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.
Apr 23, 2012

Case Study: Prajakta Damu Charude

Prajakta and other child parliament members
Prajakta and other child parliament members

" Prajakta celebrated her birthday on the 24th of October. As this fell on a school holiday, she distributed toffees to the members of Child Parliament group of her village. On the day of her birthday, her father purchased another she goat and Prajakta named her “Fulli”.

In November,  “ Children’s Day” was celebrated in her school.  Prajakta and other members of the Child Parliament organised a rally in their village.  They also prepared and stuck posters, in the prominent places of her village,  on Child Rights, Child Education, and Equality of boys and girls.

In December NISD organised training for the members of Child Parliament groups.  Group members discussed the problems of children in their village and made presentations. Prajakta took the lead, and presented problems of their village very well.

Prajakta Participated in the Educational Tour, organised by NISD, at Khodad, where one of the biggest telescopes is placed.  Here children learn about what a radio telescope is, how it is prepared, it's functions and usefulness etc.  Four children, along with Prajakta participated in this Educational Tour.

In January 2012 a 'Training on Joyful Education' was organised at Pokhari village, by NISD.  Prajakta too participated in this training and learnt various action songs, 'advance use of different numbers', and preparation of educational material from locally available waste material.  Experienced trainers teaching in a simple and joyful way meant the children enjoyed the training program very much.

In February a Cultural Program was organised in Prajakta's school, and she took part in a group song.

On 19th February Pulse Polio drive was organised in Saikhindi village. Prajakta and her child parliament group members visited 110 families and encouraged parents to take their children under 5 to polio vaccinations.

Recently election of Child Parliament took place.   By noticing good work done by Prajakta, other members elected her as Chief Minister once again.  The remaining body is new.  Prajakta is busy training the new ministry about the values and functioning of their groups, and how they can take part in different programs."

Prajakta with the new she-goat "Fulli"
Prajakta with the new she-goat "Fulli"
Prajakta busy with her studies
Prajakta busy with her studies
Mar 19, 2012

Rani's participation and contribution

NISD organised a Child Fair at village Pokhari. There were various programmes – cultural, play, competitions etc. Rani participated by performing a dance to a Marathi song.  The local people really appreciated her dance and Rani got a cash prize for her performance.

 

Children’s Day was celebrated in Rani’s school.  Rani and her team took an active part in the program. They organised a rally in their village and did a poster exhibition, on children’s issues.

 

In December a training for Child Parliament members was organised by NISD in Sangamner. Rani presented the various problems of children in her village and also expressed some of difficulties that she experiences while working in Child Parliament.

 

In January, Rani also took part in a project organised by the government’s Integrated Child Development Project, which aims to reduce malnutrition among adolescent girls. Her mother took part in the training too and began to understand how good nutrition can counter this problem.

 

Rani also took part in the Joyful Education program, organised by NISD, at village Pokhari.  She learnt different action songs, plays, cross words and preparation of educational material from locally available waste material.  She prepared a nice butterfly and the Guest lecturer appreciated her efforts.

 

Rani attended all the meetings of her Child Parliament.  She gave information to  other members about the programs and knowledge organised by NISD at Sangamner, information to members about their educational tour, organised Children’s Day, care of the mobile library books that are torn, etc .

Feb 24, 2012

Manisha's story

Manisha Kondiram Patekar

Age: 17 years

After finishing 12th standard, I was just at home not doing much. One of the ladies from the project came to my house one day and gave me information about the computer course. My parents allowed me to do it – I was really happy, because it had been my dream to learn how to use computers.

It wasn’t just learning how to use a computer – I also learnt about communication, nutrition, how to prevent anemia and other important things like these.

At the moment I’m working in an ice-cream parlour. I can really feel how important the computer course was for me, as I use these skills in my job a lot.

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