1. Kammasandra Project:

Karuna trust, in collaboration with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa mission and Vivekananda Rural Development & Education Trust, has established an orphanage for destitute children at Kammasandra, Doddabalappura Taluk. The orphanage focuses on nutrition, safe shelter and education of the destitute children in Kammasandra and nearby villages. A total of 13 children are residing and being educated. Dr. V.A Ram, ENT surgeon and family have contributed enormously towards this endeavour.

2. Gohpur Assam Project:

The North East Zonal Office of Karuna Trust is located at Barangabari village under Gohpur Sub Division of Sonitpur District in Assam. The following activities were carried out by the Integrated Rural Development Project of this centre during the year 2018-2019. 

    • Community Eye Care Program: 33 screening camps were organized in different blocks and villages of Biswanath District of Assam and 6 such screening camps were organized in Tarasso circle of Papum Pare District of Arunachal Pradesh. Cataract screening was the primary objective of these camps and the cataract positive cases are taken to RK Mission Hospital Itanagar for free eye surgery. During the year 2018-2019, 2876 patients were screened and 497 cataract cases were detected while 268 pterigyum cases were reported. Of these,198 cataracts and 22 Pterigium cases were operated at the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital during the year. 

 

    • Relief & Rehabilitation camps for flood victims: During Aug 2018, there were three rounds of massive flood near Karuna Trust zonal centre due to excessive rainfall. Deluge in many parts of Assam affected more than 32 lakhs population in 18 districts. Karuna Trust helped provide healthcare and medical support through our qualified medical team, with treatment and health awareness camps. 

 

    • Coaching class for Matric Failed students: In the year 2018-2019, 46% of students failed in the board exam (matriculation) in Assam. It was found that failed students are mostly from the BPL/poor families who study in Govt. schools. Considering this, in the month of June to December 2018, Karuna Trust started has started a seven months free coaching class for these students of Gohpur area  

 

    • Vivekananda Bal Gurukula: Vivekananda Bal Gurukuls are setup for all-round development of village school children. In a very friendly and entertaining environment of Bal – Gurukul, classes are held to improve student’s academic performance and also to improve mental & physical health, incorporating moral education & yoga. In the year 2018-19, a total of 33 students attended the classes in Vivekananda Bal Gurukul located in Joriguri village. All the students are from tribal families of Joriguri and nearby villages. 

 

    • Tailoring & Embroidery Learning Centre: Karuna Trust started Tailoring and Embroidery Learning Centre in its Office premise, Barangabari in the month of July, 2013. In the year 2018-2019, 18 students were admitted in the tailoring course. Presently the centre has been producing baby kits (small clothes for new-borns) which are being distributed in the primary health centres managed by the Karuna Trust in Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya to promote institutional delivery in the health centres. 

 

    • Computer Learning Centre: Karuna Trust started a 6 to 12 months computer training programme from August 2015. These training modules include the Basics of the computer, DTP course and Tally course. Students from class 5 to 12 standard have taken admission for these courses. Considering the poor economic status of the students, a very nominal fee is charged from them. During the year, total 33 students took admission in various courses and 28 students could complete the course. 

 

    • Certificate course on Yoga: In collaboration with Patanjali Yog Peeth Haridwar, Helem Tehsil of Biswanth District of Assam, Karuna Trust organized a yoga certificate course, jointly with the Chaiduwar Sports Club, Ghahigaon from 20th May to 21st June 2018. The main objectives of the one-month course were to produce Yoga teacher for every village in Gohpur area. 34 students successfully completed Yoga course 

 

    • Indigenous Fruits and Medicinal Plant Nursery: Karuna Trust started a Nursery of Indigenous Fruit and Medicinal Plants at office premises, Barangabari. During the year 2018-2019, more than 3500 saplings were distributed among the SHG members, individuals, students and community leaders to plant the saplings. Presently the nursery is having around 5000 saplings. 

 

    • Distribution of fruits plants free of cost: To make the environment free from pollution, Karuna Trust Zonal centre distributed fruits plants free of cost in the nearby schools and villages in the month of July 2018. Total 3500 plants were distributed and planted by school students and villagers at different places. Karuna Trust Zonal office team member maintain these plants

 

  • Music School: In order to revive the Indian and Assamese classical music and instruments, Karuna Trust started a music class in the office premises from January 2016. The Music school covers the following three categories; vocal, tabala and instruments. In 2018-2019, total 24 new students were admitted and graduated in the music class. 

3. Socio-economic inclusion of the elderly- Samrakshana Project, Rameshwaram:

The concept of social inclusion involves organising the elderly people into Self-help Groups with each group having 15 people and there will also be a field staff to facilitate the group meetings and training on governance. The fundamental principle of the ESHGs model is that the members will own, control and manage their organisation, this will be achieved by the strategy of role evolution and devolution. A series of capacity building activities are conducted so that the responsibilities that the field staff are undertaking will slowly be absorbed by the members. The main activity of the ESHGs will be associated with savings and credits. The ESHGs will later be grouped as clusters at panchayat/ ward level where non-financial activities like providing training to ESHGs members, monitoring performance, providing financial and non-financial activities to support vulnerability issues etc. A general body at the cluster network level having representation of 3-4 members of each ESHG will form policy making forum of the cluster network. In addition to this, an executive committee will be selected from the general body to execute the decisions. Continuous training programmes will be implemented to train the cluster level leaders. After 15 to 18 months, a town level federation of ESHGs will be promoted to undertake functions like representing the demands of the community members to the district administration, facilitating entitlements to the government agencies, banks etc to undertake livelihood activities, training the cluster, ESHG level leaders, monitoring and review of cluster and ESHG level activities etc. Seed capital fund will be meant for supporting the elder’s groups who have entrepreneurial capacities in the ESHGs. Financial systems established will take care of the loan processing process such as loan appraisal, sanctioning, distribution, repayment scheduling and monitoring. The loan funds repaid by the borrowers along with the interest will be pooled at a common level and it is made available for further distribution of the loan to the individuals in future on a continuous basis. Vulnerability reduction at the cluster network level will be used to support assisted and destitute category of elders who intend to initiate economic activities. At a federation level, collective livelihood groups will be promoted involving elders who are interested in common economic activities. The loans that are repaid along with the interest will be pooled and will be utilised for lending to collective livelihood in future. The three funds in addition to providing support to enhance livelihoods, reducing vulnerabilities will also enable the community organisations to attain financial sustainability.