Karuna – “Compassion” in Nepali and Where I Spend Most of My Time

Having worked with an anti-trafficking organization called Global Family in the recently earthquake-hit city of Kathmandu, much of my time is spent at a relief center run by Karuna (“compassion” in Nepali), one of Global Family’s local partner organizations.

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“Karuna exists to alleviate the needs and advocate on the behalf of women and children living on the streets and who are often dealing with drug abuse and/or HIV, to rescue and release them from the streets, and to enable them to become responsible and ideal citizens.”

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Many of the women and children that I meet at Karuna’s relief center fit the description included in Karuna’s mission statement above – many have been exploited and abused, are living on the streets, battling drug abuse and disease, and are often impaired by injury (such as dog bites) and malnourishment.

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Some of Karuna’s staff and two of my friends – Benod and Rochak

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One of Karuna’s tailoring rooms

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