Triumph over prejudice and ignorance is a triumph for us all.

Dame Judi Dench / KARUNA PATRON

Karuna, a charity inspired by Buddhist values, works with some of the most marginalised and discriminated communities in South Asia.

The caste system is an ancient form of discrimination that denies people their basic rights and keeps millions trapped in terrible conditions solely on the basis of birth. Those most affected are known as Dalits, literally meaning “broken people”.

Despite huge economic growth in South Asia, these communities continue to face constant barriers of exploitation and exclusion.