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.
Jul 17, 2015

Programme Manager's Report July 2015

Karuna Programme Manager Jonathan Clark
Karuna Programme Manager Jonathan Clark

Bellow is the Karuna Programme Manager's project summary for the last year's work. 

The team have established a relationship of trust and equality with all stakeholders who now have a strong sense of ownership of the project. Most impressive of all is the role parents are playing in the management of the schools and in raising funds for infrastructural work and other needed resources. An informal network of school teachers has also come into being during this year where exchange of resources and learning takes place.

Through Karuna’s regular oversight, we identified areas of improvements for the project and worked together with our partner to strengthen and improve delivery, and ensure sustainability of their work. We put our partner in contact with a local expert who assisted them in putting in place a good system of monitoring progress of vocational training students and in undertaking a market survey to identify areas of demand and develop a more robust placement strategy with the local industries.

We also encouraged the project to develop a more systematic and sustainable relationship with the local education authorities by sharing their successful education improvement model. The team followed our recommendation and has now successfully become “Master Trainer”, undertaking teacher training for the local education department. The project has also been appointed as the NGO representative on the Women’s Development Committee set up to address issues faced by rural women; and as the NGO representative of the government child development services Anganwadi Development Programme.

Jun 24, 2015

First month of work

distribution of supplies
distribution of supplies

Thanks to everyone who has supported Karuna's fundraising for the Green Tara Trust's work in Nepal.

I'm posting a number of updates now from the past months of work. This is the first - a summary of the initial relief activities and lots of pictures from the first month. 

Thanks to the support we recieved, in the weeks frollowing the earthquake, we were able to:

  • Conduct a rapid needs assessment locally, including a meeting with municipality officials, local women's networks and members of women's groups.
  • Met with local health facility staff and listed the emergency medicines needed for disaster and epidemic prevention and control
  • Bought 160 tents from Butwal and provided rice, lentils, salt and oil to the poorest families.
  • Sanitation and hygeine kits were bought and distributed at Daxinkali and Chhaimale. There are plans to distribute other emergency suppies there (such as blankets, torches etc.)
  • The priority is now controlling the outbreak of any epidemics locally. A staff member a volunteer are helping to promote proper waste disposal, the construction of temporary toilets and proper waste disposal. 
  • The main intervention beyond emergency relief will be the reconstruction of functioning birthing centres, so that women can give birth safely.

Thanks to everyone who has been able to help with this essential work.

distribution
distribution
Jun 11, 2015

Programme Manager's Summary for 2014 -15

Programme Manager Jonathan Clark
Programme Manager Jonathan Clark

As Karuna programme manager for this project I visited twice during this period (November 2014& Feb 2015) to review project activities and go through the narrative and financial reports with the team.  I have been pleased to see the level of recording of project data and reporting improve steadily over the past two years and see this current year-end report as a significant step forward in the quality of their reporting. The project now has good systems in place for tracking the number of girls participating in each program and for assessing the impact of the work on broader issues affecting adolescent girls.

This is a long- standing community-based project that has been working effectively for more than ten years in the slum districts around Pune. It draws many of its project staff from within the beneficiary community and works in a holistic way to address the specific issues facing adolescent girls living in the slums. This consistency has enabled the project team to develop and refine their experience, skills and approach over time, whilst building strong and effective community networks. For example they have developed new advocacy skills through their participation in the Maitri Network and this now gives them the confidence to liaise effectively with police, local schools and other local authorities over issues affecting adolescent girls.

Another significant new development is that they are now involving adolescent boys in some of their classes and awareness raising activities. Karuna welcomes this development as we see it as essential to involve boys as well as girls in seeking to bring about a sustainable, long- term shift in gender attitudes. 

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