Dame Judi Dench

Karuna works in India among some of the poorest communities in the world; yet these pages do not confront us with images of dying children and abject poverty. Karuna is more concerned to encourage a positive and thoughtful response rather than a guilty reaction.

Karuna believes that the degradation of others is also our degradation – similarly that the triumph over prejudice and ignorance is a triumph for us all. To support these objectives is not simply a generous response to those most in need – it is also a practical commitment to the long-term needs of the world.

I hope that once you have read these pages and given them careful consideration you will decide, as I have done, to make that commitment.

Yours sincerely


Dame Judi Dench DBE
Patron of the Karuna Trust

Celebrity Support


Sir Ben Kingsley

"Karuna's work with India's forgotten children and underprivileged adults helps thousands escape from generations of poverty. Please donate what you can and help Karuna bring hope and justice to those who need them most."


Felicity Kendal CBE

"Having grown up in India, I often saw at first hand the injustices of the caste system. Karuna's work is much-needed and is often the only source of hope for many of the country's poorest children and adults. Please donate today and play your part in enabling the charity to bring justice to those who need it most."


Dame Maggie Smith

"On my first visit to India to film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I was immediately made aware of the poverty in which many children and adults live. Please donate whatever you can to Karuna to enable them to continue their invaluable contribution in working to alleviate their suffering.”
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