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.
Feb 9, 2016

Vilas Benefits His Local School

The project team works closely with school management committees to help create better schools that keep children engaged and learning. Below is the story of Vilas and his work with the project team to improve his local school.     

Vilas is 42. He lives in Virbhadranagar village with his two sons and wife. Vilas’ sons attend the local school in Virbhadranagar. In 2010 Vilas was asked to join the school management committee to help develop the school’s ability to educate local children. He agreed and started to learn of the schools difficulties. The school had low student participation, poor teaching standards and infrastructural problems. In 2011 Vilas became the school management committee president.  

In 2012 Vilas contacted the project team seeking help in improving school standards. He attended training and worked closely with the team on how to improve school enrollment and teacher ability. Vilas went on exposure visits to local high performing schools and got advice on how to implement positive changes. The project team helped Vilas to create a plan of action to bring his own school’ standards up.    

With Vilas’ guidance the school started organizing cultural programmes, educational tours and mid-day meals for the students. The school management committee started local fundraising for the development of the school and raised £890. The project supported the cost of a digital classroom in the school which included computers and projectors.

Since 2012 the school increased its enrollment from 53 students to 78, early childhood dropouts have been eradicated and the school has moved from C Grade to B Grade under local government evaluation. Vilas is very happy with the results of his work. None of this could have happened without the support of the project and its supporters.

Jan 29, 2016

Violence against women awareness raising

Rikshaw poster
Rikshaw poster

At the end of last year, all Maitri partners had 2 weeks of working in their project areas, to raise awareness of the topic of violence against women.

The campaign targeted over 21,000 people, and was undertaken by 11 organisations.

It addressed a number of varied topics, namely:

Domestic violence

Sexual harassment

Rape

Manual scavenging

Female infanticide

Dowry issues

Legal/rights awareness

It targeted not only women, but also:

Adolescent girls and boys

Men

Teachers

Activities included

Rallies: for example JanSahas conducted an 11 day march in the 6 districts of MP

Awareness camps

Meetings with government officials

Memorandums submitted to relevant government departments

Street plays/street theatre

Drawing competitions and essay writing on VAW

Workshops/capacity building on related themes

Medical camps for women

It covered the following states

Maharashtra

West Bengal

Tamil Nadu/Pondicherry

Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan (Through Jan Sahas)

Haryana, Jharkand ,Bihar, Delhi (through CADAM/NACDOR)

We are still gathering information about the indivuidual successes in varius areas, but please see below the pictures from some poster making and an exhibition by local girls in Amravati district of Maharastra.

Thank you so much for allowing this work to take place through your donations!

poster 1
poster 1
poster 2
poster 2
girls put up posters
girls put up posters
Exhibition
Exhibition
Jan 12, 2016

Moana Gets Her Confidence Back

Moana is 19 years old. She lives with her two sisters and one brother in the Vishrantwadi slum district of Pune. Moana dropped out of school in 12 Standard.

In the time after she left school she did little but sit at home and watch popular Indian soap operas on TV. She first came across the project when the team called to her door to take a survey of women and girls in her area prior to starting project activities.

Moana was at first very hesitant to travel alone through the slum to get to the project’s sewing classes. Like many girls her age she faced potential verbal and physical abuse from local boys each time she left the house alone. She insisted on her father dropping her to the project’s classes.

Moana in staying at home and not communicating with her peers had lost much of her confidence and was very shy in project activities. She was unable to look people in the eye for example and would attend all the project activities except the personality development classes which she found too difficult.   

But she soon made friends with the other girls who encouraged her to open up more in class. Now Moana describes the project team “as family”. Recently she made the journey from home to the project center entirely by herself and has become confident in challenging verbal abuse from local boys.   

Moana has completed her sewing training and in the future wants to work in fashion design. She also wants to earn to be able to give back to the project. None of this could have happened without the support of the project and its generous supporters.   

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