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.
Jan 29, 2016

Violence against women awareness raising

Rikshaw poster
Rikshaw poster

At the end of last year, all Maitri partners had 2 weeks of working in their project areas, to raise awareness of the topic of violence against women.

The campaign targeted over 21,000 people, and was undertaken by 11 organisations.

It addressed a number of varied topics, namely:

Domestic violence

Sexual harassment

Rape

Manual scavenging

Female infanticide

Dowry issues

Legal/rights awareness

It targeted not only women, but also:

Adolescent girls and boys

Men

Teachers

Activities included

Rallies: for example JanSahas conducted an 11 day march in the 6 districts of MP

Awareness camps

Meetings with government officials

Memorandums submitted to relevant government departments

Street plays/street theatre

Drawing competitions and essay writing on VAW

Workshops/capacity building on related themes

Medical camps for women

It covered the following states

Maharashtra

West Bengal

Tamil Nadu/Pondicherry

Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan (Through Jan Sahas)

Haryana, Jharkand ,Bihar, Delhi (through CADAM/NACDOR)

We are still gathering information about the indivuidual successes in varius areas, but please see below the pictures from some poster making and an exhibition by local girls in Amravati district of Maharastra.

Thank you so much for allowing this work to take place through your donations!

poster 1
poster 1
poster 2
poster 2
girls put up posters
girls put up posters
Exhibition
Exhibition
Jan 12, 2016

Moana Gets Her Confidence Back

Moana is 19 years old. She lives with her two sisters and one brother in the Vishrantwadi slum district of Pune. Moana dropped out of school in 12 Standard.

In the time after she left school she did little but sit at home and watch popular Indian soap operas on TV. She first came across the project when the team called to her door to take a survey of women and girls in her area prior to starting project activities.

Moana was at first very hesitant to travel alone through the slum to get to the project’s sewing classes. Like many girls her age she faced potential verbal and physical abuse from local boys each time she left the house alone. She insisted on her father dropping her to the project’s classes.

Moana in staying at home and not communicating with her peers had lost much of her confidence and was very shy in project activities. She was unable to look people in the eye for example and would attend all the project activities except the personality development classes which she found too difficult.   

But she soon made friends with the other girls who encouraged her to open up more in class. Now Moana describes the project team “as family”. Recently she made the journey from home to the project center entirely by herself and has become confident in challenging verbal abuse from local boys.   

Moana has completed her sewing training and in the future wants to work in fashion design. She also wants to earn to be able to give back to the project. None of this could have happened without the support of the project and its generous supporters.   

Jan 8, 2016

Meera Empowered to Help Her Students

Meera is 51. She came from a very poor farming family in the village of Kotul. Meera became a teacher and started work in a government school in 1984. She worked hard to improve the teaching standards in the school and went to many professional teacher training courses to improve her teaching ability.  

Despite Meera’s efforts, the school where she taught was not a good experience for the children who attended there. The school was a failing school and was deemed below government standards. There were no play areas and very little awareness amidst parents on the importance of education.

The project arranged meeting’s with the teachers and the school management to start the process of improving the school’s standards. Meera attended both meetings and as a result was introduced to the team and their work.

In 2014 Meera became the principle of a school in the village of Nannajdumala. The school was predominantly children from highly marginalized caste groups such as tribal people. Meera brought in the project to work with the school and the parents. The team helped Meera create digital classrooms and a playground area. The enrollment, grades and participation rate of the school children all improved as well. Meera is very happy to see her work with the project team come to so much good. None of this would have been possible without the project and its supporters.

                             

 
   

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