Karuna Trust

Educate Children Living in Rural Poverty

60% of children in these villages in rural Goa do not finish their education, with 35% dropping out before age 12. The reasons are poverty, lack of interest in educating children, and caste prejudice. We are working to address these causes and ensure these children enrol and stay in school.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (327461)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




60% of the children in these villages do not complete their education. These children are from oppressed caste and tribal backgrounds. Though education is the only way to transcend the cycle of grinding poverty which their families are trapped in, many factors prevent them from completing their schooling. These include terrible prejudice and discrimination, as well as unsupportive home environments, and parents who do not value education. The situation is particularly dire for the girls.


The Karuna Trust are working with our local partner to make sure children enrol and remain in school. This requires engagement at every level, including: awareness raising campaigns for parents; study support for children from pre-school age; and vocational skills training and support for higher education (for older children). The main intervention is 2 hostels, which gives the 72 poorest children access to a supportive environment, good food and study support, near a good school.