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.
May 23, 2012

Case Study: Mrs. Kusum Bhanudas Sabale

Kusum is proud to be working her own land.
Kusum is proud to be working her own land.

Age: 28   

Educated until:  7th  std. 

Address:  At Sabalewadi, Post. Sangnore, Tal. Junnar, Dist.  Pune.

Mrs. Kusum’s family consists of herself, her husband, her two daughters, her son and her in-laws. They live in Sabalewadi village, described as "a tribal and most backward area of Pune district." Kusum’s family lost their fertile land due to construction of Pimpalgaon Joge dam. The fertile land was submerged, and all that remains is on the slopes and barren. This meant Kusum had to work on others' fields, walking 14-15 km daily one way. Their life as wage labourers was very difficult, as only Kusum and her husband could work to support the seven of them. Also, because they had to leave the house very early and returned very late, they were not able to look after either the children, or the elderly in-laws.

A few months back Kusum joined a Self-help Group and started saving Rs. 20 per month from her meager income.  NISD’s representative told her about the Land Leveling Scheme implemented by NISD and how it could will help to make their remaining sloped land productive. Kusum discussed with his family members but they had no money. Kusum’s Self-help Group helped by giving her a loan. Thus Kusum leveled 2 acres of unproductive, barren land. Family members started cultivating this land, growing crops such as millet, wheat and various vegetables. They produced a paddy in the rainy season, and reaped much food and grain. From the profit they not only repaid the loan but also dug a well in their field to solve irrigation problem.  Now both husband and wife work in their own field as proud farmers and fulfill all their family needs from the income. Kusum can now take time to care for the children, their education and her elderly in-laws. 

This is all thanks to the Self-help Group; only possible through the generosity of the donors.

May 23, 2012

"You are all very kind!"

Rubina is second from right.
Rubina is second from right.

Name:                     Rubina Chand Patel

Age:                        17 years

Education:              12th STD

Address:                  Phule Nagar, Vishrantwadi.

 Rubina says: “Aap bahot acche ho! Aap ne to hamari zindagi badal dee!!”

(You are all very kind! You have changed our lives!)

"My family has seven members. Father is wage labourer and mother is a house wife. My elder sister is married and my brother is working at 'diamond pool'. My younger brother and sister are in school.

I am in 12th STD in an Urdu school called Anjuman Islam.

One day I came to know about the life skill classes. In our community girls from our religion are not usually allowed out of the house. Fortunately, the life skills class teachers came to my house and my friend’s and persuaded our parents to send us to the classes. We wear our Muslim 'Burkha', and come to class. I don't like to wear it, as it covers our whole body and face.

We started to go to life skills classes which were conducted in a common community space in our neighbourhood.

We very much enjoyed the life skills classes. We received valuable knowledge and information from teachers at the class.  We learnt about the police station and bank; what and where they are. We learnt about the menstrual cycle. We also learnt what child abuse is. All of these things are really important for us to know, but we didn't know anything about these things before. Our parents are also pleased that we have learnt about these things from the classes."

May 8, 2012

Case Study: Abhishek Babaji Jedgule

Abhishek
Abhishek

Abhishek Babaji Jedgule              Age: 10      Standard:  4th in Zillha Parishad School Saikhindi 

 

Abhishek belongs to a poor family.  His father Babaji is doing Clerical work in a Pvt. Office and mother roll bidies.  Ahbishek and his family live in village Saikhindi, which is a remote and dry village.

Two years back Ahishek was an isolated boy who spoke very little, with family as well as others.  He had very low confidence, and was struggling with his studies.  NISD’s support class teacher and social workers identified and admitted him, when he was in 3rd standard, into the Reading Improvement Programme (Support Class).   He secured 40% marks in the baseline test organised by NISD. He was not able to read, write and understand the alphabet. This lead him to poor results in class. He slowly revealed to his social worker his lack of confidence, and therefore why he would not speak to others. The Support Class teacher taught him different songs, stories , games to help him gain confidence.  He also admitted in the Chotu Balpanchayat Group ( Child Parliament of Young Children).  This group gave him number of friends and he started communicating with others more confidently.  His increased confidence and attention helped him to complete the syllabus of Reading Improvement Part- I.  He got 55 marks in that.  After this, the Support Class teacher enrolled him in Reading Improvement Part-II and greater attention was paid to his studies.  Due to this he got 75% marks in mid term test and 90%  in the final test.  Now Abhishek mixes with his friends, school mates and villagers quite easily and confidently.  His reading and writing skills have improved. He is regular in the school and his school performance is also improved greatly. 

Thanks to all of you for providing opportunity to NISD to bring these children in the mainstream of education and saved Abhishek from a possible dropout. Abhishek's right to education is protected through this project.

 

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