December 5 2019
Twenty years ago, Matthieu Ricard set out to build a better world for the people of the Himalayan region through the founding of Karuna-Shechen. Working in remote and underserved villages, made poss...
Dema is one of the many villages that Karuna-Shechen helps in India. Our work in this village is an accurate example of how your donations can transform entire communities and lift thousands of women, men, and children out of poverty.
Located in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, Dema village is made up of 16 communities with a total population of about 11,000. Our team chose this village because it is isolated and poor and the villagers did not have even the barest of necessities.
As is our policy when we start work on any project, our team held meetings with the villagers to identify their most urgent needs. Our mobile medical clinic began weekly visits to the village and soon other projects followed.
One of the villagers, Sanageeta Devi, a 28-year old mother, tells us how Karuna-Shechen’s intervention in Dema completely changed her life:
“My family and I are benefiting from the medical services offered by the mobile clinic. We also have a kitchen garden and a rainwater harvesting system, both provided by Karuna-Shechen. We get free seeds of seasonal vegetables and fruits and are taught how to grow and maintain a kitchen garden. The rainwater harvesting system in our house provides water for the kitchen garden and washing purposes. It is a miracle.
“For the last year, I have been attending literacy classes. I can now sign my name and write my address. Now I can read a newspaper! I am aware of what is happening elsewhere and I enjoy talking about news with other villagers. I’ve also learned to count, do basic mathematics and sentence construction. But, best of all, I’m now finally able to help my daughter with her homework.”
Our activities in Dema over the last two years include:
We will keep you informed about the progress of this village and its people through our newsletters and website.
November 15 2019
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