Karuna Trust

Educate and empower 450 girls in West Bengal

In villages just outside Calcutta, 450 vulnerable girls will have the chance to escape an early marriage or trafficking through a holistic approach to education that involves the whole community.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (327461)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




An entrenched system of patriarchy means that girls are grossly devalued and excluded in key arenas. Education is one such area. The female literacy rate is just 60%. Deprived of education, many girls are married off as early as 13 years old, and pregnancies at a young age are common. The prevalence of child labour and violence against girls in the home has also contributed to the situation where the number of female students dropping out of secondary school is double than that of boys.


The project will directly tackle current barriers to girls’ education. It will give them the materials needed to attend school, and out-of-school help, such as home visits and help to form peer groups amongst the girls where the focus will be on issues such as reproductive health care, gender discrimination and child marriage.