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 13, 2013

Mrs Asha and her family

Mrs Asha
Mrs Asha

Mrs Asha is 41, and lives in Nannaj Dumala, in a small house with her mother, daughter and son.

Her husband died 4 years ago due to AIDS. Since then Asha has had to bear the responsibility of looking after and educating her two children, as well as caring for her aging mother. She has very little money, supporting the whole family on an income of Rs 2,000 a month.

Before the project

Not having a toilet, and like many other poor families in the are, Mrs Asha, her children and her mother defecated openly in the village. For the 3 women of the family, this would mean waiting until dark or early morning. This caused stomach problems for the women, as well as exposing them to water-bourne diseases where people were openly deficating. It also affected the self-esteem of Mrs Asha, and especially her daughter. They were not aware of basic health and hygiene practice.

The intervention

NISD began working in this village, and Mrs Asha started to get involved int he activities they were running. Through this, she came to learn much more about basic health and sanitation practices, and the risks to both themselves and others that the practice of open defication led to.

She was inspired to construct a toilet, and asked if NISD could help. The construction was mostly subsidised by NISD who provided the materials, with Mrs Asha contributing the rest from what she could save.

Now

The whole family now use the newly construced toilet and understand the importance of basic hygiene practices. This also means they can go to the toilet when they want, which has saved all kind of health problems and difficulties - especially for Mrs Asha's elderly mother. The money that has been saved on doctors bills and travel can now be used for the children's education.

Thank you for helping Mrs Asha and her family to enjoy a freedom we would all wish to have. This would not have been possible without your help.

Sep 30, 2013

Madhuri from Bhimnagar Slum

Madhuri
Madhuri

Madhuri is typical of the gilrs at the project.

22 years old, she lives in a small house, constructed of tin sheeting, with her 2 brothers, a sister-in-law, and her 2 parents, in Bhimnagar slum.

Her father is a rickshaw driver, and brings in 7,000rs a month, on which it is impossible to support a family of 6. 

Madhuri explains that she used to see other girls who were attending classes, how confident they were, and the new skills they were acquiring. 

" I wanted to help my family. This was my main concern. I really wanted to take responsibility in helping, especially because my father is getting older. I decided to enrol in the computer classes. I attended these classes for 3 months. In this time, I was also able to attend other classes that the foundation were running, such as the 'Personality Development' lectures and 'Spoken English' classes. All of these things helped me to get a job in a call centre as a call attendent."

Madhuri now earns 7,000rs a month, which means the household income is now doubled. She also expresses happiness that she no longer has to wear old clothes as she always used to have to.

"I am very grateful to the donors" she said smiling widely.

Thank you for your support which allows these girls to change their lives, and the way they are regarded in their families and communities.

Sep 30, 2013

Supplementary Nutrition for Parvez

Parvej
Parvej

Parvej is 4. He lives with his parents, 2 sisters and grandfather. The entire family are dependent upon his father's irregular daily labour work, and so their financial condition is normally precarious.

Parvej and his 6-year-old sister both attend pre-school, where it was noticed that Parevej was quite underweight.The crèche worker and NISD doctor visited Parvej's home and so the condition that he was living in. He weighed 11kg and was diagnosed as being 'grade II malnourished'. Because the family had never been able to afford enough food, Parvej had already suffered from health problems.

Intervention:

The NISD doctor advised his mother to give Parvej supplementary nutrition, in the form of 'spirulina candies', twice a day. This supplementary nutrition was to be provided free of cost by NISD. The crèche worker also encouraged the mother to attend crèche meetings on health, nutrition and child care.

Now:

Parvej's weight and health are improving. He looks a lot healthier and happier. His mother has been attending meetings also, and enjoys meeting other mothers.

Because of your support Parvej's health problems are decreasing, and his future looks much brighter.

Thank you.

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