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KARUNA – THE MISSION

✦ Founder of Karuna Clubs ✦ Now in 2600 schools 

✦ President 1995 – 2011 ✦ Chairman 2011 – Present

From a young age, Dulichand Jain believed that inculcating humane values in life has to begin from childhood. Inspired by the lives of Greats such as Lord Mahavira, Gautama Buddha & Swami Vivekananda, he embarked on his life’s mission: spreading the message of Karuna (compassion) in young minds.

✦ The Beginning

D. C. Jain founded Karuna International with a dedicated team of like-minded people in 1995. He served as President for 16 years from 1995 to 2011 and as Chairman from 2011 till date. His dedication, hard work and able leadership drew people like a magnet. Guided by his vision, the next step was starting Karuna Clubs in schools. This was a very successful and pragmatic idea. The team could now reach out to large number of students, empower teachers and impart humane education in an extremely effective manner. The goal was set.

✦ Karuna International

Karuna International is a registered nonprofit service organization working to inculcate and develop Humane Values in young students through Karuna Clubs in schools and colleges since 1995. Karuna International is recognized by the AWBI and is also accredited to impart humane education programmes.

The Mission

The sole objective of Karuna International is to impart Humane Education; to awaken in children and  young adults the inherent love, kindness and compassion towards all living beings, plants, animals and fellow human beings; as well as to  appreciate and help in their own way to conserve our environment, as enshrined in Article 51 A (g) of our Constitution: “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life and to have compassion for living creatures.”

✦ Karuna Activities

The activities of Karuna Clubs are student-friendly such as drawing, painting, essays, discussions, visits to places such as old-age homes and animal shelters, animal feeding so that students get personal experience of the various facets of humane education.

These activities are designed such that children will grow up to be sensitive, compassionate adults who will abhor violence, practice kindness and create a truly civilized and eco-friendly society in the future.

✦ The Growth of Karuna Clubs

As of 2017, Karuna Club programmes are conducted in 2600 schools and colleges in 12 states of India. Hundreds and thousands of students are learning the values of compassion, non-violence and vegetarianism. To spread this campaign all over the country, 41 Kendras have been established. The organization conducts Teachers and Students Training workshops regularly. D. C. Jain is actively involved every step of the way and is the chief organizer of the National Conferences.

✦ Karuna Literature

D. C. Jain has evolved the literature created by this organization: 12 publications in English and 12 in Hindi. He has served as the editor of their monthly newsletter since 2002.

✦ A Glimpse of 22 Years

A report of twenty-years of work done at Karuna International highlighting the following achievements:

» 400 Teacher Training Programmes and 600 Student Training Programmes on Humane Education; 16 lakh students and 55,000 teachers have benefitted.
» Conducted and organized thousands of Inter School Competitions based on Humane Values of compassion, non violence, animal welfare, prevention of cruelty to animals, protection of the environment.
» 1,70,000 Students gave up taking Non-Vegetarian food in 22 years.
» 19 All India Conferences and 8 Regional Conferences have been held wherein 500 teachers have participated in each programme whole heartedly.
» Published 12 books in English, 12 in Hindi, 4 in Tamil, 3 in Telugu, which are distributed free of cost to schools.
» Published and distributed 3200 copies of the monthly newsletter which gives information on the humane education programmes in schools through Karuna Clubs.
» 5,02,000 students of 102 schools have stopped the use of leather products, and any other objects  got out of cruelty to animals.
» National level competition on Stories of Compassion is conducted for around 15, 000 students who are awarded prizes worth Rs. 5,00,000/- per year.
» Incurs an annual expenditure  of Rs. 40,00,000/- for all our humane education activities.

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