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Project information

Help 10,000 kids out of child labour and poverty

Up to 60% of the children living in villages around Sangamner, Maharashtra are scavenging on streets, or labouring in factories or fields, rather than going to school. We want to turn this disgraceful statistic around and allow all children to access their rights to education and liberty.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: Karuna Trust

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  • Need


    Only 55-65% of children in the villages of Sangamner, Maharashtra 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

    Aim 1

    Increased enrolment of school age children .


    » Community-wide awareness raising targeting 3000 families using: rallies, home visits, community meetings, street plays and pre-school centres.
    » Enrolment campaigns including the distribution of books, uniforms and educational materials to the 1000 poorest children.
    » Training provided to 80 project, and 150 government teachers on education techniques, child nutrition, growth monitoring and development.
    » Training these teachers on effectively using educational material, to lay a solid foundation for primary-level enrolment and learning.

    What success will look like

    Success will be over 2,200 pre-school children with firm foundations for later learning, and a community aware of the importance of education, resulting in 95% enrolment.

    Aim 2

    Higher completion rates at primary school level.


    » Training on children's' right to education, participation and protection to 380 groups, committees and local leaders.
    » Training improving teaching methods and using engaging material to 200 government teachers.
    » Infrastructure improvements in 20 schools, including the provision of separate girls' toilets.
    » Essential study support classes organised, with the children, especially the girls, exposed to positive role models.

    What success will look like

    Success will be over 6,500 children attending school and enjoying an education, instead of working as labourers in fields and factories.

    Aim 3

    Improved health and well-being of children with better hygienic practices in the community.


    » Children will receive supplementary nutrition twice a day, as well as immunisations and health check-ups at pre-school centres and schools.
    » Mothers will receive training on child development, health and nutrition issues, in conjunction with follow-up home visits.
    » Awareness raising campaigns will target at least 9,000 people on such issues as water handling, food hygiene and disposal of human and animal waste.
    » Campaigns will encourage the construction and use of toilets and soak pits by at least 2,350 families.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 10,000 healthier children practicing good hygiene and sanitation and are free from diseases caused by poor sanitation, hygiene and nutrition.

    Aim 4

    Improved livelihoods within the community.


    » Vocational training for 800 youth in areas relevant to the local market such as plumbing, electricity, hospital assistance and jewellery making.
    » 4000 women's Self-help group members will improve their literacy and financial skills, and learn how to access resources and start small businesses.
    » Networking with relevant government departments and local businesses to identify government schemes, find placements and encourage recruitment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 800 youths and 4,000 women with opportunities for employment, rewarding livelihoods and financial independence.

  • Impact


    The project will give every child of these 150 villages their liberty and education, allowing them to escape poverty and participate fully in society.

    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of children completing their education. Success will be 95% of children completing their education to age 16 and 65% completing their education to age 18. We will continue to work with teachers, parents and local authorities to ensure we remain on course to achieve this.


    There are two key risks. Firstly that local government officials will not cooperate fully and secondly that local employers (employing children) will not cooperate. We have dealt with this by engaging with local authorities both at village level (locally) to gain trust and at senior level to influence through authority. With local employers we have held regular meetings to grow awareness and support and have developed poster and pamphlet campaigns.


    A six monthly and end of year report will be emailed to all donors who have given through this site having provided their email addresses.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,200 Health, hygiene & sanitation 3 monthly HH&S camps and 2 monthly health checks
      £4,000 Pre-school activities 30 pre-school centres
      £2,200 School enrolment & retention Enrolment drive involving all parties
      £2,800 Education standrad improvement 30 teacher support classes, school refurb programme
      £3,800 Resource centre activities Network meetings, community and parent meetings
      £5,000 Administration India and UK fixed costs
  • Background


    In the 150 villages which our project covers there is a population of 35,587 people. It is an area of high unemployment, above average malnutrition, very low levels of sanitation and low levels of education. The population are largely subsistence farmers and day labourers. Some of our villages have been displaced from their fertile lands with the building of a large dam.


    19,337 people will benefit directly, including 10,000 children, 2,350 families, and 200 women's self-help group leaders.

    A further 28,750 will benefit indirectly, including 550 teachers trained, 4,000 self-help group members and their families, and the families of the youth who will receive vocational training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Karuna Trust has been working with some of the poorest communities in India for over 30 years. The vast majority of our projects (over 90%) are run by people from their own communities rather than by westerners. Through local partners, children who previously had no access to education have graduated from universities, women who were previously denied any rights are now leaders in their communities and Dalits previously known as untouchables are integrated into society.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The National Institute For Sustainable Development (NISD)

    NISD works within displaced, socially and economically disadvantaged communities focusing mainly on children and women.

Chaitali thriving in reading & writing class

Chaitali thriving in reading & writing class

Chaitali has thrived in class, showing progress in her reading and writing. Her confidence has really improved.

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