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Karuna Deutschland e.V. works in India and Nepal, where millions of people suffer lives of grinding poverty and oppression, excluded from the region’s economic boom.

Those most affected are known as Dalits, literally meaning “broken people”, who are placed at the bottom of the caste system on the basis of birth. They are forced to do the most degrading and humiliating work, such as cleaning out toilet pits of whole villages or clearing away carcasses. Thus they are considered “impure” and therefore “untouchable”.

Dalit children and women are particularly at risk. Women suffer the double discrimination of gender and caste, with most being taken out of school early to be sold into marriage and household service at the cost of their own independence.

We support people to help themselves. Thus we work together with partner organisations in India and Nepal. They are familiar with the local situation and are trusted by the people. Our projects empower people to master and improve their living conditions with regard to education, self determination and healthcare.

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