Asha Seva Kendra


Asha Seva Kendra (literally "Centre Serving Hope") is a centre in Gomia, in Jharkhand state, about two and a half hours drive from Bodhgaya. The centre is run by the order of sisters that Sr Mary Lobo belonged to. We supported Mary Lobo's work in Bodhgaya for some years and were impressed with her dedication, careful articulate reports and warm manner. We have found very similar qualities in other sisters in the Assumpta Society.

Asha Seva Kendra (ASK) is in a tribal area and works primarily with members of the Santhal tribe. ASK runs a residential TB/AIDS clinic, health care and education programs as well as community micro-credit groups.

One of the supporters of BDA programs, Tom Riddle, was in India in early 2015. He visited the program in Gomia and provided a report.

Report on visit to Gomia, March 2015.

He also took photos of people in the clinic and Santhal women in the education programs.



The clinic is just one of the ASK initiatives. The Assumpta Society provided a report of the rationale behind ASK and the focus of their programs.

Assumpta Society report on Asha Seva Kendra.

There are very few westerners who visit Gomia and the sisters welcome visitors. There is room to stay at the centre. Please contact the BDA in the first instance.

Donations can be made to the BDA specifying that the funds should go to Asha Seva Kendra. The sisters live very simply and are very appreciative of any support.


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