Empower girls like Priti in slums in Pune, India

by Karuna Trust

Hi! I am Amrpali staying at Bhim Ngar and regularly coming for women`s empowerment project`s life skill class.  I get knowledge and information from this project that even I am not from my mother and from my school. 

We learn lots more things from this project, such as how to behave and how to take care of our body. We also learn about cleanliness, crafts and computers -  I am very happy that now I can handle computers.  Sunita Tai taught me how to use a watch and calendar. She also gave us information regarding first aid, and even how to save someone if they are drowning. We also had sex education workshops through which I came to know many more things regarding our bodies. I also learnt meditation and pranayama (breathing yoga), and now I am doing it daily to increase my concentration power. I am grateful to the whole women’s team.

The Department for International Development (DFID) in UK has just announced its Aid to India strategy. It stresses the importance of empowering girls and women in alleviating poverty in India;

"Our theory of change is that bringing assets, opportunities and basic services directly to women and girls can break the cycle of poverty passed between generations"

For the full report, see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/oct/21/uk-unveils-aid-strategy-india/print

With your continued support, this project is in fact providing these precious and so badly needed opportunities to oppressed girls in the slum areas of Vishrantwadi.

It’s not only the girls who participate in the project that benefit from it – the change in the confidence, self-esteem and capabilities they experience has a wider impact on their families and those around them. A mother of one of the project girls speaks about her experience -

* Savita Manic Sonawne               

I am Savita and my daughter name is Vidya .before she was not talking frankly to anybody. Now she is doing her work in time. I observe her - she is speaking confidently I am very happy about her. Thanks to women`s empowerment project.  

Rubina at her computer class
Rubina at her computer class

Rubina Chand Patel, Aged 17

"Before joining the computer class in Vishrantwadi, I didn't know anything about computers. They were very new to me and I felt that I'd never be able to learn. There was a real fear in my mind, but after starting to learn that fear ceased.

I feel that I'm learning a new skill that is very important and helpful for my future life.

I wish to learn more in the advance course".


We're delighted to announce that Karunaprabha, leader of this project, has been successfully nominated for One World Action's 100 Powerful (Unseen) Women award.

The women come from over 40 countries and have all contributed to positive social change on either a grassroots or global level. To learn more about this initiative, please follow this link:


A huge congratulations to Karunaprabha for her momentous contribution to alleviating suffering in the slums of Vishrantwadi.



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Karuna Trust

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.karuna.org/​
Project Leader:
Steven Murdoch
Staff Member
London, UK United Kingdom

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