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.
Aug 22, 2011

"Puja is now back attending school..."

Puja
Puja

Puja's story is one of breaking barriers, the barriers that continue to trap girls like her into poverty and powerlessness. Her story shows, though, that these barriers can be broken, and this project is helping to do just that.

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"A girl of Class IX fell into a relationship with a young man. Her parents came to know about the affair and to prevent Puja and her boyfriend seeing each other, they stopped sending Puja to school.

After a month, Puja left her house to enter a school examination, but she ran away with the boy rather than going to school. In Indian culture, when a girl runs away or falls in love with someone, it brings embarrassment to the family. The society doesn’t accept the girl and the parents never dare to bring the girl back even if she is a minor.


But, the mother of Puja broke this huge barrier. With our help, she mobilised other members of her women’s group, local club and even the local government member of the village to search for Puja. By evening they found Puja
who was undergoing a marriage ceremony. Her mother brought Puja home and declared the marriage as null and void by removing the Bindi and breaking the shakha-pola (customary practices which a married Hindu woman in the community must wear). Puja is now back attending school with the support of the project, her family and the village community. This is a significant positive shift in attitudes, thanks in part to the awareness building of the project."

Aug 16, 2011

Rejoicing in Rani


Rani’s parents reside in Pokhari haveli village. Her father does Painting work. This work is not on a regular basis. 
Similarly her mother also does labour work in the fields of rich farmers whenever available. Rani’s mother is a member of a Self- help group, and through her group and NISD’s support they have pioneered a  number of schemes -  such as constructing a toilet, soak pit etc.  She also got a loan for buying a cow which helped the family to get additional income through the sale of the milk.


Rani is very good in study and got first class in her 6th examination. Her handwriting is beautiful and she got first prize in the Child Fair program, organised by NISD recently.  She also takes part in street plays. Recently she played the role of a farmer in a street play named “ I  should help our own”.  Her role and acting was praised by many people.


In Pokhari village there is school up to 6th standard.  After this, all children have to go to the neighbouring village i.e. Vadgaon Pan which is about 2-3 km away.  Due to this many children, particularly girls, leave school and become drop-outs as their parents do not want to send adolescent girls to distant places. This was the worry in Rani’s case, but NISD staff and Rani herself repeatedly insisted that her parents let her attend school in the neighbouring
village.  Now Rani will join in the new school and hopefully complete her future education.  Your support enabled NISD to save one clever girl from becoming a school drop-out. 

Aug 16, 2011

'I am very happy now'



Shilpa's Story - aged 20 years


Once there was a survey in my community. Through that survey I have came to know about this class. I have decided to join the class and to learn the sewing skills. I left the school in 6th STD and after that did not join any course. But now I have completed the course successfully. The course has build confidence in me. I learn different types of blouse and Panjabi suits. I have started taking orders from outside and earn money from it. My brother gave me money to buy a secondhand machine. I am very happy now. After my marriage also I will keep on stitching the blouse and dresses.

I am very thankful to your project and giving me the skills and confidence to be independent.

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