For over 30 years we have worked with local community groups to help South Asia’s poorest people lead meaningful and dignified lives. We are committed to human development, enabling people to escape poverty, access their legal rights and participate fully in society.

We believe that the degradation of others is also our degradation, and that the triumph over prejudice and ignorance is a triumph for us all. For us, we want every person to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of their caste, gender, belief or ability.

Did you know...

Karuna supports between 40-50 projects run by local partners. We focus on Education, Gender Equality and Livelihoods. These projects benefit more than 50,000 people every year. Karuna works largely in India, where hundreds of millions of people suffer lives of grinding poverty and oppression, excluded from the region’s economic boom.

What makes The Karuna Trust different

Karuna works primarily with the Dalits, India's most marginalised people, once known as "untouchables" under India's caste system. Our work also includes many of South Asia's poorest and most underprivileged communities, regardless of religious, cultural or social categories.

Other ways to support

The donations you raise, no matter how big or small, will help to change the lives of some of the poorest and most marginalised people in South Asia. By fundraising for us you will be supporting local projects that build dignity and self-confidence, projects that help to free people from the injustice of discrimination and appalling caste prejudice.


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