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 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
Dec 22, 2015

Sarala's story

Sarala
Sarala

Hear from Sarala, a widow who has benefitted from your donations:

"My name is Ms. Sarala. I have been staying in Perambai village in Vannur block Villupuram, Tamil Nadu for 24 years. I am 37 years old and a member of the Dalit community.  I am a widow, my husband Mr. Plalani passed away 6 months ago because of alcoholism. I have four girls and the eldest one, Saranya, got married recently at the age of 19.  My next daughter is Remya and she is18.  My two eldest girls stopped their studies in 8th class because we didn't have sufficient resources to pay for their education. Since then, Remya has been taking care of the household works when I go out for coolly work. My two youngest children I have managed to keep in education. My third daughter is Kousalya. She is 15 years and she attends a school nearby government school. The youngest one is Illakya, is an 11 year-old girl , who studies in 8th standard in the same school.

I go to coolly job (informal daily labourer) which is not a regular job and is not sufficient to purchase daily food items. For this reason, I took a loan from money lenders to help pay for the daily expenditure of my family. My house is made up of bricks and clay and is thatched. Due to heavy rain and floods, the roof of my house got broken and the walls made of brick and clay fell down. I don’t have money to build any temporary shelter facility and didn’t get any help from government authorities also. Still I am staying there in the same house with my daughters which are not safe and fully leaked whenever a rain comes. Since the heavy rains, I haven't had any work to do because the agricultural fields nearby got destroyed. I am unable to feed my daughters and to send the younger to school because they lost their books, uniform and other stationery during the heavy rains. I am also facing difficulties in meeting the health , sanitary needs and dressing of my daughters in the adolescent age. I am not getting any widow pension from the government."

Our partners have been able to provide support for Sarala and her daughters so she now has basic shelter, food and medical needs being met. Thank you.

Dec 9, 2015

December Project Progress Update

Programme Manager Jonathan Clark
Programme Manager Jonathan Clark

The project has reported back on progress for the second half of the year’s activities. The team has reported good progress. Below are some bullet point highlights from the report. 

Programme Manager's Summary

In November Karuna’s new programme manager, Lizzie Guiness visited the project to carry out a series of interviews with beneficiaries. She reported that the girls interviewed expressed clear understanding of child and women’s rights and had a clear sense of their future life direction and career options. Many girls expressed an interest in working in sectors that would support the transformation of women’s lives such as the law and the police. The girls also shared that they had been challenging views within their family around education and early marriage. Some of the young women, predominantly from Muslim families, shared that previously they had been forbidden by male relatives from leaving the home. Through the support workers engagement with the family, trust was developed and the girls were able to access training and support (particularly in sewing skills) and were keen to use any earnings from dress-making to support their own education in the future.

The project operates a successful volunteering program with links to the local international girl- guide centre and local companies. As a result of a series of volunteer placements the Trust received a donation of around £3,000 from a local tech company.

In November two members of the team participated in a Karuna project planning workshop in Nagpur focusing on project planning using a logical framework model. Over the next few months a new Programme manager based in Pune will be taking over grant managing the project. She will be working closely with the project managers to review the project plan and help them improve their systems for evaluation and reporting.

 

Major Achievments Towards Project Goals 

  • 90 out of the 119 women trained are in paid employment following training.
  • In a strong display of confidence two girls involved in the project filed incidence reports with the local police station against young men who had been verbally harassing them in the slum district. The girls were supported by 20 of their friends who went to the local police station with them to demand that the police end the verbal abuse. As cat calling and intimidation is one of the major reasons girls stay indoors in India it is positive that girls involved in the project have taken a stand against this using the skills they were taught from the project team. The girls faced some social backlash from taking the action. The project is now helping them with this.
  • The team started study sessions for boys. The project came to the decision that they needed to work with young boys to address their attitudes to women from an early age. Boys had also requested they join activities when they saw the benefit to their sisters.
  • 10 girls have agreed with their family to postpone their marriage so they can continue their education. This shows girls engaged in the project are developing enough confidence to start shaping their own futures. This is unusual in the project area.         
 
   

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