From Karuna Trust
Karuna Trust , instituted in 1986 , is a public charitable trust , affiliated to the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, located in BR Hills. The Trust began as a response to the prevalence of leprosy (21.4 per 1000 population) in yelandur Taluk , Chamarajnagar district.prevalence of leprosy dropped from 21.4/1000 population in 1987 to 0.28/1000 in 2005. From Leprosy control , Karuna Trust diversified into epilepsy , mental health , tuberculosis and eventually , management of the PHC at gumballi .Over the years , the scope of the trust's work has grown to include various other health aspects as well to integrated rural development.
Our Vision is for a society in which we strive to provide an equitable and integrated model of health care, Education and Livelihoods by empowering marginalized people to become self-reliant.
Our mission is to develop a dedicated service minded team that enables holistic development of marginalized people ,through innovative replicable models, with a passion for excellence.
The main focus areas are health , education and livelihoods , with public-private partnership initiatives , in addition to implementing replicable and innovative models in these areas. Karuna Trust believes in community-based , people-oriented, need-based , culturally acceptable methods using appropriate technology with minimum cost to the community.