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.
Jul 30, 2012

Project Expansion and Update

Dear Supporters,

I am happy to update you with some exciting new developments in the last months. Due to the success of the 'Child Rights' model utilized by our project partners NISD, we applied for and have received funding from the UK Government  (Department for International Development) to run an expanded version of this project for 3 three years. DFID are now funding 70% of this expanded project, with Karuna raising the remainder.

Additional elements of the project include:

Supplementary nutrition provided to all children, twice a day.

Books, uniforms and educational materials distributed to the thousand poorest children. 

Community-Led Total Sanitation' programme - raising awareness amongst at least 9,000 people on such issues as water handling, food hygiene and disposal of human and animal waste, and encourage construction and use of toilets and soak pits by at least 2,350 families.

Self-help Groups (SHGs) and Vocational Training - 200 women’s SHG leaders will improve their literacy and financial skills, learn how to access resources and start small businesses. This learning will be shared will 4,000 women. 800 youths will receive training in areas relevant to the local market such as plumbing, electricity, hospital assistance and jewellery making. 

Though the new activities were only recently expanded, the project team have been quick in implementing them. Since April: 

  • A survey has been conducted of all the school children in the locality to establish attendance levels and economic background.
  • 17 new villages identified for the project to be rolled out in and activities commenced.
  • 18 new pre-school centers established and classes started.
  • 25 new study support classes started.
  • Survey of facilities in all the schools in the locality will soon be completed. This will tell us about sanitation, general maintenance, and safety of the facilities.
  • The project is just completing final staff interviews in order to have a full project team.
  • Work at village level has started by meeting with the local parliament and gaining their trust in the project.
  • The school enrollment campaigns have started to encourage parents to send their children to school, including poster campaign and village level awareness meetings.

We wish the project team success with their continuing work, and shall be keeping you updated with the progress.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Jul 11, 2012

Vimal's New Cow

Vimal Bhagaji Bhoir lives in Bhoirwadi and is a member of Kotamadevi Bachat Gat Self-Help Group. This Group was formed in 2002 as an NISD initiative.  NISD encouraged women to save Rs. 20 from their low income. Vimal was contributing financially to the group fund but could not participate in meetings or activities as she and her husband had to travel very far for work.  She was also not able to spend a decent amount of time with her children. 

An 'Income Generation Scheme' training programme was organized by NISD which Vimal and the other women of the group attended. The trainer gave information on Small Dairy and Cattle rearing, along with other business. Vimal liked the idea as it was possible for her to look after a cow.  However she did not have money to buy a cow. She saved some money and took Rs. 15,500 loan from her Self-Help Group. She bought a cow for Rs. 22,000.  

The cow gave birth to a male calf, and was giving 6 liters of milk.  She was able to repay the loan by selling the milk. The cow has since given birth to 3 more calves, 1 male and 2 female. From the sale of the male calves Vimal received enough money to leveling their land (for which NISD arranged a JCB at a subsidized rate). 

Vimal currently has two cows, and is receiving sizable income from the sale of their milk.  Now her husband and she work on their own field rather going far away to work as wage laborers. The income from the milk has meant Vimal has paid back the loan, and is able to provide for her children's education.  She also gives time to the Self-Help Group which she feels has changed her life so much.  She is now Secretary of Kotamadevi Bachat Gat and encouraging other women to organize themselves into similar Self-Help Groups.

Thanks you for enabling NISD to facilitate such Self-Help Groups within these tribal displaced communities

Jul 11, 2012

Komal - 'Thinking Beyond Boundaries'

Name of Beneficiary:  Komal Bhagnath Satbhaiyya.

Age:  15 years.

Class: 10th Standard.

Name of Community: Katarvasti.         

Since last year the project team has been working in our community. We were curious about life skills classes. The staff did a survey and conducted home visits. They also called a 'parents meeting' to introduce their programme to our parents. Thanks to this, my mother and father allowed me to go for life skills class. All the girls present were very happy and enjoyed the class very much. Apart from the subjects which we learn in our schools, we received information about important issues in our daily lives. i.e. nutrition, hygiene, communication skills, and self-confidence.

We also had the opportunity to visit a police station, bank and an orphanage. These visits allow us exposure wider society and to have confidence to face certain situations. Before this, we only thought about the world that surrounded us and what we knew, but after participating in the different programes I have started thinking beyond these boundaries. For the first time in our lives we entered a police station. We had a chance to interact with the police and allay the fears we previously had about them. In future if we should have reason, we are now capable and confident enough to ask for the help of the police. We also learned what a bank is, and how it functions. We have decided to open savings accounts in future.

We girls like this class very much. Every day we eagerly wait the arrival of our teachers so we can learn something new.

 
   

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