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.
May 30, 2011

The sky's the limit

Holding a blouse that she has sewn
Holding a blouse that she has sewn

When I was in India visiting the project, I got to speak to Shubanghi who has been going to sewing classes run by the project. I was quite amazed by how much impact learning this skill seemed to have had on her life. What remains strong in my mind is her drive and enthusiasm when she spoke about her ideas about the future.

Here is her story:

Name: Shubanghi Raju Diwar - beneficiary of women’s sewing class

Background

I started sewing classes six months ago and have completed the course now. When I started I had never earned any money in hand. I just relied on my husband all the time. One person’s money wasn’t enough. Karunaprabha came here and I came to know about the project. She said I could earn my own money and I wouldn’t have to pay fees to learn how to do this. I thought it was a good thing. My husband didn’t want me to leave the house - he wanted me to just stay home and look after the kids. But after I started to learn sewing and I could sew things, he liked it - he even helps me with it now! I taught him how to sew and he does it too! He comes home from work after 3, eats lunch and then he helps me with the sewing.

Thoughts about the future

Now I just want to take this further and further. I can do blouses now and I want to learn fashion design and doing dresses. I could open my own shop or work from home.

What has been the biggest change in your life since doing the sewing classes?

The biggest change has been that before I didn’t have the confidence or aspiration to do anything with my life. Now it’s changed and I want to do lots of new things.

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May 30, 2011

Rising through Reading

I take being able to read and write so much for granted, that hearing Chaitali's story made me realise that these skills are a gift, a gift that not everyone in the world is able to have.

Chaitali's Story - Aged 8

Mr. Kailash Shinde, his wife Archana and their three children live in the village of Watkhal. The village and agricultural land was flooded with the building of the Pimpalgaon Joge Dam.  This is a tribal area and as employment opportunities are almost nil, both Kailash and his wife are working as wage labourers on roads and building sites away from home.

Chaitali is the eldest daughter and has struggled in her studies. In class she was not able to recognise letters of the alphabet and this was giving her low confidence and a feeling of inferiority. Her parents and other relatives have teased Chaitali, saying that her younger sister, Vaishali is cleverer than she is. Even the teacher has been disparaging. 

NISD’s Reading Improvement Programme (RIP) class teacher identified Chaitali and tested her ability. She achieved a D grade.  The teacher first of all encouraged Chantal’s parents to allow her to attend regular out of school classes.  Chaitali thrived in the supportive class and day by day, started showing progress in her reading and writing.  Her confidence level increased and it helped her to start mixing with other children.  The RIP class activity has thus helped one small girl to rebuild her confidence. Chaitali is now working hard on her education.  This will definitely bring a positive change in her life.  

By supporting this project, let's continue to give children like Chaitali the gift of reading and writing.

May 23, 2011

I am courageous now

Jyoti
Jyoti

Jyoti's story shows how this project is slowly but surely creating a new generation of empowered young women -  

Jyoti Tusamad, Aged 15 years (participant of Life Skills class)

One day Dr. Mune madam came to my house and gave information to my mother about the life skills class and asked her to send me to the class.

She teaches us about confidence -  which factors affect our confidence. Through this class we have visited an orphanage. We felt very sad when we saw the condition of the children and infants there.

Through the bank visit we got information and the confidence to open a savings account in it. I can save money and also can withdraw money from my bank account.

We very much enjoyed the adventure camp at Mumbai (Bombay- at Karjat), especially the valley crossing which was very adventurous. We stayed there for two days.

We also learned about the menstruation cycle, and hygiene and how to take care of our body. I also participated in an environment camp arranged in our school and got to know many important things about the environment.

The life skill class has developed confidence in me, so much so that I decided to become a air hostess.

In the future I will oppose any kind of calamity or disaster in my life. I am courageous now.

 

 

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