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 7, 2012

A smile on Krutik's face

Krutik
Krutik

NAME:  Krutik Mukesh Shinde.

AGE:  7.  

STANDARD:  2nd.

 Krutik lives in Jakhuri village, his maternal grandfather’s village, along with his mother and younger sister Vaishanavi. Krutik’s father died one year before, due to HIV/AIDS, and his paternal grandfather and other family members did not allow them to stay there, fearing that his mother and children may also infected.  Krutik’s mother therefore returned to her father’s village.  However here too, his maternal uncle's family would not let them live in the house, and Krutik’s mother, the two children and her elderly father lived separately in a tin shed.  She somehow managed to scrape together enough to cover their living costs through wage labouring on farms.

When school started this year, Krutik was in 2nd standard, but due to their financial situation, his mother was not able to buy a uniform, educational materials etc. for Krutik. It was therefore decided that instead of going to school, Krutik should look after neighbour’s goats and earn some money for the family.

In the same time NISD’s enrolment drive was on in Jakhuri village and one of the social workers visited Krutik’s family. He immediately put the case forward to the project.  NISD staff counselled Krutik’s mother and encouraged her to enrol Krutik in the school.  They also sought cooperation from the school authority and provided a uniform, educational material and motivational support  to Krutik and his mother.  Thus Krutik’s started going to school regularly. 

Because Krutik’s mother was going to work, there was a concern that Krutik would be forced to look after his sister. To avoid this risk, NISD staff enrolled Vaishnavi in the pre-school, recently started by NISD.  Thus both Krutik and Vaishnavi are studying and their mother, without any worry, can go to work.

Thanks to your generosity, children have the opportunity  to be supported in their education, instead of going into work. 

Thank you. 

Krutik
Krutik's home
Sep 7, 2012

Vaishali, now employed

Name                                     : Vaishali Rachappa Koli.

Age                                         : 19 years

Education                              : 12th STD

Background:

I am from a family of 5. My father is daily wage labourer and my mother is a house wife. I am very happy to share my joy with you. I passed my 12th exam with good marks. But after finishing my exams, I was not able to decide where to engage myself in this vacation, and so I was at home. Members from the project team came to my house once and gave information about the ' smile' twin e-learning course at their organization, and I enrolled for it.

The teachers impressed me with how kind they were. They also helped us to enroll in different activities in this course. The visits to the mall and lectures about retail management built our confidence to apply for jobs.

This course has made me feel independent. My family members and neighbours all believe this course has had a positive effect. 

I am very grateful to the project staff.

Jul 31, 2012

Shweta Salve

Name of Beneficiary:  Shweta Navnaath Salve

Age: 17 years

Education: 11th STD

I, Shweta Navnath Salve, have sat the S.S.C. examination [an examination for government jobs]. Such a thing marks a great turnaround in my life, which has only been possible due to the work of the project. 

After joining the classes there has been a radical change in my mind, in my personality, in my nature and my ability to think about things.

I have been living in Shantinagar since my childhood. It is clearly a 'slum', and in my experience, the surroundings and atmosphere around us clearly influence the way we think.

After I completed my 10th standard examination, I had to do something with myself in the holidays. I therefore joined the classes to learn spoken English, and basic computer skills. 

Before, I used to think that teachers were only good for teaching their subject. But here I see that they serve as good examples, and that I can change myself for the better, as well as learn whatever I am being taught. I have learned so much here. So much of what I've learned is important for my personal development. My secondary school education is over now, and I will go to college and probably try and find some work as well. But before I did not know anything about how adanced the world is before, when all I know was the four walls of my house and my school. But I learnt about myself in these life skills classes. The teacher and other girls have impressed my with their softness, their kindness. Not only this, but they have provided a useful practical service. Now I can look critically at this society and my position. I hope to live in a wiser way than this, and to have a job also.

I am very grateful to the project staff.

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