‘Karunah Society for Development’ is a society founded with a vision to work for the upliftment of communities in backward areas of country. We are working in the state of Madhya Pradesh primarily.
Karunah’s aim is to work with the backward and needy people of society. We started our activities in 2015, working with building trust with community. Step-by-step we are taking it forward to improve their health, education and livelihood.
We are working with Nahar community of Prabhat Pattan village in Betul district. This community is working with BHILWA nuts and breaks Bhilwa nut to get GODAMBI out of it. The left out of Bhilwa nut is burnt to extract oil out of it. This community is very backward and illiterate. Most of the adults are having habit of smoking and drinking. A community woman works hard to break BHILWA for 6 to 8 hours a day. In crop season, woman goes to farms for labor work.
Bhilwa oil is toxic in nature. While breaking Bhilwa nut, oil from nut sprinkles on body and remains as black spot on body. This spots leads converts in to ‘untouchability’, even in schools, other cast children keep distance from Nahar children. Hence some parents do not send their children to school even.
We are running an activity center to motivate Nahar children towards education and school. We provide them health snacks too. We are also building capacities of Nahar women by providing them interest free loans. As of now we have provided this kind of loan to 30 women.
We are doing research on Bhilwa and its market. We are keen to help community to deal with market directly to earn more and to keep middle man out of the picture.
Trust Building with Nahar Community
We have started working with the Nahar community of Prabhat Pattan village in Betul district.
Community is working with Bhilwa nuts to get its Dry fruit & Oil out of it.
This community is very backward and illiterate. Most of the male adults are having habit of smoking and drinking. Only women members are working with the Bhilwa livelihood. They have black spots and wounds on their hands-legs and other body parts due to toxicity of the Bhilwa oil. This spots, wounds led social distance with other casts. Even the kids are not treated well in schools hence many of the kids are not going to schools even.
We have started:
1. An “Activity Centre” for kids to motivate them towards education.
2. Capacity building of women members by providing interest free loans to them.
3. Health campus for Nahar Community