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 works with 500 out-of-school migrant children aged 3 - 14 years from brick kiln worker families in Thane, Maharastra, enabling them to access to mainstream education

 Cantonments are areas associated with military bases. The people who eke out a living by providing basic services in these areas are mostly Dalit, and live as a ‘forgotten’ population. 

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.

This residential hostel in Nagpur provides facilities for 80 girls from disadvantaged rural backgrounds.

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. 

This project works with 200 landless families in the remote rural district of West Champaran in Northern Bihar.

Families who were previously dependent on low-wage agricultural labour are supported to achieve greater financial security through new vegetable growing enterprises. The project trains villagers in improved farming methods, enabling them to make better use of the small plots of land available to them, and supports them in organising themselves into collective enterprises, giving them access to new markets for their produce.

Increased income enables beneficiary families to become more empowered and able to invest in their children’s education.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

In Nepal, Dalits and especially Dalit women routinely denied access to higher education. The discrimination in education often begins at an early age, with many marginalised families failing to give priority to the education of girls.

This project works with runaway and trafficked young women who arrive in Mumbai in their dozens on a daily basis. The project provides education, legal aid and health advice and the young women 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.

600 Dalit and other marginalized women from 2 areas in Gorkha are being trained in livelihood related skills. 

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.

Situated on the outskirts of Pune, this hostel for Dalit boys has been funded by Karuna since 1984. Students come to the hostel from rural communities outside Pune where there is no access to good quality secondary education.  

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.

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 numerous villages destroyed and many poor families destitute. 

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.

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.

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.

Karuna supports a girls' and a boys' hostel in Goa that offers accommodation and education to children from disadvantaged and impoverished families.

 The Nishta project supports 900 underprivileged, adolescent girls and their mothers in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal every year to complete their education. 

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.

The project has been set up to work with 1698 Girls from primary and secondary schools from 20 rural villages in the state of Maharashtra. It aims to enable girls to transition into and complete their secondary education and ensure they are supported by their parents and the wider community to do so.  

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

 

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.

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.

Violence against women is widespread in Indian society. Dalit and tribal women face disproportionate levels of discrimination and violence, and impunity for these crimes is common.

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.

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