In cooperation with our partner organisations in India and Nepal, Karuna Deutschland helps people to help themselves. The projects help people to improve their situation in terms of health care, education and self-determination.
- Maitri Network: Effectively combating violence against women in India
- Reducing inequality – for violence free schools
- Self-defence and self-assurance – Girls and young women learn to say no
- “Voice of women”– access to effective legal services
- Building with eco-friendly bricks – A sustainable livelihood for rural communities
- Vegetable instead of rats for Musahar and Dom communities
- Climate change: Strong communities and adapted ecosystems in Bangladesh and India – Participatory response to climate change, poverty and constant threat of natural disasters
- Nepal: Safe births for young mothers and babies – Birth assistance and education also in rural areas
- “Strong Girls” project in Nepal – Educational opportunities for disadvantaged children
- Dignity for women – End Chhaupadi! – Safe menstruation instead of stigmatisation and exclusion – access to reproductive health in Western Nepal
- Improving maternal and child health care and family planning in Nepal
- Understanding global interrelationships – Development policy in education on the example of India and Nepal
- Finished projects
The “largest democracy in the world”, enormous economic development, high-tech everywhere: this is India, a country that is striving towards the modern world at a rapid pace and that in many areas has long been right in the middle of it.
But India is also: a country full of slums, a country where large parts of the population are still discriminated against as “untouchables”, although according to the constitution the caste discrimination anchored in traditional Hinduism has been abolished. The caste system should no longer have any influence on people's lives and development opportunities.
The life of the poor in slums and in rural areas is something quite different. There, many Dalits, as people from the lowest classes call themselves, mainly struggle to survive.
Many of the people discriminated against as “untouchables” have converted to Buddhism, which rejected the caste ideology of Hinduism already 2,500 years ago. Their great role model, the lawyer and first Minister of Justice Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891 to 1956) is deeply revered (photo).
It is a tremendous effort to make the human right to personal development a reality while living in an environment of poverty, ignorance, superstition and oppression.
Under these difficult circumstances, women and children have even worse prospects for a peaceful life in which they can learn and be creative and confidently exercise their human rights.
Without a push from outside and help to help oneself, it is almost impossible to positively influence one's own life circumstances. All too often, only resignation and fatalism remain.
Nepal – known for its temples and the Himalayan mountains, which include Mount Everest. But the “roof of the world” is also marked by caste apartheid, oppression of women and discrimination. The Dalit population in Nepal is estimated at between 13.8% and 20%, according to the 2011 census. Other communities such as Janajati (indigenous people) and Muslims are also among the most disadvantaged groups.
Frequent changes of government, general strikes and natural disasters have destabilised the country. About one third of the population lives below the poverty line and life expectancy is in the bottom third compared to other Asian countries. Almost half of all children living in Nepal suffer from malnutrition and undernourishment. And there are still discriminatory practices such as “Chaupadi”: according to this tradition, women are forbidden to touch other people and objects during menstruation and have to live outside the community, mostly in a cattle shed.
Nepal is also a country with many opportunities. The active participation of local people and sustainable engagement can bring about positive changes in this country.
Karuna Deutschland supports projects in Nepal in the fields of education, health and women's empowerment.
Development education in Germany
In order to increase awareness of development policy aspects and global interrelationships in Germany, Karuna Deutschland is now also active with a project in Germany.
Karuna Germany has supported a number of small projects since 2007. Our bigger projects were:
- India: Dhardo Rimpoche School for children from impoverished families
- India: Maitri Network Project 2016–2019 – combating violence against women
- India: Uplifting women and girls in eight slums of Nagpur
- India: Decent work for women
- India: Self-defence for girls
- India: Vulnerable girls in Amravati live in safety
- India: Nomadic children can live securely
- Nepal: Rehabilitation – Mother-child health after the earthquake in Dhading
- India: Education in Bihar – the Dobhi Village School
- Nepal: Mother and child health in Pharping
- India: Sexworker's children get chances for the future
- Nepal: For healthy children and mothers – establishment of two obstetric wards