Karuna Germany

Karuna Deutschland e.V. works in India and Nepal, where hundreds of 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 outside the caste system on the basis of birth. Considered “impure”, and therefore “untouchable”, they are forced to do the most degrading and humiliating work, such as cleaning out toilet pits of whole villages or clearing away carcasses.

Dalit children and women are particularly at risk. More than half of Dalit children drop out before finishing primary school, while 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.

This epidemic of exclusion based on caste has existed for centuries. It serves only to widen the ever-growing poverty gap and social and economic progress of millions in South Asia.

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. find out more...

Supporters comment:

"I consider it important to give people help for selfhelp to enable them to develop their potential. Supporters of Karuna work on a voluntary basis with much commitment, so the assistance for people in need is really effectiv. It is emotionally affecting to follow the progress of the projects (e.g. Facebook) and watching what is happening in the projects. It confirms the value of the work of Karuna Deutschland." 

Heike Höning, Meerbusch

"I feel deeply touched by the situation of the Dalits in India. Prejudices and discrimination make me very sad. I want to help people being liberated from this apparently destitute situation. Karuna Deutschland maintains good contact to people on the ground who are very dedicated in providing assistance to selfhelp. Each individual matters and influences his social environment."

Claudia Krüger, Essen

"I support  Karuna Deutschland because this organisation is effectively and unbureaucraticly providing valuable assistance.The extremely low administrative costs make my donation go where help is really needed."

Dietmar Becker, Sundern

"I have been so fortunate to meet the head of one project supported by Karuna Deutschland. She is a young doctor carrying out fantastic work in Nepal. I seldom experienced someone so directly convincing.
With rather modest funds great changes are achieved here."
Andrea Brandenburger, Essen