Transforming Self and World

The Big Give Challenge 2012: You can help Karuna lift 10,000 Indian kids out of child labour and poverty

On Wed, 5 December, 2012 - 12:47
Andrea@Karuna's picture
Only 55-65% of children in the villages of Sangamner, Maharashtra, India are attending school. The root of the problem is poverty, where in Maharashtra, 27 million people live on less than 80p a day. Poor and uneducated parents do not always recognise the value in children, especially girls, attending school. Instead children are often kept away from school to bring extra income into the household through scavenging, or following their parents into work.

Education for all children is the only viable and sustainable long term path to escaping poverty. That is why our goal is to achieve 100% school attendance in each of the 150 villages we are working within. The solution must involve everyone: parents, communities, local government and schools. The aim will be achieved by providing a comprehensive, holistic Child Rights programme to organise, educate, train and empower all stakeholders.

Aims of the educational programme:
Increased enrolment of school age children
Higher completion rates at primary school level
Improved health and well-being of children with better hygienic practices in the community
Improved livelihoods within the community

This project which will be delivered by our partner, The National Institute For Sustainable Development (NISD) who work within displaced and economically disadvantaged communities across India focusing mainly on children and women.

Karuna has set a target of £20 000 and has successfully secured £10 000 in pledges for this project. We will only be able to fully access it once we raise another £5000 online. We need your help to achieve this!

Here’s what you can do:

Make a pledge date between 10am & 12pm this Thursday, 6 December 2012 (yes, 2 hours only)

Click here to donate online:

All donations will be matched a pound for a pound and therefore doubled through this Big Give 2012 Christmas Challenge. So every donation, large or small, makes a real difference.

The date and time is very specific - Thursday, 6 December between 10am and 12pm. You will need your bank card details to hand.

Please share this message with your friends, family and colleagues.

Thanks from all of us at Karuna.

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