Karunah Society for Development

Registered address : Main Road, Bodkhi (Amla), Betul, MP

Office address: Nr. Ambedkar Bhavan, At Prabhat Pattan-460665, Dist: Betul, Madhya Pradesh


Contact : 9879397430 / 9998000081 / 9977714870 / 8200870603

email: office@karunahsociety.org

Website: http://www.karunahsociety.org/

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About Society:


‘Karunah Society for Development’ is founded with the vision to work for the welfare of needy communities in backward areas of the country, especially Madhya Pradesh.


We are registered under Madhya Pradesh Societies Registration Adhiniyam, 1973 with registration no. 01/06/01/30006/15 dated 25-Aug-2015. Registered office of the society is situated at Main Road, Bodkhi, Amla, Dist: Betul, Madhya Pradesh, India. 


Karunah’s aim is to work with the backward and needy people of society for their socioeconomic uplifment. In 2015, we started working with communities in the area by building trust. Working with clear directions and systematic processes, we aim to make the lives of the communities better in terms of better health, skill education and sustainable livelihood.

About the area:


The population of Madhya Pradesh is over 7 crore. More than 75% of the population resides in villages whose main occupation is agriculture, while the rest of the population lives in towns. The majority population is Hindu with Muslims making up the largest minority community. The tribes of Madhya Pradesh constitute over 20 % of the state's population and are mainly concentrated in southern, southwestern and eastern parts of the state.


Betul, is one of the marginally located backward southern districts of Madhya Pradesh, lying almost wholly on the Satpura plateau.


The district derives its name from the small town of Betul Bazar. Major religions are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Christian and Buddhist. Main Castes are Gonds, Korkus, Kurmis, Kunbis, Bhoyars, Meharas, Chamars, Banias and Rajpuths. The languages spoken are Hindi, Gondi, Marathi and Korku.

Community and status:


We started working with the Nahar community of Prabhat Pattan village of Betul district in 2015. Community is dependent for their livelihood on ‘BHILWA’ (Scientific name: Semecarpus Anacardium), a deciduous fruit/nut plant. Various parts of these plants are commonly used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for the treatment of various ailments.


Community women collect raw Bhilwa from trees in nearby forest, waste-land and private farms. They also purchase Bhilwa from contractors/traders.  They break this nut manually to get its seed, called “Godambi” in Hindi, to be used as dry-fruit. They also burn waste of nuts after removing Godambi, to extract oil out of it.

This community is very backward and not educated. Most of the adults have the habit of smoking and drinking. Women work on the Bhilwa for livelihood, the men don’t work usually…….Apart from its medicinal properties Bhilwa is also poisonous without any purification. And the oil from its nuts can give blisters and painful wounds. These wounds leave marks on the body of the people who work with this Bhilwa seeds. Due to these marks, many of the children of the community do not go to school.


Here’s some facts of the community we are working with.

Our Interventions:

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