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 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.         

Mar 18, 2016

Aditya Helped With School Materials

Aditya lives with his father, mother and eldest brother in Kharadi Village in Maharshtra, India. They live in one small room made of brick. The family is from the nomadic tribal community, traditionally a very poor and marginalized community in India. They earn about £15 per month.

Both children go to the local school. However as the family could not afford proper school materials, such as pens and copybooks, the boys were at risk of dropping out. Aditya was embarrassed to attend classes with all the rest of the children who could afford the basic school materials.   

In July 2015 the project team learnt of the two boys through the local teachers and went to visit the family. Through the generous help of project donors they were able to provide Aditya and his brother with school bags, drawing material, notebook and stationary.     

Now Aditya and his brother are regularly attending school and their grades have improved. The boys and their parents were happy the project team was able to help them out in this small way. It would not have been possible without the help of our funders.

Feb 9, 2016

Vilas Benefits His Local School

The project team works closely with school management committees to help create better schools that keep children engaged and learning. Below is the story of Vilas and his work with the project team to improve his local school.     

Vilas is 42. He lives in Virbhadranagar village with his two sons and wife. Vilas’ sons attend the local school in Virbhadranagar. In 2010 Vilas was asked to join the school management committee to help develop the school’s ability to educate local children. He agreed and started to learn of the schools difficulties. The school had low student participation, poor teaching standards and infrastructural problems. In 2011 Vilas became the school management committee president.  

In 2012 Vilas contacted the project team seeking help in improving school standards. He attended training and worked closely with the team on how to improve school enrollment and teacher ability. Vilas went on exposure visits to local high performing schools and got advice on how to implement positive changes. The project team helped Vilas to create a plan of action to bring his own school’ standards up.    

With Vilas’ guidance the school started organizing cultural programmes, educational tours and mid-day meals for the students. The school management committee started local fundraising for the development of the school and raised £890. The project supported the cost of a digital classroom in the school which included computers and projectors.

Since 2012 the school increased its enrollment from 53 students to 78, early childhood dropouts have been eradicated and the school has moved from C Grade to B Grade under local government evaluation. Vilas is very happy with the results of his work. None of this could have happened without the support of the project and its supporters.

 
   

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