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The Traditional Yoga Association® MUKTI Project
MUKTI    RAFFLE    2024


PROJECTS MUKTI NOW FUNDS



Currently MUKTI is raising funds for

Karm Marg, a home for street children near Delhi, that is led by the children themselves and provides holistically for their education and care.
NAZ home in Delhi for abandoned children who are HIV poisitive or have AIDS.
Gandhighar - a centre of excellence for learning for children with disabilities in Kachholi, Gujarat.
Launchpad, Reading - helping homeless people in Reading

Karm Marg :

Karm Marg was founded in 1997 by Veena Lal, a social worker who was helping street children in the area around the Delhi railway station. One of her concerns became the lack of adequate orphanages at the time and the high runaway rate from those few orphanages. Children might enter institutions when they were battered enough and hungry enough, but the runaway rate was extremely high.

This led Veena to start Karm Marg – which means 'The Way of Action' – in a small room near the station where street children could come for care and attention. She quickly realised that children who have lived on the street very quickly develop a sense of independence and street-smart intelligence that did not fit well with a conventional orphanage. An Indian family trust familiar with her work with the street children gave the capital to buy land, and Karm Marg – the home for street children, organised and run by the children themselves – was born.

The home on the land was provided for by a Dutch funding agency. Veena still facilitates, guides and cares for the children, but they set the rules and provide for their own and each other's well-being. The dream of the children who founded that first home was to start a village for street children, a place where any child who wished to come off the streets and contribute to a community would be welcome.

Now, seventeen years later, Karm Marg is thriving and many children have grown up there: some of them are now employed, have got married and our first young person has even entered university.

Karm Marg and Jugaad :

Karm Marg is a registered NGO (non-governmental organisation). It receives grants from organisations like Mukti, and the children also wanted to earn their own funds to provide for their needs. The area of their home is situated in was perfect for an innovative endeavour and together, Veena and some of the older children, created Jugaad ~ which means ‘something from nothing’. At first it produced small, handcrafted items that they would sell at craft markets and to well-wishers. The materials for the crafts came from off-cuts and discards of factories in the area. This way it also offered employment to the women of the village they were situated in (none of the school-going children actually work in Jugaad). The Jugaad workers are largely women on subsistence incomes who work from home.

The Jugaad label has grown (for example, they now supply 10,000 paper bags per year for a company in Germany) and they have been able to expand their range into a variety of cloth bags, Yoga bags, purses and wallets. The children are still involved in running the business: designing the goods and quality control, and the older children also in production and selling. In this way older children who have completed their education, earn their independence and learn the details of running a business. This latter point is essential as even in modern India, employers are not going to put ex- street children on the top of their employment list!

Mukti’s patron Trudie and Sting co-hosted 'the Bag Issue' launch ~ an event in London hosted by the Big Issue ~ to begin the process of supplying Jugaad bags to buyers in England.


Naz Care Home :

Social worker Anjali Gopalan returned to Delhi after working in the States for some time. She immediately got involved with both social care and activism for the growing HIV/AIDS community in India. Naz – which means 'Pride' – was formed and became a large and vocal organisation on behalf of the community. Anjali did warn that care would have to become part of their work at some point and the Naz Care Home was founded when the first child, discovered to be HIV Positive, was left on their doorstep.

The Naz Care Home provides 24-hour medical care, housing, caring and education for abandoned children who are HIV Positive or have AIDS. Due to their excellent programme that encompasses nutrition and conventional medicine, the children thrive and grow.

Initially, MUKTI was one of NAZ’s major funder. Now, however, NAZ receives grants that covers most of its financial needs and we have been able to reduce our grant to a couple of thousand a year to cover ‘extras’ like days out for holidays for the kids.

None of the money MUKTI raises for projects in India goes to salaries in the UK. Everyone who works for MUKTI does so as a volunteer.

 

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