Karuna Trust

Our vision is of a world without prejudice, in which every human being has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or beliefs. We aim to do this by challenging the ignorance and prejudice that trap people in poverty.
Sep 30, 2013

Supplementary Nutrition for Parvez

Parvej
Parvej

Parvej is 4. He lives with his parents, 2 sisters and grandfather. The entire family are dependent upon his father's irregular daily labour work, and so their financial condition is normally precarious.

Parvej and his 6-year-old sister both attend pre-school, where it was noticed that Parevej was quite underweight.The crèche worker and NISD doctor visited Parvej's home and so the condition that he was living in. He weighed 11kg and was diagnosed as being 'grade II malnourished'. Because the family had never been able to afford enough food, Parvej had already suffered from health problems.

Intervention:

The NISD doctor advised his mother to give Parvej supplementary nutrition, in the form of 'spirulina candies', twice a day. This supplementary nutrition was to be provided free of cost by NISD. The crèche worker also encouraged the mother to attend crèche meetings on health, nutrition and child care.

Now:

Parvej's weight and health are improving. He looks a lot healthier and happier. His mother has been attending meetings also, and enjoys meeting other mothers.

Because of your support Parvej's health problems are decreasing, and his future looks much brighter.

Thank you.

Sep 12, 2013

When I grow up, I want to help other girls like me

Deepali Sewing
Deepali Sewing

Deepali is 18 years old.

Age: 18years

Education :  9th        

Address: Vishrantwadi  slam, Pune.

Background:  

                 I  am Deepali my parent’s are no more my uncle & aunty look after me. I have one brother. When I was at home I felt insecure  about my life & future               

Feelings:

         When I learned tailoring in Green tara foundation I feel very secure & proud about my self, I am earning money so I can save money for my future . I am getting confidence in me day by day in future I will be green tara ‘ s staff  I want  to do something for poor girls like me very thanks for karuna trust & green tara foundation.   I got my way to secure life through learning tailoring     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 27, 2013

Amreen - Proud to contribute to the family

Amreen using machine
Amreen using machine

Amreen is 17 years old, and lives in the village of Kuran, with her mother, father, and 2 brothers in a small house made of mud with a tin roof. Her father, and both of her brothers are wage labourers. Her mother rolls bidi cigars. All of this work together generated a total of 3,000rs a month, which was not enough for basics for the family, such as food and clothes.

A very driven and bright girl, she completed her 9th standard of school despite the background of rural poverty that she comes from. Unfortunately, her family poverty prevented her from completing school before she could finish, as she had to stay at home to help her mother with the housework, and making bidis (Indian cigars) for extra income.

Amreen was determined to become skilled at something, so she could "stand on her own 2 feet" as well as contribute financially to the family. She began attending the 'youth employment training' offered by NISD in her village, learning how to sew, in February of this year. She knew that if she learned to do this, she would be able to earn money due to the strong demand for such a service. After beginning this training, she also began to take an interest in NISD's other activities, which greatly helped to improve her confidence.

Towards the end of her time training, her parents decided to help in buying a sewing machine. Doing work for neighbours, friends, and other villagers, she has been able to make an additional 2,000rs a month for the family. This will increase over time. 

Amreen says "Now I can help my family from the money I earn. This was not possible before. Now I am proud that I can contribute to the family."

With such skills, and generating income through her work, Amreen will also be breaking ideas about the worth and abilities of girls. This will bode well, not only for Amreen's own future, but for all the girls and families who come into contact with her, who will be forced to confront their own assumptions.

Thank you all for funding this life changing work.

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Very best wishes,

Keval Shah.

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