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.
Dec 8, 2015

Project Progress Report December 2015

The project has reported back on progress for the second half of the year’s activities. The team reported good progress. Below are some bullet point highlights from the report. We will continue to put up project progress in its respective areas over the coming weeks.

  • The team worked with teachers, school management committees and local government through training and consultancy to bring local failing schools up to new standards established by the Indian Right to Education Act. The project succeeded in taking 8 failing schools into grade A standard as set out by the Indian Right to Education Act.
  • The project started the school year with an enrollment campaign in the villages. Posters were put up reminding parents to enroll their children. Village level meetings with 705 participants were held to publicize the importance of childhood education. Rallies highlighting the cause of education were held through the village districts. 740 letters were written to parents reminding them to send their children to school.
  • Education material was given to 732 children who were starting school for the first time. Celebrations were also arranged for their first day at class. These activities reduce children’s fears of going to school making it more likely they will stay.
  • A survey of reading standards in the villages was carried out to identify those who are behind. 402 children were chosen for the project’s reading improvement programme on the basis of the survey.       
  • The team supplied 288 of the poorest children with school bags, stationary and notebooks. Games material was given to the 36 participating schools.
  • The team facilitated 53 child parliament meetings to help children develop leadership abilities. Topics such as the organization of the schools cultural programme as well as personal hygiene were discussed.   
  • The local financial contribution to the project increased from £12,606 last year to £21,600 this year. This shows increased support for the project amidst the parents of the beneficiary children.  
Nov 17, 2015

Sahil No Longer Malnourished

Sahil is three years old. He lives with his parents, grandparents and uncle in the village of Kare in Maharashtra, India. He is cared for by his grandmother as his parents go out to work during the day.

When Shail first came to the attention of the project team he was severely malnourished. He was underweight and had stunted growth. Following careful examination by the project doctor and referral to a specialist it was found that he had a heart defect.

To treat Sahil’s malnourishment and bring him to normal weight and height he was given supplementary nutrition and vitamins. He was given spirulina candies for two years continuously and targeted nutrition rich food such as ground nuts and jaggery. His grandmother completed the project’s caregiver programme where she learnt about nutritious cooking and good childcare practise.

Now Sahil comes to the project crèche regularly to play with other children, something that he could not do before. His mother comments on all the changes in him and is very grateful to the project team for their help. None of this would have been possible without the help of the projects supporters.

Nov 13, 2015

Payal Gets A New Life

Payel is ten years of age. She lives in the slum area of Gunjal in Pune. She stays with her mum and dad and two brothers.

Before joining project activities Payal would move around from slum to slum with her family. Her life was not very stable. Her mum suffers from severe mental health difficulties and faces a lot of stigma within the community. Her father also suffers from alcoholism and is violent towards her mother. Difficulties with neighbors would push the family from home to home.

Payal was not enrolled in school. Her mother would keep her at home so she could do domestic chores. She spent much of her time indoors and away from other children.

The project team learnt of Payal through their project area survey. Before starting work in a new slum the team surveys each household. They record the number of girls in the area and if they are married, working or in education. This way they know who can benefit from the project’s activities.

The first thing the team did was to help Payal get enrolled in school. At first she did not like going because she was amidst younger children and had fallen behind. The project’s after school study classes and extra tuition helped bring her confidence levels up. Now one of Payal’s favorite things to do is study. Even when other activities are on Payal continues to study in the space provided. Her brother is also now enrolled in the boy’s group.

The project team has intervened with Payal’s parents to stop the domestic violence. They have also found mental health treatment for her mum. Things are improving as a result and Payal now finds she is not as fearful when she is at home. In the future she wants to complete her studies and become a doctor. None of this would have been possible without the project and its supporters.     

 
   

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $15
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $150
    give
  • $200
    give
  • $15
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $150
    each month
    give
  • $200
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.