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.
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.   

Jan 8, 2016

Meera Empowered to Help Her Students

Meera is 51. She came from a very poor farming family in the village of Kotul. Meera became a teacher and started work in a government school in 1984. She worked hard to improve the teaching standards in the school and went to many professional teacher training courses to improve her teaching ability.  

Despite Meera’s efforts, the school where she taught was not a good experience for the children who attended there. The school was a failing school and was deemed below government standards. There were no play areas and very little awareness amidst parents on the importance of education.

The project arranged meeting’s with the teachers and the school management to start the process of improving the school’s standards. Meera attended both meetings and as a result was introduced to the team and their work.

In 2014 Meera became the principle of a school in the village of Nannajdumala. The school was predominantly children from highly marginalized caste groups such as tribal people. Meera brought in the project to work with the school and the parents. The team helped Meera create digital classrooms and a playground area. The enrollment, grades and participation rate of the school children all improved as well. Meera is very happy to see her work with the project team come to so much good. None of this would have been possible without the project and its supporters.

                             

Jan 6, 2016

Case Studies from the field

Anita
Anita

Case 1:

Rewati, 25, comes from Thulo Khairatawa VDC in Nawalparasi. Her husband is a farmer. She helps her husband in the field and does household works. Rewati is an active member of Green Tara Nepal’s health promotion groups. She delivered her second baby in newly established birthing center of Green Tara in Thulo Khairatawa VDC.

Rewati shares her second experience of child birth with Green Tara staff like this-“When I was pregnant with my first baby, I did not have knowledge about the importance of antenatal care. Me and family family did not feel it was necessary to go to hospitals for child birth. So I had my first baby delivered at home. Luckily I did not have complications back then. After joining GTN health promotion group, I have realized how important it is to have antenatal and postnatal care as well as delivery in institution with skilled birth attendants. I think I made wise decision to deliver my second baby in the birthing centre. Also, me and my husband are happy to receive the incentives ”.

Rewati’s second baby was healthy with no complications and weighed 3000gms. She also received Rs 400 as an incentive for 4 Antenatal care visits, a bag containing warm clothes for mother and baby as well as Rs 500 as travel expenses to come for institutional delivery.

Case 2:

Anita, 22 is from Somani VDC ward 4. She lives alone with her newly born baby because her husband has recently gone to Malaysia for work. Many men in Nawalparasi district go abroad for labour works leaving their families behind. Anita has just given birth to her second healthy baby in Green Tara’s birthing center in Thulokhairatawa. Her first delivery had happened at home in the absence of skilled birth attendant which could be the major reason why the child died in few hours of birth.

Anita had come into contact with Green Tara Nepal during home visits. In the beginning, she was counseled by GTN staffs about the advantages of delivery in a birthing centre. Her second delivery took place in Green Tara’s birthing center on August 26. Her baby weighed 3000gms. Delivery was normal but later swelling was identified following an internal tear in the mother. So, she was referred to Hyper center(Butwal) for complication management. Now Anita and her baby are back home, safe and healthy. Anita says-“I am glad to have birthing center in my community. Because of which I was able to come for delivery in a health institution. Also the complication could be identified earlier and I was referred. I couldn’t have been able to bear the loss of another baby”.

Anita also received Rs 400 as an incentive for 4 Antenatal care visits, a bag containing warm clothes for mother and baby as well as Rs 500 as travel expenses to come for institutional delivery. She is now one of the members of GTN’s newly formed health promotion groups in Somani VDC, Nawalparasi.

Thank you so much for supporting this essential work. Happy New Year!

Rewati
Rewati
 
   

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