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, 2012

Distribution of Educational Materials

Children after distribution of materials
Children after distribution of materials

This year's project activities kicked off in April. As previously reported, this includes the distribution of books, uniforms and educational materials to the thousand poorest children.

With 65% of the population living on less than a £1 a day, something as simple as these school basics can be out of the reach of so many children. Further to this, we have seen many times how Dalit children are singled out for ridicule and bullying by others because of their older shabbier clothes. 

By staying in school these children have a real opportunity to escape child labour and the cycle of poverty which has bound their families for generations. 

I am therefore very pleased to be able to share with you some pictures of the distribution of educational resources to the children identified as the poorest this year. The survey conducted by the project team identified 1009 children this year who should recieve support in this way. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Educational material distribution programme
Educational material distribution programme
Oct 11, 2012

"Without these skills maybe I would be nothing"

Priti Sewing
Priti Sewing

Here's the story of how I changed my life.

I am Priti Kachi. 18 years old. My father died when I was in school.

He was a fisherman, and my mother a housewife. She had no work stills or education so we were fighting to earn enough money for food last year. Last year I also passed my high school examination with good grades.

My older brother, who is 19, decided that I can't go to university because we don't have the money. I felt very sad, but knew that our mother was struggling to cope financially, and so I quit studying.

One day, the women from the foundation came to our house and told us about the tailoring class. My mother and brother gave me permission to go to these classes. I am happy now. I have been learning toiling skills, communication and negotiation skills and time management. Before this I was just stuck in the house, helping with chores and watching tv shows. I was becoming very rude.

Now I have changed completely from being with the other girls in class. I am enjoying my life now that it has changed. I like that I'm earning money to help my mother in this changed life. 

I only want to say thank you to all of you. Without these skills, maybe I would be nothing. 

Priti and her mother
Priti and her mother
Sep 25, 2012

Report of one year's activities

As I reported last week, thanks to our briefly being the highest ranked project, and some very generous donations, we recently fully funded the project for the current year (2012/13). Here is a short report from the project on the activities of the previous year.

The project successfully recruited a full team of social workers and community leaders through which it delivered its twelve month life skills, health and nutrition course.

Through the life skills course:

  • 1,620 girls were educated about the importance of a healthy and nutritious food;
  • 1,980 girls learnt about anaemia;
  • 1,280 girls attended a courses on the importance of personal hygiene;
  • 1,000 girls learnt about the effects of pregnancy in youth;
  • 810 girls learnt about anatomy and their bodies;
  • 972 girls learnt self-confidence and communication skills;
  • 720 girls learnt about sexual abuse.

Without these courses, these girls are unlikely to have ever been able to learn about topics such as these; as such information is not available to them in the community.

This year, an internal evaluation of the project was conducted. The outcome of the evaluation was very encouraging, and on the basis of it, the project has been extended to begin working with some new communities in the Vishrantwadi slum areas. It continues to operate in the older areas three days a week.

Dr Mune and the team are very well acquainted with these communities so they have also been able to respond appropriately to demands as they have emerged. In this regard, this year the project team undertook many ‘unscheduled’ activities. These included: the formation and support of 11 women’s self-help groups; facilitating and supporting the formation of ‘girl parliament’ groups for each community; conducting sex-education and other life skills classes in schools; running some classes for boys in these schools; and collaborating with other NGOs in order to bring awareness to issues of HIV/AIDS.

Perhaps the least quantifiable achievement has been the delight that the girls have experienced in being able to meet with other girls: to talk to them about their lives, to make friends, and to know that they are not alone in their situation.

I shall continue, as always, to keep you posted with stories from the ground.

Thank you to all of you supporters who have made, and continue to make, this work possible.

 
   

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