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.
Additionally, parents working as landless labourers cannot supervise their children’s journeys to school, so the children have to work alongside their parents to supplement the family income.
From the beginning the hostels have aimed to bridge the gap for students from poor backgrounds and to ensure that they are supported to do their studies.
Lahogaon hostel provides a safe place for boys to study, nutritious food and the opportunity to develop personally so that they can have a degree of agency over their lives and become successful citizens.The majority of students stay with the hostel for 5 years to complete their secondary education.
Last year, the 25 residential students in Standard 10 passed the School Completion Certificate (the equivalent of GCSEs) with 80% gaining the highest grades. Passing the SCC enables the boys to continue with higher level study and access semi-skilled or skilled jobs that were not available to their parents, lifting them and their family out of poverty.