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Growing with Karuna Shechen India Annual Report 2018

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Table of contents 04............Director’s note 09............Brief History of Karuna Shechen 13............Stories from the field 14...............Education 46..............Health 70..............Community development 102............Environment 108............Women’s empowerment

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health care facilities through our OPDs and mobile clinics which managed to improve the health conditions of the people living in remote villages. Since last year the construction of our clinic is going on in full swing in Hata, Jharkhand. We are expecting to begin our operation from the newly built clinic by the end of this year, which will help us to reach out with quality health care facilities in the remote areas of the state. Since our main focus on preventive care we have managed to reach out to more people, particularly among women and girls in rural communities and generate their health and hygiene awareness. Our alternative treatment like physiotherapy and acupuncture become popular among the patients. Apart from this, our veterinary mobile clinic becomes popular in relieving the pains among the animals.

Director’s note

Since education is one of most effective ways to reduce poverty we

This annual reports multiple facets of our journey towards improving the

population. From our 25 non-formal education centers 508 women

quality of life of the rural people in selected areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. Our various developmental initiatives in the areas of health, education, environment, community development and women empowerment derives

emphasized on basic education standards for different categories of benefitted from the training programme. We are running three Babua schools for schools dropouts and non- enrolled children. Our Early Childhood development (ECD) programme offers an opportunity in

outcome for them.

children’s development and a solid beginning in their life. This year we

Over the past 12 months, we have intensified our activities in primary

centres in the previous year, benefitting 5800 young kids.

have managed to improve our ECD centres to 160 centres from 100

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We have been generating awareness on environment through different

We have empowered women through various vocational training programmes,

programmes, namely, rainwater harvesting, jute bag distribution and plantation

such as soft toys, katha stitching and e-rickshaw driving. Currently we are running

of trees. At household level we have implemented 454 rainwater harvesting

four vocational training centres, where 245 girls and women received training,

systems. This year we have distributed 14,488 jute bags to spread awareness

including one centre of women inmates in Jharkhand central jail. This year

on harmful effects of plastics on the environment. We have continued our

we have produced three more women e-rickshaw drivers. Currently they are

plantation programme, this year we have planted 1842 more trees in different

successfully running their business and maintain their livelihood.

parts of Bodhgaya and Hata.

We have very good experiences with our volunteer family, we received five volunteers helped us in our different programmes.

Our community development programme includes kitchen garden, fruit plant distribution and small money BIG CHANGE programme. Under Kitchen

On behalf of Karuna-Shechen India, express my deepest gratitude to all the

Garden programme, there is a massive jump in the number of gardens, which

donors, supporters and SRPC trust whose contribution makes it possible to

increased from 20,000 to 30,767 this year. We have distributed 12,831 fruit

achieved the above mentioned outcome.

plants among the villagers. Under small money BIG CHANGE projects we have completed 27 new projects benefitting 3724 under privileged. These

Kind Regards,

are irrigation projects, well, ponds and the construction of small bridges

Shamsul Akhtar

connecting schools and market places. We have made tremendous efforts in building household toilets. This year we have build 310 toilets with 50% sharing basis, out of which 100 toilets were sponsored by Care Today Fund, an initiative of India Today Group. Among the youths, this year we have provided motor driving training to 7 youths from Jharkhand. Our computer training centre in Bodhgaya provided training to 120 students.

Director, Karuna-Shechen India

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Brief History of Karuna Shechen Karuna-Shechen is a non-profit humanitarian organization founded by Matthieu Ricard and cofounded by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. It works with a grass-roots network of local partners and volunteers to provide health care, education, and social services for underserved communities in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Rooted in the ideal of compassion, karuna, in action and founded upon the conviction that no one should be denied access to education or health care, Karuna-Shechen adopts a holistic approach in responding to the specific needs and aspirations of the communities it serves, while preserving and utilizing their unique cultural heritages. In the year 2001 the organization started its humanitarian work in the city of Bodhgaya (Bihar, India) and started a mobile clinic to serve surrounding villages. The organisation has established an effective collaborative team of trained workers from the local population and qualified foreign volunteers to work at the grass-root level. Karuna-Shechen India’s activities concentrate on five sectors of intervention: Health, Education, Environment, Community Development and Women Empowerment. Currently Karuna Shechen India operate in two states - Bihar and Jharkhand. In India our working partner is Shechen Clinic, A Unit of SRPC Trust.

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in the year 2018 :

Over 200,000

Bihar

Accupuncture treatment receive

91,519

370

patients treated OPD

51,886 patients Mobile

39,633 patients

persons

Physiotherapy treatment receive

667 persons

Animal treated

2,684

Total Beneficiaries through this sector : 80,000 +

Babua School

Early Childhood Development

03 Schools 160 Centre 221 Student 5,800 Kinds Adult Women literacy

Yoga

25 Centre 508 Women

19 Centre 510 Children

Total Beneficiaries through this sector: 7,000 +

Wo m e n Empowerment

Total Patient (OP+Mobile)

Education

Health

Jharkhand

07 Women Hygine Awareness received

10,306

(received napkin)

27 3,724 Beneficiaries

Sanitary Napkin distributed

1,69,040 Pieces

Women Auto Driving

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12,831 Plant 5,000 Beneficiaries

smBC Pojects (Pond, Well, check dam, community nursary, play ground etc)

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235

Fruit plant distributed

30,767 Households 100,000 Beneficiaries

Computer Training

Women trained vocational trades

Motor Driving

Kitchen garden at household level

Toilet construction

310 1,860 Beneficiaries

Total Beneficiaries through this sector: 110,000 +

Environment

Community Development

Total Beneficiaries

Total Beneficiaries through this sector: 11,000 Women and Youth

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Jute Bag

14,488 Rainwater Harvesting

454

Tree Plantation

1,842

Total Beneficiaries through this sector: 15,000 +


Stories from

the field

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In the field of education our programmes cover the educational and emotional needs of children up to the age of 15 and adult women. With the emphasis on

Adult Literacy (Non-formal education)

promoting basic education to children and adults our programmes focus on ensuring joyful learning atmosphere for children in anganwadis, spiritual and mental well being for children in schools, meeting the education needs of out of

E D U C A T I O N

school children and introducing basic math and life skills for adult women. ECD programmes : Early childhood development programmes are run in collaboration with District Authorities in Bihar and Jharkhand. At Anganwadi

Yoga Classes

E D U CAT I O N

Babua Schools

Centres, where the learning at the centres is improved on two fronts - teacher training (knowledge front) and equipping anganwadi with toys and play material. Yoga classes : Students are trained in the yoga postures and meditation techniques for better physical and mental fitness.

Early Chilhood Development (ECD)

Babua schools : These schools focus on the imparting primary education (mathematics and language) for out-of-school students with an objective to encourage them to enrol in mainstream schools. Adult literacy (Non-formal education) classes : These session aim to impart basic

7,000+ lives touched

education (mathematics, reading and writing) to women who did not get a chance to learn in their formative years.

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Early Childhood Development - ECD E D U C A T I O N

Young children’s healthy development depends on receiving nurturing care, encompassing health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, safety and security and early learning. ECD programme focuses on

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Angwanwadi Centres partnerships

the joyful learning aspect of education. The programme ensures tieup with Anganwadi centres and facilitates the provision of availability of toys. Early Childhood Development (ECD) plays an extremely important role in ensuring good physical, emotional, cognitive and social growth in a child. The training program involves teaching new and innovative methods to preschool children. Also, to support in build the capacity of ICDS including frontline workers to build the capacity of parents and caregivers on providing nurturing care, positive parenting and early stimulation which in turn will positively influence the development trajectory of children.

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children in each Anganwadi centre in Bihar

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60

Jharkhand

100

Bihar

5,800+ children impacted

children in each Anganwadi centre in Jharkhand

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E D U C A T I O N

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Children playing at AWC, Bodh Gaya

Kids at AWC, Bangbil, Jharkhand

Beneficiaries along with Sevika & Sahayika at AWC, Bangbil, Jharkhand

Kids at AWC, Bangbil, Jharkhand

Kids at AWC, Bangbil, Jharkhand


and mostly during that the AWC fares slightly poorly in certain departments such as hygiene maintenance or resource care. However there has been massive improvement over the 6 months and the grade of the AWC in Bangbil, Jharkhand has improved to A from B+. The gradation is carried out

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by KS coordinators. Parameters of gradation include hygiene, maintenance

Moumita Samaddar Coordinator ECD Project, Jharkhand She mentioned that as a lot of mothers come to Anganwadi centre (AWC) to drop their children, AWC also serves as a site where women are introduced to other initiatives. Sanitary napkins, jute bags and, kitchen garden plants are also distributed at AWC. Certain AWC also host vocational trainings for women. Initially when the organisation started working the children were shy in speaking up in front of strangers but with regular interaction, they have learnt to greet visitors and interact freely. The organisation also ensures that Gradation process takes place every 6 months. The first gradation happens prior to the organisation’s intervention

of resources, timely function, interaction with kids, behavioral improvement in kids. Hindi/Bengali are languages used. The different zones help with their motor skills, gripping skills, color identification and sorting.

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Sumati Hansda E D U C A T I O N

AWC Sevika, Bangbil, Jharkhand Sumati mentioned that when the AWC started there were about 18 registered kids. Fewer kids attend during harvest / festival season. They are initially scared and timid when they join in the beginning – but become much more confident and playful by the time they leave. They are better prepared to attend primary school. Contribution from Karuna Shechen India has resulted in the AWC having many resources such as the various toys. The four different zones focus on four different skill sets which has really helped us focus on important areas of development. Compared to other government run AWCs, our kids are more engaged with the learning process and more excited to come to school.

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Parvati Kumar Parent, Bangbil, Jharkhand

E D U C A T I O N

Parvati mentioned that her son is 2 years old and she comes regularly to drop him off at AWC. Her family and she are happy that their son attends AWC as it would prepare him for school. She mentions that he enjoys playing

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here and this will help him to adjust to school life quickly when they enroll him into primary school. They believe that here at AWC along with playing he also learns. Additionally he likes the khichadi (savoury rice preparation) that is served and interacts with other children of his age. Even on holidays, the child picks up his bag and tells her - “let’s go to school!�

Parvati Kumari with her Son Shiva


E D U C A T I O N

AWC Sahayika (Assistant at AWC), Bangbil She mentioned that the children enjoy the zone that replicates home activities the most. They like cooking, taking care of the dolls – it’s what they see at home and like to behave in a manner similar to their parents. There are enough toys for everyone to be engaged – and no kid has to sit idle at any point.

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Subhadra Kumari Sevika, AWC Nawadih Subhadra has been working at this AWC since 2001. Karuna Shechen India intervention in the AWC has been in place since 2015. She mentioned that she has seen a noticeable difference after Karuna

E D U C A T I O N

Shechen India has intervened at the AWC. The children have better resources, especially toys that focus on different aspects of development. Better equipped AWC has also ensured higher attendance and enrolment at the centre. She mentioned that parents have also come to acknowledge that an AWC with Karuna Shechen India intervention has better resources for their children. They have 40 children registered currently. Sometimes unregistered children attend too. The children enjoy outdoor activities such as hoola hoops equally as the indoor ones like coloring. Majority of the children at the AWC are from nearby villages but some children come from as far as 3 kilometres.

AWC at Nawadih, Bihar

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E D U C A T I O N

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Kids at AWC at Nawadih, Bihar

Kids at AWC at Nawadih, Bihar

Young girl at AWC at Nawadih, Bihar

Subhadra Kumari Sevika with kids at AWC at Nawadih, Bihar


E D U C A T I O N

Madhuri Devi AWC Sevika, Bodh Gaya Madhuri has been working at AWC Kesapi for 32 years. Karuna Shechen India initiated their operation in the AWC since 2 years back. She mentioned that there is visible improvement in the attendance rate and retention among children due to the resources provided by Karuna Shechen India . They are happier at the prospect of coming to AWC and have been active than before.

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Adult Literacy (Non - Formal Education NFE) Bihar and Jharkhand are among the the poorest and the least literate states in India, women bear the greater

E D U C A T I O N

burnt and have minimum access to education. The literacy rate for women in rural areas is 44.30% in Bihar and 46.62% in Jharkhand. Such an high inciden illiteracy deprives women of economic self- reliance and prevents their active engagement in the socio-cultural life. KarunaShechen India seeks to empower poor women (both illiterates and school dropouts) by imparting educational and skill enhancement services through non- formal education (NFE). The objective of this programme is to promote adult literacy and learning especially among women. At some centres, NFE classes also facilitate income generating skill based training sessions for women. The key link in the programme are motivators, who belong to the local community and encourage women to participate in the programme.

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E D U C A T I O N

Pano Motivator, Jharkhand 39

Pano has been associated with Karuna Shechen since 2014. She mentioned that she has witnessed substantial progress over the last 4 years. The village community has grown receptive than before and looks forward to various initiatives by them. It was not easy to convince the villagers to trust someone they don’t know - especially as the people came from the city. As a local in the area she is able to easily develop a good rapport with community members. She mentioned that in the NFE classes women have shown good growth. Learning to read and write has had an impact on their overall personality. They’ve become proactive and confident. The ones who didn’t know to write their own name in the beginning are now also able to maintain their own accounts. NFE Teacher


Sonamani Tudu NFE Beneficiary Sonamani, 38 years old, is thankful that through these NFE

E D U C A T I O N

classes she is able to write her name, address and note down important information. She mentioned that her husband regularly sent her money for household expenses but she was unable to keep a track of it previously. She has now learnt to write and maintains a notebook with information about the amount of money he sends and where she spends. She mentioned that she enjoyed coming to these classes and they have been very helpful to her. She has not missed a single class for the last 3 years and her family is really proud of her.

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E D U C A T I O N

Yoga Classes The yoga classes are held with an aim to ensure holistic development. They aim to impart techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment to students, so that they can navigate life’s challenges with greater ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. It also helps in fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition.

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Babua Schools Babua Schools aim at familiarising out-of-school children from small hamlets to the concept of primary education. In far flung

E D U C A T I O N

places, young children are often unable to attend school as the nearest school is at a distance greater than walkable distance they can cover themselves. To address this gap, Babua schools were initiated where such areas were identified by the Karuna Shechen India team and local motivators encouraged the outof-school children to attend these schools. Primary education - mathematics, science and language is taught to these children with an objective that eventually they can join mainstream government schools.

221 students benefitted Arvind Kumar, Karuna Shechen India Coordinator

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In the health vertical, our programmes aim to serve the poorest with affordable and quality healthcare facilities. We also aim to promote alternative approaches to healing and therapeutic treatment like acupuncture and physiotherapy. Along with

Pathology

Vet Camps

facilitating treatment at OPDs, mobile clinic vans go to far flung villages to ensure better healthcare to the poorest of poor. The

H E A L T H

Shechen Clinic also has a pathology laboratory where blood tests can be carried out for better diagnosis.

H E A LT H OPD at Shechen Clinic

OPD : The outpatient department at Karuna Shechen clinics

Acupuncture and Physiotherapy Mobile Health Clinics

aims to serve economically weaker sections of the society for a nominal token fee and is the flagship health programme in the organisation. Mobile health clinics : A team of doctor, attendants and pharmacists travel through the villages helping address the health concerns of villagers in remote and distant villages.

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Acupuncture and physiotherapy : These non - surgical, non invasive and non -drug dependent treatment techniques have

OPD

resulted in visible and marked improvement in the chronic illnesses among patients.

Bihar is one of the poorest states in the country with 36 million

H E A L T H

people or 34% of its population living in abject poverty. Bihar Vet camps : Domesticated animals play a very important role in

ranks among the lowest in the country on indicators related to

rural areas where a major portion of the family’s economic and

primary healthcare infrastructure and reproductive and child

nutritional requirements. Their sickness results in great financial

health care. Health indicators such as infant mortality rate (IMR),

and emotional loss and vet camps aim to treat animals in

maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and total fertility rate (TFR),

villages.

among others, are some of the worst in the country.Jharkhand is also one of the most backward states in India with its

Pathology : This intervention was introduced to meet the

Multidimensional Poverty Index and Global Hunger Index (0.441

requirements of patients who could not afford private pathology

and 28.67%respectively) being worse than the national values

labs and to fasten the rate of diagnosis and treatment at the

(0.283 and 23.30 respectively).High level of poverty, lack of

Shechen clinic.

affordable healthcare infrastructure and dismal health indicators are the problems OPD at Shechen clinic aims to tackle.

51,886 patients treated

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H E A L T H

Location : Shechen Clinic, Bodh Gaya

Registration desk, OPD, Shechen Clinic, Bihar

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Dot Centre and Lab at Shechen Clinic, Bihar


H E A L T H

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chandel, Medical Officer, Shechen Clinic, Bodh Gaya Dr Chandel has been associated with Karuna Shechen India since 2010. He mentions that he has witnessed the growth of clinic both as an organization as

Muhammad-ul-Haq Beneficiary, Bodh Gaya

well as in the medical treatment they offer. They are now a two-doctor OPD and their reach in villages has also improved. Initially they started with just one

Muhammad mentioned that he is a regular at the Bodhgaya clinic for

mobile camp but now they have three regular camps. They have also started a

2 years now, since 2016. He suffers from diabetes and feels that the

veterinary camp. The geographic coverage of the mobile camps is greater. The

treatment at the clinic has definitely helped him. The medicines are

patients who come at the Shechen Clinic often travel long distances to reach

also dispensed along with treatment at a highly subsidised rate and he

there and also refer it to their friends and relatives. Majority of the patients are

mentioned that he can not afford the medicines at the market rate. In

surprised by how effective, both in terms of medicine and cost, the clinic is. They

spite of over an hour of travel that he undertakes to reach the clinic, he

also feel a visible change in their health status. Dr Chandel believes that in the

prefers it over other government or private ones. He added that he had

year to come the clinic will offer greater number of services on the health front to

also consulted doctors in Patna but their treatment did not make much

the people.

difference to his health status.

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H E A L T H

Location : Shechen Clinic, Hata

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Jute bags distributed to patients at the Shechen Clinic in Hata, Jharkhand.


Mr Kumar and his family Beneficiaries This family of four travels every week for two hours because they feel this is the

H E A L T H

best option they have to recover faster. Mr Arvind suffers from diabetes and his father, mother and wife come to the clinic for their acupuncture treatment. He heard of the Shechen Clinic from a doctor at a medical store near his place. He mentions that they were not familiar with the acupuncture treatment before coming to the clinic. It was only after visiting the clinic and witnessing its effectiveness they understood that its highly beneficial. There has been visible improvement in his father’s condition who has a neurological problem. Arvind Kumar and family, beneficiaries of Shechen Clinic in Hata, Jharkhand.

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Alternative Healing Approaches Acupuncture & Physiotherapy

H E A L T H

1037 patients treated

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Acupuncture treatment being administered at the Shechen Clinic in Hata, Jharkhand.


H E A L T H

Dr. Jaya Moitra Medical Officer, Shechen Clinic, Hata, Jharkhand.

Dr. Swati Sonal Physiotherapist, Shechen Clinic, Bodh Gaya

Dr Jaya mentioned that they are able to cure most patients within 3-5 sessions of

Dr Sonal has been working with Karuna Shechen India for 2 years now. One

acupuncture treatment. Almost all new patients are reluctant to try this treatment

of the biggest challenge they face is to convince patients that they can get

at first - mostly due to fear of needles. But once they are convinced, and they

better via exercise - which is the central tenet of physiotherapy. It is only when

undergo first session of treatment they are able to see noticeable improvement.

they witness an improvement in their condition are they convinced and also

And once they realize that it’s completely pain free and gives such good results

encourage others in their locality to visit the clinic. Many patients, however, do

they themselves come back for more. Most of the recurring patients now request

not follow up and continue with the sessions once they learn the exercise from

for acupuncture points and ask her not to prescribe any medicines. She has had

us. The harvest season witnesses a high drop in the number of patients. Some

some patients who come back for acupuncture sessions even after they are cured

of the patients come all the way from Jharkhand border and other districts as

as they like the treatment and feel good afterward. Clinic receives new patients

well. With Karuna Shechen India, she mentioned that she is also getting an

from distant places, even other bordering states, because of the good word that

opportunity to learn acupuncture. Initially patients are scared of needles, but yet

the current patients spread about acupuncture. People who haven’t managed

again, after experiencing it once they prefer acupuncture for its many benefits.

to find a solution anywhere else, tend to come here and find relief. Some of the common health problems we have treated at the clinic through acupuncture include neurological problems, muscular problems, PCOD, migraine etc.

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Rampati Yadav, 68 year old, patient since 6 months

Dr. S M Tabish, Physiotherapist

Pinky Kumari, Patient

Shiv Bhukan Yadav from Buti Bigha, 60 year old, patient since 3 months.


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Mobile Health Clinics

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The aim is to reach the rural communities through the Mobile Clinics which offer quality healthcare services at the doorstep of the people residing in far flung villages, who would otherwise lack medical facilities due to their remoteness.

Dr. A N Singh, at medical camp.


H E A L T H

Narendas Kumar, Beneficiary, watches as his goat receives injection.

Veterinary Health Camp Group of veterinary doctors and attendants visit villages and treat livestock. They dispense dewormers and other medicines to livestock owners and give them instructions and demonstrations on how to use them. Routine health check up program for livestock is also offered at the camp.

2,684 animals treated

Dr. Thakur Balwant Singh Veterinary Doctor, Bodh Gaya Dr Singh mentioned that they majorly treat cows, buffalos, goats, an occasional horse and sometimes dogs & cats. They tour villages and host 3 camps per week. Each village is visited after 2-3 months. Common ailments include diarrhoea, reproductive problems and animals in unexplainable pain. Certain villages are too dry and unable to provide the right nutrition that the animals need via the greens which makes them really weak. Along with providing treatment to their ailing animals they also create awareness on how to better raise animals and look after them so that they remain healthy for longer. Villagers are taught about regular deworming and how to change their nutrition as per the season so as to avoid deficiencies.

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Babulal Kumar Beneficiary He mentioned that both their cows had contracted some strange infection and were suffering for a week now. They were not able to deduce the cause of the infection neither able to solve it. He mentioned that they were fortunate that they heard

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

The community development projects look at developing community

Computer education

assets and ushering holistic growth of the community. smBC : The trademark of small money, BIG CHANGE projects is the involvement of community members at every stage of its conceptualisation, execution and maintenance. It includes projects like

smBC

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

construction of ponds, wells and toilets.

Kitchen gardens

Kitchen gardens : It aims at providing a sustainable source of nutrition and an additional source of income to the beneficiaries as well as revival

Toilet construction Pond development Wells development

of the usage of traditional seeds Computer training : The aim of this project is to ensure the youth in the socially and economically marginalised communities can learn technology related skills that prepare them for their future career. Computer training is a market demand driven course and youth attending this course also contribute to the society in form of mandatory social work /volunteering which is a part of their curriculum.

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

small money, BIG CHANGE (smBC) The program, ‘small money, BIG CHANGE’ funds and facilitates the community in development projects by involving them from initial phase of deciding the type of development project to be undertaken through its implementation. The programme is based on active community participation at all stages of the development project and positions poor and underserved communities as development actors participating actively in project planning and management rather than as passive beneficiaries of the same. As a part of small money, BIG CHANGE initiative, organisation offers help to communities and families who are willing to work for ushering a

Mamta, Beneficiary, Jharkhand

substantial change in their lives. The contribution is usually 50-50. The

Mamta mentioned that most of their neighbours received grant for toilet

beneficiary puts in first 50% of funding/efforts and the organisation put

construction from the government, however they did not. When Karuna Shechen

in the other 50%. Organisation does not volunteer 100% help so as to

India team told them about the possibility of building their own toilet, they were

ensure the beneficiary develops a sense of ownership.

very interested. Before this they did not have sufficient funds or the means to

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construct a private toilet. With the help of Karuna Shechen India they constructed a toilet and they mention that it is both convenient and hygienic. They are happy that they no longer have to travel far and are not time bound either.


D E V E L O P M E N T

Manju Devi and Family Beneficiary Their toilet was constructed 2-3 months back. They submitted an application to receive assistance from Karuna Shechen IndiaI. Once the application was

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approved, they initiated the construction work and received help from Karuna Shechen India in the form of tanks, pipes and fixtures. It has been a relief for their family that they don’t have to go out of home anymore for toilet. All the females in the household are using the toilet.

Manju Devi (extreme right) with her son and daughter in law.

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Balumstri Kumar & Meena Devi with their children Nisha and Karan.

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Arvind Kumar & Geeta Devi with their children - Ranjan, Vishal and Karishma

310 toilets 1860 beneficiaries Cost sharing: Karuna Shechen India contribution -INR 25,87,064 (45%) Beneficiary contribution - INR 32,35,052 (55%)


D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

PONDS (smBC) Shri Prasad Beneficiary The pond was constructed in 2017. It was a joint effort between the community members and the Karuna Shechen India team. The pond has proved to be economically beneficial to all the families in the villages. The families are able to have a fish farm, utilise the water for irrigation while maintaining a decent ground water level throughout the year. It took about one month to build the pond. This co-owned resource has also increased internal bonding within the community. Once the community understood how successful the project was and realized all the benefits of it, they thought it would be better to invest in one more pond for better distribution and utilization of resources.

Community members of Manjhagawan and KS coordinators, pictured next to the new pond.

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

T P Singh Block Coordinator, Sirdala Block, Nawada District, Bihar The village was brought to Karuna Shechen India attention by a community member. The team then surveyed the place, held a meeting with the village community and assessed their needs. The approach was to provide need based help. The requests made by villagers are carefully assessed and prioritised. This land was identified as a potential site for the development of the water reserve - pond. The idea of joint ownership for the resource was proposed to the community and upon their acceptance roadmap to its creation was formulated.

Rajesh Ranjan Community Member

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We approached Karuna Shechen India to check the feasibility of medical camp in the village. Then we started discussing other possibilities, such as irrigation, water harvesting etc. Before the intervention, the main source of water for the villagers was directly from the river - which was 3 kilometres away. The potential site was community owned asset and could be transformed in a pond. Once the pond construction work was completed, the Karuna Shechen India team also suggested that saplings be planted around its perimeter to enhance the green cover and serve as boundary. After the success of this pond, another pond was built nearby which has been a success too. The creation of pond has been economically beneficial to the entire village and has had a positive impact on the

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village and its residents.


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Greenery surrounds the new pond at Manjhagawan.

Panchayat Motivator


D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

WELLS (smBC) Well 1 at Keula

Members of the Keula Tola community, who co-own the well

Members of the community who co-own the well.

Villagers in Keula Beneficiaries They mentioned that the well had multiple benefits after it became functional. They were able to have a good harvest and could access water easily (for both villagers and their livestock). Initially they had to travel a long distance to get water. Since May 2017 (when the well was constructed) it has become convenient for the community members to carry out everyday tasks.

Well 2 belonging to Keula Tola

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

Kitchen Garden

30,767 lives touched Bihar 21,612 Jharkhand 9,155

Ranita Coordinator, Kitchen Garden Project, Jharkhand Packets of seeds are distributed by the organisation at a subsidised rate.

It aims to improve nutritional status among the economically

Every season people get a different batch of seeds. The primary objective is

backward communities along with creating income generating

to encourage the villagers to plant the seeds for their personal consumption.

opportunities for such communities where they can sell surplus

However, some of them also use them as a source of supplementary income by

vegetables and fruits. Seeds and plants of seasonal vegetables

growing vegetables/fruits and selling the surplus produce in the market. Before

and fruits are distributed amongst the disadvantaged

monsoon, creeper variety is distributed so that they are not affected by the rain.

communities and also at OPD centres at a nominal free. The beneficiaries are also guided and their gardens regularly

The eating habit of the people in region greatly gravitates towards rice

monitored by the Karuna Shechen India team.

consumption resulting in nutrient deficiency. The seeds that Karuna Shechen India distributes make up for the nutrition deficiency. Organic farming is also promoted as it is both affordable and sustainable. Most of the houses have their own cattle, and can prepare natural manure.

12,831 Fruit plants distributed

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Bhavani and Sarat Beneficiaries They mention that the produce from the seeds distributed by Karuna Shechen India is sufficient for both of them. Though it takes efforts to look after the seeds till they bear fruits it is better and cheaper than buying vegetables from market. Initially they would buy from the market and the vegetables would not remain fresh. They had to consume it quickly and couldn’t store for more than a day. Making a trip to market everyday was time consuming and expensive. Having the vegetables in their own garden has made it easier for them to eat fresh vegetables regularly. They mainly grow lauki, chichinga and spinach. They were also

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able to sell off surplus chichinga that they produced.

Bhavani Devi and Saratchandra Mhatre, beneficiaries of Kitchen Garden initiative.

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

Mathur Family Beneficiaries Jageshwar Mathur (97 years old) lives with his wife Parvati Mathur (85) and daughter Subhadra Mathur (37 years old). Subhadra is the primary caretaker of her aged parents and does not get a lot of time to devote to farming. They have a small kitchen garden that produces sufficient vegetables for their consumption. The family has been associated with Karuna Shechen India for the last two years. 91

The kitchen garden belonging to Subhadra Mathur and her family, in the village of Jaikand.


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Rakhi Kumari, in her kitchen garden.

Umashankar Prasad in his kitchen garden


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Nursery

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Sujit Kumar, Care taker, tending to plants at the Bodh Gaya nursery


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Vocational Training - Computer Education Computers play a vital role in the modern business world, and many of even the most basic jobs involve technology and computers. Teaching students how to use computers helps them prepare for any number of possible careers, and classes based on computer education can get even more specific. The focus is on clerical computer skills and desktop publishing skills such as banner designing/printing etc. A one time fee of Rs 375 rupees per person is charged, which is the cost of the course material. Textbooks are distributed among the students during the course of the training.A completion certificate is awarded to students at the end of the training for the ones who attend classes regularly and successfully complete the training.

120 students benefitted

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

Dinesh Kumar Computer teacher at vocational training centre, Bodh Gaya There are 6 batches of classes that run currently. Each batch has 9 students. The focus is on clerical computer skills and desktop publishing skills such as banner designing/printing etc. A one time fee of Rs 375 rupees per person is charged, which is the cost of the course material. Textbooks are distributed among the students during the course of the training. If the course were to be free, it would not have been met with the same seriousness from the students. A completion certificate is awarded to students at the end of the training for the ones who attend classes regularly and successfully complete the training. As the students are charged only for the textbooks and not the course, the students are required to volunteer for community centric social work for a set number of hours. Some students act as motivators and encourage others to join the centre. We verify their social work through photographs and regular visits.

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Purshottam Kumar Student, Bodh Gaya It was his first time learning computer and he was very excited about it. He aspires to work in an office in future and knows that

Mini Kumari

computer know-how is essential

Computer teacher at vocational training centre, Bodh Gaya

mandated social work, he teaches

for that. As a part of his course children and mentions that he enjoys

She has been teaching at the centre for the last 7-8 months. She

teaching. Some of the children he

mentioned that her first batch of students completed their training

teaches attend his sessions regularly

very recently and she feels proud when she sees how far they have

and he hopes to teach them

come with respect to computer literacy and their dedication to

computer skills in future.

social work. She mentioned that it is remarkable to see them get trained not only in computer skills but also develop overall as a better, more active member in the society.

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D E V E L O P M E N T C O M M U N I T Y

Plantation

Jute bags : The patients in the OPD, women in the communities are offered and encouraged to use jute bags as a greener alternative to traditional plastic bags. Go Green : Go Green initiative aims to foster environmental

Go Green

ENVIRONMENT

Rain water harvesting

awareness among school going children through extra curricular activities like quizzes, drawing competitions, essay writing and extempore. Plantation : Saplings are planted along side roads and community areas serving twofold purpose - increasing the green cover and fostering solidarity among communities.

Jute bag distribution

15,000+ lives impacted

Rain water harvesting : The project involves construction of rainwater catchment infrastructure such as tanks etc which can be used to meet the daily needs of the family and community.

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Go Green GoGreen initiative was introduced at St. Robert’s School

Prize winners of the Go Green competitions at St. Robert’s School, Jamshedpur

with the student strength of 1700 children. Several competitions were organized with the theme “GoGreen” to create awareness amongst students and initiate a conversation. Competitions included slogan writing, essay writing, poster making and best-out-of-waste crafts making. Competitions had commenced from morning and the winners were felicitated at the end of the day during the

Students participate in poster making competition as part of the Go Green campaign at St. Robert’s School, Jamshedpur.

closing assembly. Jute bags were also distributed to all the kids that encouraged them to shun plastic and opt for more environment friendly materials.

14,488 jute bags distributed Students of St. Robert’s School in Jamshedpur hold the Jute Bags distributed by Karuna-Shechen

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Tree Plantation

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1,842 Trees Planted The aim of this initiative is the plantation and maintenance of saplings in public areas. The aim of the project is to

Rainwater harvesting

2,000+ people impacted 454 household installed Rainwater Harvesting

enrich the forest green cover and biodiversity in the area.

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Urmila Devi Beneficiary The tank was installed before the monsoon season, and during the rainy season it was able to collect good amount of water at least 4-5 times. The collected water was used for the daily chores and it turned out to be extremely useful. Its utility encouraged us to recommend our other relatives to get similar apparatus installed before next season.


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Women Health and Hygiene : This programme aims to foster greater health awareness among the rural women. It also helps them break

Women health and hygiene

taboos surrounding female health and encourages them to have a healthy dialogue amongst themselves. Vocational training : As a part of vocational training market driven courses like incense sticks, papad, soft toy, hand bags making skills are imparted to women.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

E-rickshaw : Under this project, the women are trained to drive battery operated rickshaw. These e-rickshaws are also environment friendly and offer a chance to women to earn a decent livelihood. The aim of the project is to impart new skills that can play a role towards income generation and poverty alleviation. Workshops are conducted by a team member from the Karuna Shechen India team where the women attendees are initially asked the skills they will

Vocational skills

E-rickshaw training

be interested in learning. These skills are then matched with their popularity in the market and ability to ensure women can make a

245 women trained 11,000 women benefitted

living after learning these skills. The women are also provided with required raw material for the training ( fabric, accessories etc) and are supported at the end to market their products.

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Women Health and Hygiene

10,306 women impacted

Debaswati

H E A L T H

Coordinator, Women Health & Hygiene Project, Jharkhand

The objective of the programme is to disseminate information about the preventive and curative aspect of female health and hygiene among the women in semi-urban and rural settings. Women who understand the importance of their personal and community hygiene are able to improve the health condition of their family members and themselves. The village motivators and coordinators also follow up with pregnant women and infants and encourage them for timely immunisations. Over the years institutional child births have increased satisfactorily in the villages of our intervention. We also ensure women have access to affordable sanitary napkins and teach them the importance of its use as well as demonstrate methods of usage and disposal.

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In the women Health and Hygiene sessions, the focus is to raise further awareness about safe hygiene practices and the benefits of sanitary napkins. For those women, who are averse to using sanitary pads or cannot afford to buy them regularly, we advice on how to maintain cleanliness and have a safe period by using cloth. There are many social barriers that women face while menstruating. Some of the villagers also believe in some myths regarding the usage of sanitary napkins and have certain taboos. We promote awareness to dispel these myths but tread carefully since behavioural change takes time. Information is also disseminated among adolescent girls at schools and women in villages through nukkad nataks (plays), interactive sessions and with the help of visual aids. The medical staff members at the clinic also help in debunking the menstrual myths and advocating for better health and hygiene to be followed

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by women.

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Visual aid to familiarise adolescent girls with female anatomy

Karuna Shechen India team member demonstrating how to use a sanitary napkin


E M P O W E R M E N T

Vocational Training

At the centre women are taught easily

Farheen, Karuna-Shechen coordinator and teacher at vocational training centre in Jamshedpur.

sellable products like soft toys and macrame bags. Additionally efforts are made to teach festive goodies like rakhi and diyas (candles) which have

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shorter selling life but greater demand. The main objective of the course is to encourage women to pursue this vocation for earning supplementary

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Toys created by women at Karuna-Shechen’s vocational training centre in Jamshedpur.

income. The women show a lot of enthusiasm to learn new things, and we are hoping to introduce more handmade crafts in the future.

Farheen Coordinator, Vocational Training, Jharkhand

Women at Karuna-Shechen’s vocational training centre in Jamshedpur.


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Sukhmati Beneficiary, Jharkhand

Sukhmati has been a part of the vocational training programme since 2015. Prior to that she indulged in tailoring from home. With a family which supports her decision to learn vocational skills, she stays at a distance of 10 minutes from the centre, which makes her commute very convenient for her. After learning new skills at the

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centre and selling the products that she has made, she is able to earn an additional income of 1000-1500 rupees. She also receives orders from time to time for specific products. At the centre she has learnt to make soft toys, macrame bags, rakhis etc. She aspires to learn to create other items such as fancy candles and wants to open her own store one day where she can sell all these handmade products. The decision of joining the skill training course makes her feel proud of herself as she is meaningfully engaged in a productive occupation. She has also been teaching others and training women for a year now.

Making of macrame bags at the vocational training centre in Jamshedpur


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Beneficiary, Jharkhand Sarita lives with her husband and 7 year old daughter and travels 2km one way to attend vocational training sessions. It has been a year that she joined the programme. Initially she learnt how to make soft toys such as dolphin, penguin, rabbit, monkey, puppy etc. After learning the different varieties of toys, she moved on to macrame bags and then rakhis. The items she creates has earned her praise from her friends and family and many have commissioned her to make special bags as well. She had not worked after marriage, but she

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was excited about joining the centre as she wanted to learn how to make handmade products. Her neighbour who attended the class as well informed Sarita of this opportunity. In less than a year she has picked up the skills very well and also mentors other students. So passionate is she about learning new items to create that she wishes the classes were held everyday. Her favorite item to make is the teddy bear.

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Raymat Beneficiary, Jharkhand Raymat attends the training centre with two of her aunts for the last four months. In the beginning she learnt to make soft toys. As Raksha bandhan was around the corner, they learnt making rakhis;she was able to sell 200 rakhis and earned a profit of Rs 1200. Along with pursuing vocational training she is juggling her education and is completing her masters. They are being taught to create macrame bags and bigger soft toys at the class. She actively promotes vocational training among her friends and community members. The positive atmosphere and encouraging attitude from the trainer at the centre makes it a welcoming place for all the students she feels.

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Beneficiary, Bodh Gaya Suman joined the centre 4 months ago. She mentioned that it has been an enjoyable experience to learn new skills. They started with making soft toys and are continuing to learn more varieties of soft toys. She was informed of the centre by her friend. Her family, especially her father, has been very supportive of her decision to join the centre. He is most impressed by her

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ability to use these skills to earn an income.

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E M P O W E R M E N T

Suman

Prashansa Priya, vocational trainer.


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E M P O W E R M E N T

MANJU DEVI 32, E-rick driver

E- Rickshaw

When Manju Devi wanted to learn how to drive an E-Rick, everyone around her told her that she would not be able to as it was

Women were trained to drive e-rickshaws at the centre for three

too difficult for her. But she was determined

months and then extended financial help to buy e-rickshaw.

to learn and so she took on the challenge.

Karuna Shechen India also facilitated in creating their bank

Her husband was very supportive of her

accounts so that they could deposit their earnings in their

decision, and encouraged her by telling that

account. In the first batch 6 women were trained who then went

if other women in their neighbourhood could

on to spread the word of the usefulness of the programme

do it, then so could she. Once she took the

and encouraged other women to join the course. The women

training, she managed to learn it completely

mention that initially they faced resistance from their male

within 20 days. Soon she had started making

counterparts but the soft skills component of the course coupled

a decent earning from driving the auto, and

with encouragement from the Karuna Shechen centre helped

was able to contribute to her household

them stay on track. They mention that now the male drivers too

expenses. She uses her income primarily for

respect them and appreciate their driving.

her children’s education, while her husband

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focuses on agriculture to provide for food. Becoming an E-Rick driver has instilled a new found sense of confidence in Manju and she is eager to teach similar values of determination and hard work to her children.

Manju Devi, E-Rick Driver


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Sushila Devi E-Rick Driver

Sushila is a mother of three children and as her husband has no regular job, Sushila was struggling with finances at her home. She couldn’t identify a job that she could undertake to make additional income. She heard about Karuna Shechen India and learnt about this opportunity from another E-Rickshaw driver. While she was hesitant to take up driving before due to undue influence of gender roles, when she observed her friend drive, and attended the training session at Shechen-Clinic, she was motivated to take it up full time. She also appreciated the fact that the initial investment on her part was nil, and the returns were much higher.

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Friends of Karuna-Shechen India Nadine Donnet Former Field Operations Director, Karuna-Shechen

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In the last five years, Karuna Shechen India has gone from ponctuels humanitarian actions to development ones. The difference hold into a long lasting global approach of the village communities to eradicate poverty through diversified and integrated actions dedicated to the smallest unity of life in India where the role of the women are major in the village : non formal education of women, mental stimulation of young children at pre school centre, vocational training for women, family food producing, healthcare for all delivered in Shechen clinic as well as in mobile medical camps, private and collective hygiene; general benefit through environmental actions with massive trees plantations, intelligent use of rain water harvesting, enrichment of soils for optimum results under the

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challenge of a climate unfavourable to human life.

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Family volunteers at Karuna-Shechen India

Within the frame of a 3-month travel to India, Nepal and Tibet, we spent a month as volunteers and had the chance to discover the different projects of Karuna-Shechen India. We were based in BodhGaya and worked on two types of needs. Romain focused mainly on the digitalization of the workflow in the clinics, as with approx. 150 patients a day, the paperwork becomes very demanding and the analyse of the data is difficult. Estelle, Timothée, Adam and Ninon worked on the documentation of the projects in the different programs of the organization, shooting thematic videos: health, education, environment, community development and empowerment of women. Being there as a family has helped us getting very positive contacts during our visits, which was very important to get authentic feedback for our interviews and videos. As we visited the projects in the villages, we were particularly impressed by the participation of the population. For instance, when we visited the village of Mangawan where a “small money BIG CHANGE” project was implemented to fight against the lack of water, the commitment of both the populations and the staff of Karuna Shechen has given us energy and inspiration that we brought back in Europe! We are eager to continue supporting Karuna Shechen India in the future, as we know the value of the projects there, and the know-how of the staff in long-term development projects. - Lauvergne Family

The Lauvergne Family: Romain, Adam (14), Ninon (11), Estelle and Timothée (17)

Not so many organizations would have welcomed volunteers -and above all a family! with so much warmth and professionalism. We are very grateful for this experience and

hope to come back soon. - Estelle and Romain

I was so sad to leave BodhGaya, where it was fun to go to work every day. We loved the

We are very proud that the videos we made as well as some of the pictures we took of

people, our office and the masala tea! - Ninon

children in the villages are used in the social media by Karuna-Shechen! - Adam and Timothée

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Local Income (in INR)

Sector wise Expenditure : KS India 2018

(Beneficiaries contribution and donations): Fixed Assets (including Jharkhand Clinic construction)

14.4% 50,90,088

Capacity Building and Functioning 9.7%

38.9%

31,18,574

2,18,797 2011

2,99,631 2012

17,01,525

22,79,180 24,20,489

6,63,680 2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total expenditure in 2018 : INR 4,87,96,773 : USD 774,552 (@ INR 63)

Community Development and Women Empowerment

24.0% 6.6% 6.4% Environment

Education

Health

A N N E X U R E

A N N E X U R E

2011-218

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Karuna-Shechen India Annual Report 2018  

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We are pleased to share with you our Indian Annual Report for 2018.