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Karuna Strategic Plan 2009-2013

2009.04.11. Categorized: Uncategorized   

The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it can not be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of man, and the mind of the world.
(Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Dalit Leader & First Indian Law Minister)


Get the Flash Player to see this player. Our vision is of a world without prejudice, in which every human being has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or beliefs.


To support and empower the most disadvantaged children, women and men in South Asia to meet their needs, access their legal rights and participate fully in society.


We are a Buddhist organisation committed to human development and to challenging the ignorance and prejudice that trap people in povert.

Through our work we aim to hold and express the following values:

  • The fundamental Buddhist principles of compassion and wisdom.
  • All human beings have the potential for growth and development.
  • Individual transformation is crucial for effective social change.
  • Tolerance, honesty, loyalty, transparency and clear communication.
  • Professional competency and a commitment to education and learning.

Strategic Aims 2009-2013

As Karuna enters its 30th year, we celebrate our success in supporting the movement of Dalit uplift, especially in Ambedkarite western India, and in preserving precious Buddhist cultures in the Himalayas. In 2008 alone Karuna helped around 375,000 women, men and children to transform their lives. Such is the scale and severity of exclusion and poverty in South Asia - over 250 million people are labelled Dalit or Tribal - that we need to radically increase our impact. To this end we need to expand the scope of our work to build a larger alliance of project partners and supporters. Our distinctive Buddhist emphasis, supporting individual transformation to energise effective social change, can then achieve a peaceful revolution.

Our priorities for the next five years will be:

1. To continue and expand the scope of Karuna’s work:

  • Create a Dalit and Tribal program that builds on our shared expertise in addressing their communities’ social exclusion and includes even more deprived areas of India, such as U.P., Bihar and Orissa.
  • Continue and develop work to preserve precious indigenous cultures that value individual and social change in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Tibet.
  • Encourage emerging alliances of our project partners that can collectively change their society more radically and rapidly than any working alone.
  • Empower women to act as change makers and leaders in their community.

2. To enhance the effectiveness of Karuna’s project work:

  • Encourage and promote the mind-change in attitudes, behaviour and confidence that enables our partners to bring about real social change.
  • Promote capacity building for all our partners based on our distinctive approach of bringing together mind-change and social transformation.
  • Ensure all Karuna funded projects and partner organisations explicitly address social exclusion on the basis of caste, ethnicity and gender.
  • Remain loyal to longstanding partners such as TBMSG/Bahujan Hitay by assisting them to evaluate their projects and take their successes further.
  • Help our project partners develop their fundraising capabilities so they feel empowered to achieve social change by being more independent.
  • Strongly support projects led by members of the beneficiary community who can best model personal and social change within that community.

3. To finance this increased impact we will build stronger relationships with Karuna’s supporters:

  • Only have Project Based Funding by 2010, creating full transparency from our supporters through Karuna to project partners and beneficiaries.
  • Monitor and evaluate projects to provide robust evidence for the social impact of Karuna’s work and the value of our distinctive approach.
  • Circulate this evidence to donors, the development sector and DFID.
  • Find suitable new project partners and develop our existing ones to significantly increase access to institutional funding.
  • Develop a more regular, personal, fundraising and care programme for existing supporters.
  • Get the Flash Player to see this player. Invite the FWBO and wider Buddhist world to join in a unique form of socially engaged Buddhism to radically change people’s lives in South Asia.

4. To support growth we will improve our professional skills, teamwork and internal systems:

  • Build a leadership structure that supports clear accountability and responsibility.
  • Train in sector best practice for all the skills we need to be effective.
  • Reorganise and automate our office, finance and IT systems by 2011.
  • Implement a performance management system for all the team by 2010.

5. To develop the Karuna team as a context for ever-deepening Buddhist practice:

  • Enhance and update Karuna’s distinct ethos of Team Based Right Livelihood as our team grows in size.
  • Support community living for team members and develop policies to let those with diff ent lifestyles work as full team members.
  • Help all team members to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhist teachings thus supporting those training for Ordination too.
  • Create a written human resources policy on pay, terms and recruitment by 2011 that complies with UK law and protects Karuna’s distinct culture.

Source: FWBO and TBMSG News

1 Comment:

1 | Takshak

April 21st, 2009, 7:48 am

Please change the tag  “Dalit Leaders” from Babasaheb’s name. He is not a Dalit Leaders. And he has never ever tagged downtrodden people as Dalits…..Correct your mindset at the earliest….

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Our Inspiration 1st Part

Our Inspiration (1st Part)
Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

Our Inspiration 2nd Part

Our Inspiration (2nd Part)
With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

Our Inspiration 3rd Part

Our Inspiration (3rd Part)
Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

Our Inspiration 4th Part

Our Inspiration (4th Part)
Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

Our Inspiration 5th Part

Our Inspiration (5th Part)
In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

Our Inspiration 6th Part

Our Inspiration (6th Part)
He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

Our Inspiration 7th Part

Our Inspiration (7th Part)
Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

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  • Ashwin Jangam: Struggle for liberation of Mulnivasis When freedom struggle of our country was going on, we were dual slaves. The Arya Brahmin
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