Shaju joined the community in 1990, when he was just 13 years old, and in the 27 years since, he has become an integral presence here every week.
Shaju is a Day Member, and that means he comes to Asha Niketan Nandi Bazar during the day, Monday through Friday, to participate in the programmes and enjoy the life-giving atmosphere of community. He has been working in the Garden Programme, where he has become a fantastic help collecting and maintaining the harvest, doing odd jobs, and keeping everyone in line. (He is the “Garden Leader” after all.) Usha, the Garden Responsible for our community, says she appreciates Shaju for all of his hard work. “When I ask him to do work, he does it very well,” she says. Of course we all appreciate Shaju, not only for his work, but for his never-ending kindness and spirit of welcome as well. Thank you, Shaju!
Prasannan joined the community in 1979. Before that, he was living with his parents. Prasannan is a hard working person: he never shows that he is tired. Since many years, his work is to fetch water and work in the kitchen.
Sarath, his house leader says: "Prasannan always cares about others and food is very important for him. When assistants are coming back from their day off he is always asking if they have eaten."
Santosh, one of the assistants says: "Prasannan likes praying, going to the temple or church. He is often praying for my family and me that touches me.”
What’ are your hobbies Prasannan?
I like playing with balls (petanque) and drawing.
Can you tell us about your family?
I have one brother who had a baby. I want to go and see the child.
What do you like in Asha Nikatan?
I like working in the garden and planting banana trees. I like welcoming visitors and giving them flowers.
What you don’t like, what makes you sad?
I don’t like when someone is kidding me and when assistants are leaving.
Who are your friends in the community?
Malik and Abi
What is your favorite food?
Chicken biriyani and apples.
Ajith has been a member of the community for 33 years! He joined Asha Niketan Nandi Bazar in 1984, and since then, has become a vital and dynamic member of our community. Ajith lives in Deepalayam, and participates in the Workshop Programme, working to make medicine covers. You can always find Ajith helping, laughing, singing, or giving a hearty “Hello!” to anyone he sees.
When asked to share about his relationship with Ajith, one assistant said “Ajith is wonderful.” He expressed how he appreciates Ajith’s gentle demeanor, and strong love for his family. He also explained how “Whatever we are telling, Ajith is obeying—without complaining.” Simply put, Ajith can be quite gullible at times. Of course, this personality trait can be funny in many moments, but there is also a great beauty in it. Ajith has full trust in the people around him, helping him to build stronger relationships. What would happen if we all trusted people a little more like Ajith?
Kanaka has been a member of the community for 23 years! She lives in Anandalayam, and participates in the Workshop Programme, helping to make brooms. Although she enjoys this work, her true passion is fashion! Kanaka loves her clothes and is always excited to recieve new outfit —something to keep in mind for her birthday which is on May 10th!
When asked, “What is your favorite thing about Kanaka?” Viji responded, “Kanaka is always so helpful! When I was new, Kanaka taught me so much about how things worked in the community.” When we asked Kanaka, “What is your favorite thing about yourself?” she responded by telling us how she enjoys lighting the prayer lamp and spending time in prayer.
What is your favorite color Kanaka?
What is your favorite song?
Kanna Varam Tharumo
Who is your best friend?
What do you like about Asha Niketan?