Karuna Trust

Karuna Trust

Charity information

Karuna Trust

Karuna works to empower disadvantaged and discriminated communities in South Asia to help themselves and to escape poverty. Our focus is on education, human rights, and women's empowerment.

Founded 1980

  • Mission statement

    The Karuna Trust is a Buddhist charity based on the principle of ‘compassionate action based on wisdom’; the meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘Karuna’. Our vision is of a world without prejudice, in which every human being has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or beliefs. Our mission is to challenge the ignorance, prejudice and inequality that trap people in poverty.

    We seek to respond compassionately to the needs of people from some of the world's most disadvantaged communities, and build the capabilities of those communities to secure their basic rights, to break out of poverty and to reclaim their humanity. We have learned that the provision of educational opportunities in particular is the most effective way of enabling whole communities to make progress out of poverty.

    Since 1980 we have supported educational, vocational training and health projects in South Asia, developing relationships with local partners based on respect, transparency and the fostering of community. We assist people living in poverty in urban slum districts and isolated rural communities who are marginalised because of their caste, their gender and/or their religion.

    Our projects help people who are in the greatest need, regardless of caste background or religious belief.

  • Aims

    Karuna Trust aims to:

    • Karuna’s primary aim is to support and empower the most disadvantaged children, women and men in South Asia to meet their needs, access their legal rights and participate fully in society.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1980

    Registered Charity Number: 327461

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 12

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 3

    Phone number: 020 7700 3434

    Address: 72 Holloway Road London N7 8JG

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