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 22, 2013

2 year old Tamanna, diagnosed and saved

Tamanna
Tamanna

“Timely guidance, help and financial assistance for medical treatment, saved the life of 2 year old Tamanna.”

Situation Before Intervention:

Tamanna is 2 years old, and lives with her parents in 'Karule village'. Her father is a driver but becasue his income is not sufficient to sustain the household of 5, her mother also has to work as a wage labourer. With her parents away for the whole day, she stays with her grandmother.

One day Tamanna was not well. Her grandmother believed it to be a normal cough and cold. The fever continued to many days, but her mother simply hoped that she would become alright within a day or two.

NISD Intervention:

When the NISD staff heard of Tamanna's illness, they went there immediately and took Tamanna for a medical check-up. NISD's doctor checked her and referred her to their child specialist, Dr Jadhav. After blood and haemoglobin tests, she was diagnosed with jaundice. Her parents did not have any moeny for her treatment, but NISD's financial support meant they could begin treatment straight away. Tamanna started improving and recovered from her sickness. The doctor said if she had not arrived when she did, it would have been difficult to save her life. NISD covered all the medical costs.

Current situation:

Now Tamanna is well and gaining her weight day by day. Now she is coming to crèche regularly and participates in all the the project activities such as studying, playing, singing songs etc. Now the pre-school teacher is in a postition to monitor Tamanna’s health. 

Comments of Parents:

Tamanna's father reflects that things could have been very difficult if the NISD doctor had not checked Tamanna, and due to their financial situation especially, they would have likely lost their child.

Timely guidance, help and financial assistance for medical treatment, saved the life of 2 year old Tamanna.

Tamanna's parents are grateful to Karuna and NISD for their timely support which saved the life of their young child. 

This could not have happened without your support. Thank you.

Dec 26, 2012

Preeti Thakur - Computer Class beneficiary

Priti and her parents
Priti and her parents

Name: -                                                Preeti Shatrughna Thakur

Education: -                                         11TH STD

Age:                                                     16 years

Story:

I am very happy to share my joy with you.

I passed my 10th grade exam with good marks, but after finishing my exams, I didn't know what to do with myself, and so remained stuck at home. Some project workers cam to my house one day to tell me about the computer courses they were running. I was interested, but used to go with my father, as I was scared of doing anything on my own.

My experience and feelings:

After joining the project I have been able to build my self-esteem and started thinking very positively about my own existence. As well as the computer classes, I have participated in many different activities and workshops such as the pre-marriage conselling, information sessions on HIV and AIDS, and workshops on personality development.

Not only has this all helped to build my self-confidence, it has also changed my parents attitudes. They now give me a freedom to think for myself, to make my own decisions, to go to classes, and they are thinking about higher education for me rather than marriage.

They seem to no longer be troubled that they only have daughters and no sons!

Dec 21, 2012

Serving the sick and finding her feet

Shabana
Shabana

Situation before intervention:

Shabana is a 20 year old Muslim girl, who lives in Pallaskhed Village with her 50 year old mother. The village is 18km from Sangamner. People of the village depend mainly on agricultureand so are entirely at the mercy of the irregular rainfall. They face problems of water scarcity both for agriculture and household purposes. 

After the death of Shabana’s father, her mother earned a meagre income through daily wage labour. This was not sufficient to cover family expenses as well as Shabana's educational costs, so she was forced to stop studying after the 12th standard. Instead she remained at home, heavy-hearted, and in time began helping her mother as a labourer.

Situation after intervention:

The NISD selected Palaskhed village for the project, and the Reading Improvement Programme worker visited. Shabana received from her information about free vocational training courses run by NISD, for the needy youth.  Shabana applied for the Hospital Assistant course and was selected. It was a turning point Shabana's life, her wish of further study fulfilled in the form of training.

Shabana is now 20 years old. Over 3 years ago she left school to help her mother by working as a wage labourer. Now she is attending the course, living and studying in a sincere and disciplined way. She has completed the 'theory' part of her course, and is now completing the 'practical' at Dr. Gadekar Hospital.

She recieved this opportunity due to her attitude of wanting to serve the sick and the poor, her hard work and her disciplined behavior. Her confidence has increased and now she feels she will be able to find employment in hospitals after the course. She has a clear goal in her life now - meaningful and dignified service of the sick.

Shabhana and her mother are grateful for this opportunity, which has been provided to her completely free of charge.

 
   

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