Our Projects

For over 30 years Karuna has developed partnerships with projects that are initiated and run by people directly from the community which the project is benefiting.

This project offers accredited IT training, English classes and self esteem building sessions to more than 600 students every year in a supportive learning environment.

Aurangabad Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for young people from disadvantaged and impoverished families from poor villages and urban slums.

Two projects in Bhaja and Bordharan aim to give Dalit and tribal people the social and emotional skills to cope with the hardships they face. The ethos is to promote a dignified and fulfilling life, based on the principles of non-violence, away from the intense slum environment. 

The Maitri Network was set up in 2009 to give a voice to and address issues of Dalit, Adivasi and other vulnerable women who remain marginalised in the mainstream women’s movement in India

Vishrantwadi hostel has provided care, accommodation and educational support for girls from disadvantaged and impoverished Dalit families in Pune for more than 30 years. Due to poverty and their parents’ lack of education, girls are often at risk of not attending school or dropping out early.

Two projects in Bhaja and Bordharan aim to give Dalit and tribal people the social and emotional skills to cope with the hardships they face. The ethos is to promote a dignified and fulfilling life, based on the principles of non-violence, away from the intense slum environment. 

In rural Nepal Dalit girls are rarely given the opportunity to go to school and gain an education.

This hostel opened as a response to the educational and social needs of disadvantaged boys from Dalit families. The hostel is situated in a village in the suburbs of Nagpur, a large industrial town in the north of Maharashtra.

Dapoli Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for young people from disadvantaged and impoverished village communities. In this area most of the work is casual agricultural labour, wood cutting or looking after animals.

Gorkha is one of the districts in Nepal that was most affected by the 2015 earthquake with thousands of people losing their homes and means of livelihood and people from the dalit and tribal communities worst affected.

Young people from a ‘low caste’ backgrounds rarely become leaders in society, have limited opportunity to influence change and often feel disempowered and excluded.

This project puts education at the centre of their activities. A live-in hostel provides a home for 36 boys who are orphaned or from extremely poor families.

This project works in locations throughout Dewas and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. In this area, 1000 ex-manual scavengers and their families are being supported to access a different way of life.

This project works with runaway and trafficked girls who arrive in Mumbai in their dozens on a daily basis. The project provides education, legal aid and health advice and the girls take part in gender workshops, go on camps and play outdoor games.

Latur Girls’ hostel in Maharashtra was built in 1993 after an earthquake destroyed surrounding villages and left many people destitute. The project offers girls an opportunity to live in a caring, supportive environment where they can study consistently and succeed in school.

Disabled children in rural areas of India face multiple barriers - discrimination, poverty and social exclusion. Often they are hidden away and under-stimulated, malnourished or even physically or sexually abused.

Wardha Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for young people from disadvantaged and impoverished families who live in small villages in Vidarbha. Here most people are labourers on farms producing cotton or lentils.

Karuna Trust has been funding educational hostels for Dalit children since 1984. In rural areas, children are unable to travel the long distances to school and local provision can be unsatisfactory or only be available for children up to the age of 10.

Latur Boys' hostel was founded after the 1993 earthquake when there was an urgent need for accommodation and educational support for disadvantaged and destitute Dalit boys.

Kolhapur Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for young people from disadvantaged and impoverished families. Here most people are farm labourers, growing the local cash crop, sugar cane.

Omerga Boys' hostel was built in 1994, when a devastating earthquake left many villages and poor families destitute. There is still a desperate need for accommodation and educational support for boys in this area due to the frequent droughts and the ever-worsening condition of the land.

This project offers accredited IT training, English classes and self esteem building sessions to more than 650 students every year in a supportive learning environment.

In 50 villages in three districts of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu, women and girls are beginning to exercise their rights and build better lives.

Ulhasnagar Hostel provides care, accommodation and educational support for boys from poor families from the suburbs of Mumbai. The boys’ parents are usually employed as landless or unskilled labourers.

The plight of these communities is poorly documented and largely ignored. The project trains women and young people in advocacy and campaigns for their right to citizenship and legal documents so that they can access government welfare schemes.

Karuna supports a girls' and a boys' hostel in Goa that offers accommodation and education to children from disadvantaged and impoverished families. Many of their parents are migrants and are unskilled, low-paid, seasonal workers.

 The Nishta project helps 900 underprivileged, adolescent girls and their morthers in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal every year to complete their education. In this rural area 50% of the local population are agricultural workers living on less than a dollar a day.

Karuna supports the Pardhi Hostel to provide accommodation and educational facilities for children of disadvantaged and impoverished families, many of whom are migrants doing low-paid, unskilled, seasonal work.

This project tackles poor school enrolment and high drop-out rates in the Dalit community in Sangamner, rural Maharashtra. Here, only 65% of children attend school and only 35% complete primary education which means that child labour is very common.

The Indo Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute (ITBCI) is a school in Kalimpong, near Darjeeling, for 300 children of Tibetan & Nepali refugees and migrants.

 

India has good laws, including Article 17 of the Constitution prohibiting the practice of ‘untouchability’. Karuna funds legal aid centres and organisations responding to atrocities suffered by Dalits.

This project works in 20 locations throughout Dewas and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. In this area, 416 children – in bonded labour or caste-based slavery – are now receiving an education.

The Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is a network of 200 lawyers and social activists. It provides free legal services to members of Dalit and Adivasi communities, runs helplines, conducts awareness programmes, investigates violations and deploys crisis intervention teams.

This project targets 10 urban slums and 60 villages in Nagpur. In these slums and villages women, girls and children live in difficult conditions and are extremely disadvantaged. 

The Green Tara Foundation is helping to alleviate the suffering of women and adolescent girls in the slum districts of Pune by addressing the disadvantage and gender discrimination they face.

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