Project #1866

Help 10 000 kids escape poverty and child labour

by Karuna Trust

Situation before intervention:

Shabana is a 20 year old Muslim girl, who lives in Pallaskhed Village with her 50 year old mother. The village is 18km from Sangamner. People of the village depend mainly on agricultureand so are entirely at the mercy of the irregular rainfall. They face problems of water scarcity both for agriculture and household purposes. 

After the death of Shabana’s father, her mother earned a meagre income through daily wage labour. This was not sufficient to cover family expenses as well as Shabana's educational costs, so she was forced to stop studying after the 12th standard. Instead she remained at home, heavy-hearted, and in time began helping her mother as a labourer.

Situation after intervention:

The NISD selected Palaskhed village for the project, and the Reading Improvement Programme worker visited. Shabana received from her information about free vocational training courses run by NISD, for the needy youth.  Shabana applied for the Hospital Assistant course and was selected. It was a turning point Shabana's life, her wish of further study fulfilled in the form of training.

Shabana is now 20 years old. Over 3 years ago she left school to help her mother by working as a wage labourer. Now she is attending the course, living and studying in a sincere and disciplined way. She has completed the 'theory' part of her course, and is now completing the 'practical' at Dr. Gadekar Hospital.

She recieved this opportunity due to her attitude of wanting to serve the sick and the poor, her hard work and her disciplined behavior. Her confidence has increased and now she feels she will be able to find employment in hospitals after the course. She has a clear goal in her life now - meaningful and dignified service of the sick.

Shabhana and her mother are grateful for this opportunity, which has been provided to her completely free of charge.


Shashikant is 17. He lives in Konchi village (17km from Sangamner). There are 5 people in his family - a brother, a sister, and parents. His family is dependent on agricultural work for their livelihood, but the increasing droughts in recent years has made life unbearably difficult for them. 

The family could no longer afford to send their children to school, which was quite a distance from the village. Shashikant began helping his father labouring on the farms instead, in order to supplement the family income. It looked like this was to be his life.

When NISD visited the village to identify the most needy, Shashikant was selected for free vocational training. Shashikant had wanted to be an electrician from a young age, so that was the course he studied. Shashikant now attends the course regularly and is a very attentive and interested student. Though it is expensive to travel into Sangamner everyday, the family know it is an investment in the future. 

Shashikant's confidence is now manyfold, and he dreams of a meaningul and dignified life in the future. He and his family members are grateful to all those who have helped.

Thank you.

The Situation Before: Ajay Mohan Giri, is 7 years old, and lives at Saykhindi village with his father, mother, brother and sister. He is from a poor family, and parents work as labourers, leaving him to look after his siblings. Standards of hygiene are already low, and with the parents away for the whole day, the children are not properly cared for.

The Project Intervention: NISD has been started health program in the schools. NISD staff visited Ajay’s school and gave information on hygiene and health. At that time Ajay had little knowledge of these things, as such practices are not commonplace in the community. This being the case his clothes were not clean, he didn't wash regularly, he didn't wash his hands and so forth.

The NISD staff however, seeing how receptive and well behaved Ajay’s was, selected him to be the “health volunteer” from his class.

Current Situation: Now Ajay works as a school health volunteer. Not only is he now practicing good hygiene but he encourages his classmates to do the same. He has been explaining the importance of hygiene to both his friends and family.

He is a very active in the school, taking responsibility for the cleanliness of the school environment. Through this, his confidence has increased, and he is doing well in his studies. Not only is he now known as an ideal student at the school, his younger brother and sister are now in a much more healthy and hygienic environment, and are aware of such practices from a much younger age.

Thank you for enabling NISD to bring such positive and important changes to Ajay and his siblings' lives.

Health Check-up
Health Check-up

One of the big emphases of this project is on child health and nutrition. Poverty and lack of information mean that many of the children are unhealthy when they first enroll in school.

Through the project however, children receive supplementary nutrition twice a day, as well as immunizations and health check-ups at the pre-school centres and schools. In addition, mothers receive training on child development, health and nutrition issues. These are followed up with home visits. 

In this way the children and the parents learn the value of health and nutrition, which otherwise receives little attention.

In addition to being requisite for a healthy human life, it also means the children are in the best position to benefit from their education. 

Last year 991 children received supplementary nutrition, care and protection, and their growth was monitored on a regular basis, including specific programmes to treat 70 malnourished children.

I am pleased to share with you these pictures recently received from the project of health check-ups and nutrition workshops.

Thank you for allowing this fantastic work to continue.

Health Check-up
Health Check-up
Health Check-up
Health Check-up
Preparing Nutritious Food
Preparing Nutritious Food
Preparing Nutritious Food
Preparing Nutritious Food
Enjoying Nutritious Food
Enjoying Nutritious Food
Children after distribution of materials
Children after distribution of materials

This year's project activities kicked off in April. As previously reported, this includes the distribution of books, uniforms and educational materials to the thousand poorest children.

With 65% of the population living on less than a £1 a day, something as simple as these school basics can be out of the reach of so many children. Further to this, we have seen many times how Dalit children are singled out for ridicule and bullying by others because of their older shabbier clothes. 

By staying in school these children have a real opportunity to escape child labour and the cycle of poverty which has bound their families for generations. 

I am therefore very pleased to be able to share with you some pictures of the distribution of educational resources to the children identified as the poorest this year. The survey conducted by the project team identified 1009 children this year who should recieve support in this way. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Educational material distribution programme
Educational material distribution programme

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Organization Information

Karuna Trust

Location: London, England - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Kevin Croke
London, UK United Kingdom
$77,653 raised of $85,000 goal
1,537 donations
$7,347 to go
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