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.
Oct 11, 2011

Turning things around

Ashwini, her two brothers and parents stay in Pokhari village.  Her father has a small piece of land which he works on.  Income used to be solely dependent on the mercy of rainfall.  Ashwini is a clever girl - she used to always get good marks in her exams.  After 10th standard her parents did not send her to school so she started helping her parents on the land. Her brother also started doing labour work after 10th standard. Ashwini is a member of the youth group and during one meeting  she came to know about the  Hospital Assistant course.

Ashwini’s family did not have proper housing. The project helped them to build a house through a Habitat housing project, and also helped them in the development of dairy business. As a result their business increased.

 

The social worker of the project talked with Ashwini’s parents about sending her  for further education. But as her parents were reluctant, he gave them information about the Hospital Assistant course that NISD was planning to start.  He convinced them to send Ashwini for this course.  Her mother agreed in the end. Ashwini was also happy - at least she could get some education, so she agreed to do course which she completed successfully.   

 

Present Situation:

She completed the course successfully and has got a job in a hospital where she gets a monthly salary of Rs. 2000/-.  Ashwini and her parents are very happy through just a three-month course, Ashwini got a good job and is contributing to her family income.

Oct 4, 2011

Nishtha wins Award

We are very pleased to hear that Nishtha, our partner in India who implements this project have one an award. The title that they won is 'Volunteer Involving NGO of the year', conferred onto them by the Appejay India Volunteer Awards 2011.

In practice, this aware celebrates how Nishtha is capacity-building and entrusting local volunteers at all levels of the project. For example, volunteers are involved at a grassroots level during the planning of projects, and then go on to help with implementation - be it as peer educators, community mobilisers and women's group facilitators.

 

Karuna is very pleased and proud to be affiliated with Nishtha, who are changing the lives not only of adolescent girls in West Bengal, but are giving local people the opportunity and capacity to contribute to the upliftment of disadvantaged people.

Oct 4, 2011

High Hopes

Name:  Sunil Vitthal Ghule

Village:  Pokhari

Course - Electrical & Home Appliances Repair

Education: 9th standard

Age:  21Yrs.

Situation before participating in the project:  Sunil resides in Pokhari village. His father is doing labour work, his mother does house work and his elder brother is in the first year of his degree course. Sunil failed in the 9th standard and he left school.  He used to do jobs like feeding the cows and getting water or go with his father for labour work. 

 

Sunil failed in 9th std and stopped going to school. Project staff tried convincing him to go to school, but did not succeed.  When NISD staff were giving information about vocational training courses to be started for the youth, his mother was present.  She gave information about the course to Sunil and motivated him.  Sunil was not very convinced,  so he met NISD staff and got detailed information.  Once convinced he decided to complete the course.  He took admission for the Electrical & Home Appliances Repair course and completed this 3 month duration course successfully.

 

Present Situation: Though Sunil completed the course and is willing to work in a near town, dyu but due to his father’s sickness, he is not able to go out for work.  This has forced Sunil to work in the same village, and work in their field as well as look after their animals. So despite Sunil now being trained to work in better conditions, he is as yet unable to. We have hopes that he will be able to in the future.  

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