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.
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.
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.