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.
Mar 22, 2016

Boxing her way to success - Pooja's story

Pooja is in the 7th class. She has father, mother and two sisters. She is elder amongst her sisters. Her father is a Motorcycle Pilot. (in Goa motorcycles are given on rent means any one can hire motorcycle with driver). Her Mother is housewife. Both her sisters are studying.

She started at the hostel this year. When she got admission in hostel, she was very shy and avoided talking with teachers and other staff. She use to stay aside.

When we took study, we found that she didn’t know proper reading and writing in any languages. But same time we found that she is very cooperative and ready to learn different things. So we planned to teach her with help of other children. So during the study hours we formed class wise groups of children. Those who know how to write and read, helped her in doing homework. Our staff helped her in reading the different languages. She was also giving good response and achieved some reading skill.

We found that she likes to participate in various sports activities in school and hostel. So we inspired and push her to participate in these activities. So she took admission in boxing classes at school level. She is the first students of the hostel to participate in boxing. So others children have given her the friendly nickname of “Mery Com”.

Now she leads other groups very confidently. She is very kind with others.  She helps others in daily work. Within four months she understood importance of self awareness, education and others values.  She shows  progress in her study and does her study regularly.

She wants to become a good boxer in her life. 

Mar 22, 2016

Exciting developments at the brick kilns

Our mobile classroom
Our mobile classroom

There have been a number of exciting developments with this project over the past six months. In the first few months of 2015 a one-off grant of £5,000 from Karuna enabled the project team to buy and equip a new mobile learning centre which now travels between the brick kiln sites offering the children access to new learning resources such as educational dvds and tablet computers. We recently visited the project and were able to see the van in action for the first time. The kids are really enthused and excited by the new technology and their parents like to get involved to! Using e-resources means that we are able to deliver a high level of education in isolated areas to inspire and engage. 

We also have just completed an independent evaluation of the project. One highlight is the success of the non-formal education project in enrolling and retaining children in school. 30 students have passed 4th standard this year. The parents attitude to education has transformed. During the first year of the project, parents did not send children to class. Now they send their chidden regularly at 10:00am.  Some come to school and help clean the classroom. Some parents volunteer to conduct class if the teachers are not present in the school. They encourage students to go to school. With the support of these parents, the children are positively progressing in education and the relationship with the local school is very positive. The project is demonstrating to the teachers that children who were thought "unteachable" are in fact able to learn and schools are coming to visit the project to find out how!

This is great news for the sustainability of the project. We are working with the partner to develop this into a model of best practice which hopefully can be rolled out to more brick kilns in the future.

Getting ready to learn
Getting ready to learn
Using new technology
Using new technology
Van has arrived
Van has arrived
Mar 21, 2016

Begam sends her kids to school

Begam is 25 years old. She lives with her two children and her husband in a small room attached to the back of a tin house in a slum district in Pune. When Begam was growing up she was not allowed to go to school. Like many Indian girls she was kept at home to do domestic chores.

Begam had wanted to send her children to school but was unable to do so as they could not afford it. During a survey completed by the team of the local women and girls Begam was told about the project and the work that they do. She decided to join the project’s three month tailoring course.

During the course Begam learnt how to make saris, the traditional Indian dress for women. She also took the projects personality development courses in communication rights awareness. As a result of this Begam began to grow in confidence and interpersonal skills. She started her own business and now earns between £40 and £50 per month. Now Begam can send her kids to school with the extra income. None of this could have happened without the project and its supporters.         

 
   

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