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 10, 2016

Santoshi Gains A Better Life For Her Family

Santoshi, 18, lives in the slum area of Vishrantwadi in Pune, India. She lives with her five sisters and one brother. The house the family live in does not have basic amenities such as a toilet or running water. Santoshi works doing domestic chores for local families. She earns about £10 per month.

Santoshi knew other girls from the area who were involved with the project’s training programmes. Santoshi had dropped out of school to help support her family but did not want to continue working doing domestic work for little money. So Santoshi approached the project to see about joining the local activities for adolescent girls.

Santoshi joined the project’s three month garment making course. When she first joined she had no confidence and could not interact with the other girls. But as she became more confident in stitching her confidence to communicate grew as well.  

Now Santoshi earns £50 per month making garments for the local market. With the extra money the family can afford better nutrition and good clothes. Prior to Santoshi joining the project the family used open fires to cook. The smoke from the fire had bad consequences for the family’s health. Recently Santoshi bought a gas cylinder for cooking so the family has a safe way of cooking.

Without the help of the project Santoshi could not have made this contribution and would not have gained her confidence and dignity. Thank you to everybody who supported this to happen.

Apr 26, 2016

Anita Starts Her Own Small Business

Anita, 26, lives in the village of Karule with her husband and two children. They live in a small two roomed house. Her husband goes from village to village selling vegetables.

In 2014 Anita heard about the projects tailoring course. Because the course was provided free of cost Anita was able to enroll. Having completed the three month course Anita decided she wanted to start taking orders to stitch Rezin Bags for the local market.

Anita had an old stitching machine sitting at home. It was not in use and Anita was out of practice. After the course Anita repaired the old machine and started to practice at home. With encouragement from her husband it was not long before Anita was stitching bags as a small business.    

Anita is now earning around £25 per month through her business. With the extra income she wants to ensure her two children complete their education as this is an opportunity she did not get. When Anita was in 5th standard she left school to care for her siblings and was married at age 18. Anita is also stitching bags for local poor children as a way of giving back to the community. She is very grateful towards the project for giving her the opportunity to earn an income of her own.

Apr 26, 2016

Shrijana's story - accessing support and medical aid after the earthquake

Shrijana
Shrijana

Thanks to your generous donation, our partners have been implementing projects aimed at providing long-term sustainable support and change to the communities so adversely affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. The amount of work that is needed to rebuild peoples' lives in Nepal is enormous. Not just the physical rebuilding, but also the rebuilding of communities and the support and healing of the emotional trauma. The Karuna Team recently visited the area and heard from individuals who your funds helped support in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake

One such beneficiary is Shrijana. Shrijana is a member of the Dalit community in Dakshinkali. She is a widow and alongside her son she is an agricultural labourer. An older lady, she has chronic heart problems and took medication for these. Shrijana had been in contact with our project partner for four years prior to the earthquake, through a women's health support group. 

When the earthquake struck, Shrijana was on her farm cultivating maize. Trees around her fell down and there was a loud roar. She immediately thought of her son, working in fields nearby but too far to get to. She ran to her badly damaged house for shelter. As she was running, she tripped and hurt her ankle. Unable to walk or go for help, she was stranded in her own home. She had no way of contacting son to know if he was okay nor let him know she needed help. She did not know how she would be able to get more and her life was in danger.

Our partner in India, arrived in the local area very soon after the earthquake struck. They brought food and medical supplies and were able to refill her medication. They helped get her to the medical center via a stretcher. They also helped contact her son, who was fine. Her foot was taken care of and she was able to heal. Karuna also provided temporary housing for her to use until her house could be re-secured.

 

Shrijana
Shrijana's house
After the earthquake
After the earthquake
 
   

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