In our effort to foster the personal development and success of socially-minded community leaders in the border areas, Aseem seeks to continue and expand the "Home for Kashmiri Friends" program. Aseem recognizes that the ongoing volatility in the Jammu and Kashmir region and the apathy and antagonism from much of the rest of India both stem from a lack of meaningful communication and mutual understanding. Especially in a context where socially-minded community leaders are in short supply, Aseem has initiated the "Home for Kashmiri Friends" program which invites students from the border areas to live, learn and grow in a supportive community in Pune, where Aseem is based.
Home for Kashmiri Friends Program:
In 2010, members of Aseem became inspired by two boys from a small village in southern Kashmir who sought out new opportunities for education and the betterment of their communities. These motivated boys sought friendship - and in return members of Aseem provided their support to encourage higher studies in Pune. To provide a home - accommodations, but also additional tutoring, personal care, and friendship - Aseem began the “Home for Kashmiri Friends” program. Both boys lived and studied with the continuous support of the organization until 2013 - and upon graduation, both have secured jobs in India and abroad, serving as role models of conscientious work for their communities. In 2014, following an exchange visit of Ladakhi students to Pune, three girls entering class 11 similarly sought a new set of opportunities and friendships in Pune and were joined by another 2 in year 2015. They are recently graduated from junior college with Higher Secondary Certificate and are looking forward to the securing admissions to higher studies. Through the long-term support of these students, Aseem seeks to develop deep connections between these students and the communities they live with in Pune. By encouraging these students with educational guidance and support, as well as career guidance, Aseem aims to empower these students to use their skills and experiences towards the betterment of their societies, across India.
To encourage students to set goals and dreams - and to formulate plans for their attainment
To promote communication and mutual understanding between individuals - and communities - of border areas and of other parts of India
To foster socially-minded leadership among the next generation
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