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

"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.

May 8, 2012

Testimonial: Rau Ankush Pawar

Beneficiary from Stitching Course

Name:                  Rau Ankush Pawar

Age:                      25 years

Education:            5th STD

Address:               Phulenagar, Vishrantwadi, Pune.

Aru Says:              The class is one of the strengthening opportunities for me.

Background:

"We are 4 members in our family. My husband is a driver. I have 2 small children. My education is not much. I left my school when I was in 5th STD because I have to look after my younger sisters. In the age of 17 my parents arrange my marriage. After my marriage I used to sit at home and started loosing my confidence to do something or learn some new skills because of having very less education. One day I heard about stitching class in our community. It seems to get a ray of hope for me. I prepare my mind and decided to go to class to take more information about it."

 Thoughts and Feelings:

"One day I went to the place in my community where the foundation conducts stitching classes. When I went there I told the foundation’s staff about my education. And I got very positive answer which gave me the opportunity to change my future.

The staff of the foundation builds my confidence and told me to join the class though my education was up to 5th STD only. Teacher at the class was very co-operative and patient. They trained illiterate women also.     

Slowly I learn to stitch the blouse and overjoyed. Now I can stitch superior. I am also getting orders of blouse from outside.

I am proud to learn this skill and earn money. My husband is very happy as I am capable now financially.

I also want to learn and stitch Panjabi suits in future."

 
   

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