The Karuna Trust deserves support not only from us , but from anyone who has compassion and cares about the plight of the oppressed underclasses living in Asia who need support and a leg-up!
All of the projects are managed and controlled by the local communities, so the costs of overseeing the projects by Karuna are kept to a minimum.
Please support them, £20 can make a huge difference to the lives of these people. Please visit the Karuna website at www.karuna.org , to learn more about their work or make a contribution to make a change to the lives of many.
The Karuna Trust was established in London in 1980 by a group of Western Buddhists to provide funding and support to people from very poor, slum dwelling Dalit communities in India. The projects are open to anyone regardless of religion or background.
The Karuna Trust is a charity founded on the principle of ‘compassionate action based on wisdom’, the meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘Karuna’. Their projects are created and run by members of the community they help and focus on education, adequate economic opportunities, human rights, women’s empowerment, leadership development and mind change.
They have learned that this approach is an effective way of enabling whole Dalit communities to make progress out of poverty. Karuna works to meet the immediate needs of marginalised communities, helps to build their professional capabilities and aids organised communities to lobby effectively for their legal rights.
By supporting Karuna, women like Sushila Suryavanshi are gaining empowerment and asserting their rights
“I live and work in the slum district of Gulab Nagar, Pune. I was married at the age of 11. My husband believes a woman is a man’s property. He used to confine me to my home. I was expected to submit to his will, to serve him and my in-laws. Since attending this project my life has changed. I believe now that I need not fear others. I now have a job teaching in the Balwadi (Kindergarten), I earn extra money by stitching clothes and I am the chair of our savings group. I dream of equality for all women. I have two children, both of whom are grown up; I tell my son whatever I suffered as a wife, my daughter in law should not. He should not dominate or be jealous. I tell my daughter to live her life and demand her liberty.”
Sushila’s story demonstrates change can happen, but much more needs to be done to give girls and women a step up and to break the cycle of poverty and discrimination.
Steven Murdoch, Karuna Trust