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.
Jan 23, 2012

Bagging a brighter future

Madina Khatoon is ten years old. She has 3 brothers. Her father died of Tuberculosis when she was seven years old. Her father was a daily wage earner and they all lived in a dilapidated hut. Her father did not leave any money for them to survive upon. Madina’s mother, Tazmira Bibi does not have any skills to earn. This family was struggling for survival.

The family were forced to go without food for periods. Tazmira managed to discuss her problems with some of the Nishtha staff. The staff immediately arranged some food for the family, but was aware that this wasn’t a sustainable solution to the family’s problems. They thought that a creative way for Tazmira to be able to help herself and her family would be if they taught her how to make the recycled paper bags that Nishtha train girls in. The staff also contacted the local grocery shop and arranged for them to buy the bags that Tazmira would produce. After some time, Tazmira had some capital in her hand to run her business on her own. Tazmira is carrying on with her business for nearly two and half years. Now she is stable and whenever she faces any financial constraint, the shop keepers arranges for old newspapers on credit, which she uses to make the bags. Through this, she is able to fully meet the basic needs of her family.

Jan 23, 2012

Reflections from Amrapali

Amrapali
Amrapali

Hi! I am Amrpali staying at Bhim Ngar and regularly coming for women`s empowerment project`s life skill class.  I get knowledge and information from this project that even I am not from my mother and from my school. 

We learn lots more things from this project, such as how to behave and how to take care of our body. We also learn about cleanliness, crafts and computers -  I am very happy that now I can handle computers.  Sunita Tai taught me how to use a watch and calendar. She also gave us information regarding first aid, and even how to save someone if they are drowning. We also had sex education workshops through which I came to know many more things regarding our bodies. I also learnt meditation and pranayama (breathing yoga), and now I am doing it daily to increase my concentration power. I am grateful to the whole women’s team.

Dec 19, 2011

Heroic Harshida

Harshida reading to the class
Harshida reading to the class

Harshida's Story - aged 7

 

Harshada’s parents, both mother and father, are working as wage labours and  whole day they are away from home.  Harshada’s old grand mother is the only person at home to look after three small kids which was beyond her capacity.  Their financial condition is very poor and the parents somehow manage the house expenses.

Harshada was very shy  girl and  was having inferiority complex.  That was the reason she was not able to mix with other children.  However three year back she joined in the pre-school centre, started by NISD, and there were number of changes took place in her overall personality.  She started taking interest in her studies, different plays, songs etc.  As her interest increased she was coming regularly in the pre-school.  Her hand writing is very beautiful. She also took part in number of competitions and gain confidence.

Last  June  she was enrolled in the formal school in the first standard.  When meet her class teacher, he told she is very clever and active girl.  Her hand writing is beautiful.  She sings songs, good in play, won in school competition, she is good in studies, and she never bunks her class.  She is  best student of our class and school.  Not only that but she gives speeches very well.  Comparative to other students she is  very good at reading, writing, story telling, singling  etc.

Harshada’s  younger brother and sister also attend the pre-school regularly.  Thanks to you for supporting NISD to run pre-school activities and for shaping  future of    displaced tribal  children like Harshada.

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