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.
Nov 20, 2014

Training teachers to use creative teaching methods

The Karuna Trust is working towards keeping 10,000 kids in education in the region of Sangamner, Maharashtra, India. One crucial aspect of achieving our goal is making sure that children’s learning environments are engaging as possible.

Traditional teaching styles in India often use out-dated rote learning methods. This style of teaching is boring and leaves many children struggling to keep up. Faced with an uninspiring class room experience and difficulty meeting grades, many children drop out of school to work in unskilled manual labour jobs.

Modern teaching techniques take advantage of participative and engaging classroom methods. Children are inspired to learn and as a result gain better grades. As part of the project we train hundreds of pre and primary school teachers in participative classroom practices that keep children engaged and interested.

Here you will find some of the pictures from our latest teacher training day.

Nov 20, 2014

Rajashree becomes skilled and indpendent

“On completion of my course from the project I received a certificate. With this I was able to get a loan from the local project self-help group to start my own business. Now I am very happy”

Rajashree, 23, lives with her husband, son, daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law in the area of Kasalagar, Pune, India. Prior to coming into contact with the project she spent most of her time at home cleaning and caring for her family. She was dependent on her husband and the £150 per month he earned from his job as a driver. One day she saw a notice for the stitching and tailoring classes provided by the project. She went home and discussed it with her family, who agreed it was a good idea to enrol in the course.

“I started my tailoring class, there my tailoring teacher is very good in teaching skills, whenever I got trouble in cutting and stitching, she explains me and makes things easy for me to learn”.

With the help of her teacher, Rajashree cut and stitched her first blouse within 20 days of starting the course. After that, she started by saving money for her family and friends by doing their stitching for them at home.

However she quickly progressed in confidence and decided to go the local women’s self-help group run by the project to seek a loan to start a small tailoring business. Despite some initial problems Rajashree quickly became a skilled tailor and currently she is earning her own income through her business. Now she feels much more independent and has money of her own to use as she needs.

Rajashree is very thankful to the project for the opportunity it has given her. Without it she would still be confined to home and dependent on her husband’s salary for income.

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Oct 29, 2014

Getting The Whole Community Behind Kids' Education Photo Update

Karuna works to get 10,000 kids into education in Mahrashtra, India. Vital to our goal is that all sections of the villages we work in are behind the education of their children. This includes parents, teachers, village elders and government officials. Often children are taken from school as a result of financial pressure felt by parents. It costs money to send a child to school. There is also the lost income a child would have earned had they been working.

Karuna and our project partners have addressed this issue by giving the communities they work in new skills to gain safe employment. The project leaders run 200 women's Self Help Group's in which members are taught skills to secure better paid alternative employment. Skills learnt include sewing, basic banking and financial skills and running a small business. The self help groups also run a savings and loan scheme for group members. In the last 6 months of the project 144 loans have been given for alternative employment purposes to group members.

With the money gained from the wages earned, families can afford to keep their children out of menial labour and in school.      

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