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.
Sep 12, 2011

Powerful (Unseen) Women

Karunaprabha
Karunaprabha

We're delighted to announce that Karunaprabha, leader of this project, has been successfully nominated for One World Action's 100 Powerful (Unseen) Women award.

The women come from over 40 countries and have all contributed to positive social change on either a grassroots or global level. To learn more about this initiative, please follow this link:

http://oneworldaction.wordpress.com/100-unseen-powerful-women/

A huge congratulations to Karunaprabha for her momentous contribution to alleviating suffering in the slums of Vishrantwadi.

 



Karunaprabha
Karunaprabha
Sep 12, 2011

Paying it forward


Amiya Biswas, paying it forward

Amiya Biswas lives with his wife and 14 year-old boy. Amiya never used to like his wife. He was a habitual drunkard and gambler. After drinking he used to beat his wife very badly.

Nishtha is all too familiar with such scenarios and has formed a women and adolescents group to fight against domestic violence. These groups also motivate others to stop domestic violence.

When the group members came to know about Amiya, they went to his house. They started making Amiya aware of the bad impact of the domestic violence on his wife, children and his image in the community. They also reminded him that it is illegal to abuse his wife.  It took continuous effort by these groups to ensure that Amiya stops his behaviour.

Not only did Amiya stop domestic violence but also curbed his habit of drinking and gambling. This change led to a happy and peaceful marriage.

Presently, Amiya and his wife lead a happy life and they have become active volunteers in the fight against domestic violence. They are now helping others to be free from abuse.

During a meeting organised by Nishtha where state level government officials along with others were present, Amiya said sorry for his actions and expressed how he is proud to be an active volunteer in the struggle against violence.

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."

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