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.
Oct 11, 2011

Opening up

It’s not only the girls who participate in the project that benefit from it – the change in the confidence, self-esteem and capabilities they experience has a wider impact on their families and those around them. A mother of one of the project girls speaks about her experience -

* Savita Manic Sonawne               

I am Savita and my daughter name is Vidya .before she was not talking frankly to anybody. Now she is doing her work in time. I observe her - she is speaking confidently I am very happy about her. Thanks to women`s empowerment project.  

Oct 11, 2011

Turning things around

Ashwini, her two brothers and parents stay in Pokhari village.  Her father has a small piece of land which he works on.  Income used to be solely dependent on the mercy of rainfall.  Ashwini is a clever girl - she used to always get good marks in her exams.  After 10th standard her parents did not send her to school so she started helping her parents on the land. Her brother also started doing labour work after 10th standard. Ashwini is a member of the youth group and during one meeting  she came to know about the  Hospital Assistant course.

Ashwini’s family did not have proper housing. The project helped them to build a house through a Habitat housing project, and also helped them in the development of dairy business. As a result their business increased.

 

The social worker of the project talked with Ashwini’s parents about sending her  for further education. But as her parents were reluctant, he gave them information about the Hospital Assistant course that NISD was planning to start.  He convinced them to send Ashwini for this course.  Her mother agreed in the end. Ashwini was also happy - at least she could get some education, so she agreed to do course which she completed successfully.   

 

Present Situation:

She completed the course successfully and has got a job in a hospital where she gets a monthly salary of Rs. 2000/-.  Ashwini and her parents are very happy through just a three-month course, Ashwini got a good job and is contributing to her family income.

Oct 4, 2011

Nishtha wins Award

We are very pleased to hear that Nishtha, our partner in India who implements this project have one an award. The title that they won is 'Volunteer Involving NGO of the year', conferred onto them by the Appejay India Volunteer Awards 2011.

In practice, this aware celebrates how Nishtha is capacity-building and entrusting local volunteers at all levels of the project. For example, volunteers are involved at a grassroots level during the planning of projects, and then go on to help with implementation - be it as peer educators, community mobilisers and women's group facilitators.

 

Karuna is very pleased and proud to be affiliated with Nishtha, who are changing the lives not only of adolescent girls in West Bengal, but are giving local people the opportunity and capacity to contribute to the upliftment of disadvantaged people.

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