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 20, 2011

Breaking the cycle

Prakash, the project leader was kind enough to answer some questions that I asked him about his involvement and experience with the project.

 Question: How and why did you become involved in this work?

Answer: 

After completing my MA in Economics I decided to go for Master of Social Work (MSW).  After receiving MSW degree I worked with grass root NGO for 4 years, funding organisation for another four years and there after decided to start a small work where I can use my education, experience and knowledge for the betterment of down trodden people of my area.  I belong to Sangamner area so I started my work there.  Since my child hood I was seeing processions and marches of Bidi Rollers for their lawful rights and was slightly aware with their problems.  Sangamner is a pocket where bidi business is concentrated and women of  around 50 villages are earning bread by rolling bidies.   In the initial stage I got support from OXFAM to conduct an action research on Problems of Bidi Rollers which helped me to learn more about their problems .

Question: What is your vision for the children involved in your project?

Answer: 

Bidi Rolling is a cycle and after mother or mother-in-law the daughter or daughter-in-law take over this work.  I thought that NISD was small agency so we couldn't provide meaningful employment to bidi rollers to keep them away from hazardous work.  But we can bring some comfort in their lives by way of taking different activities.  However I was very sure that we can at least save the lives of young generation and stop them to come in this business. This is possible by taking steps on children’s health, education and skill building program.

My and NISD’s  vision is “We want a world where inequality based on class, gender and religion is absent and no person will get exploited by any one.  We want a world where basic needs become basic rights and where poverty and all forms of exploitation are eliminated.  Each person will have the opportunity to develop her or his full potential and creativity, which will lead him/her towards sustainable development.”

Jun 20, 2011

Big Challenges

Karunaprabha, leader of the project in Pune tells us about the biggest challenges that she and her team have faced when working to empower the girls -

Question:

What have been the biggest challenges for you in your work?

Answer:

In the age group that we work with, girls rarely go out of the house- they aren't allowed. So it is often quite a task to try and convince parents to let them come to our activities. Another problem, even when they are allowed, is that many of the girls in the slums are addicted to watching tv serials so they often decide not to attend the sessions. This habit can catch on to other girls, as just like most adolescents this age, they are very susceptible to peer pressure.

Jun 13, 2011

Big changes

I thought it'd be interesting to get Karunaprabha (the leader of this project in Pune) to share her thoughts about aspects of the project. She kindly answered a series of questions for me, which I'll be sharing with you in the next few weeks! 

Question: What do you see as the biggest successes that you have seen in your work?

Answer:

1. First of all, our efforts mean that we've been successful in creating a supportive environment where the girls can build their self-esteem and confidence.

2. Another big change has been the fact they they all eat healthy food now, and they know about the impact of food on their well-being.

3. It's lovely to see them all interact with one another and make friends - so different to the isolation that many faced before.

4. A major step has been how girls are becoming financially empowered through having done vocational training.

5. The girls really are becoming agents in their own lives, participating in decision-making over issues that affect their own lives. 

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