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 22, 2016

Prasad no longer underweight

In the creche
In the creche

When Prasad was in first grade, he was massively underweight, weighing only 6kg and often falling sick. His father is a driver and his mother a farm labourer. He also has two older stisters and a grandmother in his household. 

The grandmother looks after all three children, who are each just one year apart, while the parents have to work. However, she is elderly and incapable of giving all three children the attention they need.

The family enrolled in the project's care giver programme, and Prasad's grandmother especially gained a lot from the caregiver sessions. She learned many things about childcare methods of bathing, feeding etc.  Prasad's mother also attended the sessions when she could. She was shown a chart which illustrated that Prasad was not growing at the normal rate, and how underweight he was, while also guiding her on what to feed him.

He received supplementary nutrition through the project crèche worker as his parents learnt more about child health. His sisters who were both underweight, also benefited as a result.

These days his weight is up to something normal for his age, and he is engaging regularly in other creche activities, which will set him up well for school in the coming years.

Thank you for helping to change Prasad and his family's life in this way.

Jun 24, 2016

Daneshwari Discovers a World Outside Her Home

Daneshwari, 18, comes from the Vishrantwadi slum area of Pune, India. The project started activities in her area last year. She heard about the project through her friends who had all decided to join the projects activities.

Like many young women in India Daneshwari knew very little of the world outside of household chores. She was unaware of how her body worked, about gender equality or her rights to be free from violence. For Daneshwari life consisted of dropping out of school and marrying early.

When she joined project activities one of the first things Daneshwari learned about was proper nutrition and the role of iron and b-12 in a proper diet. She learnt about changes in her body as she approached puberty and how these were normal. “This kind of questions and information I could never ask my mother, whatever information I got, I shared with my mother who didn’t know all this. I could also share this information with my sister and my friends”.

Daneshwari was taken to visit the local police station and learned how to file a complaint on domestic abuse. Similarly the girls went to the bank and were taught how to open a bank account and manage their own finances, including how to access a loan for education.

Most importantly Daneshwari made friends with other women and girls in her area. Often when girls drop out of school they become isolated in the home, losing their confidence and ability to socialise. “I got the confidence to step out in to the world. I interacted with people of my age and other age groups as well I also saw how the world outside my house is”.

Daneshwari completed her 12th Standard education with the help of the projects education support work. This is unusual for girls in the area who often leave well before they complete secondary schooling. She completed a three month training course with the project and now is working in a local company and supporting her family through her earnings. None of this would have been possible without the help of the project and its supporters.   

Jun 24, 2016

Long-term relief efforts begin

Sewing classes
Sewing classes

Thanks to the generous additional funding provided by Global Giving, our partner in Tamil Nadu has started its work aimed at tackling the long-term impact of the devastating floods on the affected communities. This work is focused on two areas: supporting women to establish livelihood work and education support for children.

The livelihood project is teaching women how to tailor clothes with sewing machines provided by the local government. The project is targeting widows or abandoned women, poor families with girl children and those with disabilities. By providing the opportunity for the women to upskill this will give them a greater income which will enable them to better cope with emergencies if they arise again. Bringing income into the family also helps women to have greater decision-making powers.  One of the women told us, "This support is very useful to me; other supported organizations didn't give this kind of help. It is essential for me to manage my family in difficult times."

The education project is helping children affected by the flooding. It deals with the psychological impact, provides educational kits to replace lost and damaged items and gives summer training to ensure children have caught up with schooling they have missed. This project held a 5 day camp for 115 children last month which they really enjoyed, particularly the opportunity to participate in drama activities.  

Classes in action
Classes in action
Summer camp
Summer camp
Summer camp 2
Summer camp 2
 
   

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