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.
Jun 13, 2011

Aniket's Story

Aniket
Aniket

 

NAME:  Aniket  Dattatray  Kangune.  Age-  12 years                                      

Aniket and his family resides at Village Saikhindi.  His father is a wage labourer and his mother rolls bidis to earn their daily bread.  They live in a small one room rented house.  Their financial condition is very poor.

Aniket’s health was very poor when he was small.  NISD organised a pediatric camp in his village and Aniket was diagnosed with a small hole in his heart. The doctor suggested an operation of this six year child which was not possible for this family.  Her mother was crying about Aniket’s position. 

NISD staff built confidence in Aniket’s parents and encouraged them to go for further check-ups at Pune.  The  K.E.M. hospital, Pune doctor also confirmed the problem and advised surgery.  NISD and local doctor used their contacts for concession in the operative charges.  As Aniket’s mother is in the Self Help Group the group members arranged Rs. 20000 as loan from their SHG and it’s federation.  The operation was done and Aniket’s problem was solved.  Afterwards Aniket’s health started improving and he developed as a normal child.

Now Aniket is studying in 6th std. in the Manoharbaba Vidhyalaya in the same village i.e. Saikhindi.  This is a govt. run school.  NISD organised a number of programs in  his schools such as computer class, yoga class, mobile library, support class and other programs.  Aniket benefits from these program.  Support class help him to improve his studies, reading, writing skills. He also receives support in form of educational material. Aniket is a member of Child Parliament – named Jeevandeep  Balpanchayat Gat. Aniket’s younger sister, Reshma, also became member of Child Parliament. Aniket says he has a number of friends after joining the Child Parliament groups and he learns a number of good things in the groups.  Recently he learned to ride a bicycle.

Aniket’s house is very close to the NISD run pre-school centre.  So he always go there and helps the worker in keeping books/play material at proper place, decorate the pre-school centre, and keep the place clean and neat.

Jun 7, 2011

Shravan, now healthy and happy

Shravan, now healthy and happy
Shravan, now healthy and happy

Shravan's story shows how this project is creating healthier and happier children..

Name:  Shravan Prakash Wale, Aged 3

 

Shravan’s  family is staying in village Zole.  His father is a mason and his mother works as a wage labour. In the beginning,  Shravan was not attending the pre-school centre, though the pre-school teacher paid severals visit to his home. The problem was that neither he nor his mother was willing to send him in to the pre-school centre.  His weight was only 7.5 kg at that time, so he was a malnourished child. Due to his poor health, he used to cry continuously and so he was seen as a problematic child.

After a number of visits and discussions with his mother, the pre-school worker realised that Shravan did not receive any nutrition in addition to his mother’s milk, so his weight was not increasing.  Along with other NISD Staff, the teacher offer counselling to his mum and helped to explain her son’s health problems.  NISD organised a Paediatric camp and asked his mother to bring Shravan there for a check- up. Due to this, within 2 month time his weight increased by 2 kg. In the pre-school centre that he now attends, he is able to get supplementary nutrition

Now his health is improving and he is regularly coming to pre-school and getting mix with other children very well.  He’s no longer seen as a ‘problem child’.  His mother goes to work and can now concentrate well there, as she knows that Shravan is looked after in the pre-school very well. 

Your continued generosity has improved Shravan’s health and has got him attending pre-school. There is no doubt that this educational base and improved health will allow him to do progress in his life. 

Jun 7, 2011

A message from Pranali

Pranali
Pranali

A message to you, from Pranali 

 

Name: Pranali Mahendra Khandagale.

Education: 10th STD

Age: 15 years.

My Feelings:

Before joining life skill class I was very introverted and shy. I did not feel comfortable to go out of the house and mix with other girls.

After joining the class, I started to change as my confidence built up. My mother was very happy to see these positive changes in me. I really developed trust towards the people in my class and the Project. Every day I used to go to the class.

We girls all visited the orphanage home and felt very sad about the orphan children. We also visited the police station and bank to know how they function. We were happy to play, sing and come together in class.

I was very happy to participate in an adventure camp at Mumbai (Bombay-Karjat). For the first time in my life, I got opportunity to participate in such type of camp. I was very frightened at the time of crossing the valley but bit by bit I started to feel that I can do it - and I did it!

  The Project will also be helpful for my future life, and now I feel that I can successfully come out from any obstacles and problematic situation in my life.

      Thank You.

 

        

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