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.
Feb 24, 2012

Soma's Story

I am Soma Pramanik and I am 13 years old. I am studying in Class VII. Three years back when I was a student of Primary school I learnt so many things from my mother. These include doing household work, cooking, working in paddy field, sowing, fetching water to cultivated field, boiling paddy to make rice, etc. In fact this is what we all village girls learn from our mothers during our childhood - we have to learn how to do housework. But many girls have not learnt what I have learnt from going to high school. I have learnt a lot about health and hygiene.

 

I, like all village girls, had been using old and dirty cloths during our menstruation periods. We did not have any other options. We used to wash these clothes secretly in the polluted unclean ponds so that nobody could see them. After washing we used to dry them in unhealthy places secretly. During these five days every month, we had to miss school because wearing the same cloth from 9.30 am till 6.30 pm was extremely painful. We had to wear the same one because there weren’t any clean cloths or places to change them. This mean that we used to lag behind in our studies and couldn’t get good results in the examinations.

We now have come to know about napkins which are use-and-throw, very hygienic and user friendly. I talked with my mother also about these napkins. Our school does not have any changing rooms. Rather, the toilet that we have in school is very small and if I stay inside for a minute, friends start knocking the door. It is very busy. I have heard that even the government schools do not have this facility. They even do not have dustbins. Project staff demanded to the schools to do something about it. I have heard from Runa one of my friends who studies in Kastekumari high school that their school has the facility of a changing room and the school supplies them with napkins. We then went to their school and experienced the same. The project then demanded that school should do something and provide napkins. During the Durga Puja holidays, I had been to my uncle’s house on outing, and had discussed the matter with my cousins and aunt. This learning on menstrual hygiene has been of great help for me and my school friends. We hope that our school will soon provide facilities of changing rooms, napkins and sanitary bins, which will help us to avoid missing school every month. Also, with the help of social workers now we have a sanitary bin at home. My mother made it and it did not need any cost. It is portable and we can take it to the backside our house and use it. My mother is so intelligent. But she told that she learned this from me. I am proud.

Feb 24, 2012

Case study: Aniket Kungane

Aniket & friends during the Educational Tour
Aniket & friends during the Educational Tour

Aniket Datta Kangune,   Std. 6th

 

Address:  At. Saikhindi, Tal. Sangamner, Dist. Ahmednagar.

 

Aniket appeared for his preliminary  school examination and the got results in December, 2011 and got first class in it.  During Diwali holiday he spend his maximum time in reading and playing with his friends.  A newspaper is coming in his village and he was reading the same with great care and enthusiasm.  General knowledge, cross-words and reading local news was his interest.

 

Aniket attened Child Parliament Training, that was arranged by NISD at Sangamner.  He put forth many points in the training.  He also took active part in selecting, guiding and organising new body of their Child Parliament .

 

In January 2012, an Education Tour of Child Parliament members organised to Khodad where they saw  one of  the biggest telescope  in the world placed there by GMRT.  He wrote a note on that and gave  information to the members who not able to attend the tour.  While coming back from Khodad they also visited old caves and Ganpati tempal at Lenyadri.

 

Aniket ‘s family shifted to the new rented house, in the same village, as the house owner wanted to live in that house.  Aniket  helped his parents in shifting work.  This new house is also in the same area. 

 

Aniket has two she goats- Chandani and Ekadashi.  Chandani gave birth to one she goat on the day of Kojagiri Pournima.  As it was an important festival and day  Aniket   kept name of the new one as “Koja”.

Aniket & friends during the Educational Tour
Aniket & friends during the Educational Tour
Aniket developed an interest in reading newspapers
Aniket developed an interest in reading newspapers
Aniket with a newborn she-goat
Aniket with a newborn she-goat
Feb 8, 2012

Stitching a new life

Rajiya, 18 years old

I was really happy to learn sewing at the project. The course really has changed a lot in my life. Before joining the class, I didn’t have confidence in my stitching skills. By joining the class, not only did I get skills, but I got confidence too.

Before joining the course I was very shy and found it hard to mix with other women and girls. But now, I like to share my thoughts.

I can actually earn money – the course helped me to get a job at a dress designer’s shop, so I now have financial independence.

I’m very grateful to the project.

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