did and I am looking forward to the classes we have. My most favourite subjects are English and Hindi. Earlier I used to stumble while reading Hindi but now I don't face any problem. I will keep going to the classes so that I learn more!"
Dilasha, one of Asha's students
"Asha stayed with us in Oxfordshire, U.K., in 2017. She was helping at our local Children Centre. She is the most courageous woman I know. She is determined, hard working, but also very warm, kind and carrying. She is very talented too. I have seen her grow so much in the recent years, and conquer immense challenges. She has a heart of gold and I cannot wait to see more of her work. She is one to watch!"
Sylwia Korsak, friends&family
Asha and I traveled together to Rajastan with a group from Janwaar to make a visit with Barefoot College and attend the Unlearning conference. Asha developed meaningful connections with people and lead the group in making choices. It has been a great joy to witness the ways which Asha moves through the challenges of life with a deep feeling of affection, endless curiosity and capacity to discover collective solutions.Being able to work with her on educational projects is an opportunity to keep learning alive."
Rachael Hammerlein, mentor of Asha
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