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.
Sep 11, 2015

Dattatray Starts Out On His Career

Dattatray, 24, comes from the village of Kakadwadi. He is from a very poor family. Dattatray was able to fund his university studies by doing night shift work in a hospital. After completing a Bachelor of the Arts he looked hard for local employment opportunities to support his parents and younger brother. However given the poor employment outlook in the region he was unable to find work. Dattatray described himself as being completely frustrated and depressed.

In September 2014 a worker from the Karuna project was visiting Dattatray’s village to lead a workshop on employment opportunities for young people in the village. Dattatray and other young people at the meeting shared their hopes for the future and their frustrations that much of the skills training courses required by employers were unaffordable. The project worker took the details of those attending and the skills they were interested in developing.

In November of 2014, with encouragement from the project team, Dattatray enrolled in the Digital Photography course. Making the 22km trip each day for three months he applied himself and started to develop his skills as a photographer. He learnt natural photography, passport photos, family and functional photos and event photography.

Following the completion of the course Dattatray searched for a loan to purchase his own camera. After many refusals his uncle loaned Dattatray the money. Using this he bought a second hand camera, a table, chair and rented a small room to start his photography studio. Soon he was earning enough income to live independently.  

Now Dattatray is a confident young man. He has plans for the future to expand his business after he has paid his uncle back fully. He is now supporting his parents and helping to put his younger brother through education. Dattatray is very grateful for the opportunity to start out in his career. None of this would have been possible without the help of the project’s supporters.

Aug 25, 2015

Gazala Gains Security and Confidence

Gazala is 19 years old. She lives with her parents, brother and two sisters in the Bhimnagar Slum in Vishrantwadi. The family live in a single room house with tin walls and tin roof for shelter.   

Gazala first heard of the project through a survey of the needs of the local community being conducted by the project team. At the time Gazala was unemployed, out of school, and with little to occupy her. The family was struggling to survive on her father’s £60 per month income.

With encouragement from the project workers, Gazala enrolled in the projects 4 month tailoring course with the hope of helping her family. Though she was unsure of herself and slow to ask questions she soon gained confidence. Gazala now runs her own small business stitching clothes for the local community. Her £50 per month income allows the family to live with greater security.

Having experienced the benefits of the project Gazala now enrolls other girls from her neighborhood into the project. She is one of the many examples of individual transformation created by the project.

Aug 25, 2015

Health Programme Update

Here are the results of the team's report on the project's educational work in the 2013 -14 period.

Progress Towards Outcomes 

  • Supplementary nutrition was provided to 3,416 children (1,723 boys, 1,693 girls). Medicine was provided to 108 children (79 boys, 101 girls) due to this 1087 children (408 boys, 679 girls) improved their weight and health.
  • 712 children (362 boys, 350 girls) have benefitted from the care giver programme. 683 care givers were encouraged and motivated to follow better child care practices, hygienic habits, feeding, immunization, growth monitoring, entertainment and other aspects of child development.  This led to proper care of the children and their growth and it is found that 579 care givers adopted positive child care practices as a result.
  • A number of programmes were organised in the villages to raise awareness on hygiene and sanitation. 7,089 men and 6,608 women were reached through this means.
  • During this year 919 toilets were constructed with the support of the team. Apart from this 888 families constructed their own toilets due to awareness raised.

Challenges 

  • Construction of toilets was a challenge due to the high contribution cost of £70 - £80 expected of the beneficiary group. People particularly from the most deprived communities found it extremely difficult to make the financial contributions. As a result of the involvement of government authorities and provision of loans by the self-help groups the team supported 2,350 families to undertake the work.

Lessons Learned

  • Project beneficiaries were employed in other aspects of the project wherever possible. The project has asked the women who were on the tailoring course to make uniforms for the less well-off students. Similarly the youth who completed the masonry training were employed to undertake the toilet construction work under this project. This improves overall sustainability for the project.
 
   

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