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 families’ problems are compounded by the fact that many of them live in areas affected by drought, earthquakes and flooding.
Because they are poorly educated they may not prioritise sending their children to school and the children often work with their parents to boost the family income. These children run the risk of not attending school or dropping out early, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
This project also offers village-based, out-of-school study classes, vocational training and career guidance for students aged 3-15. Thanks to the hostels the children have the opportunity to complete their education and find meaningful, well-paid work.