April 2020– March 2021

COVID-19 relief work

COVID-19 relief work took up most of the year, where Karunakarya supplied groceries and essentials to the migrant workers and to those who were in dire need of support. Educational activities and awareness programs were conducted for the children of the Ark School and from our other projects.

Women’s safety

A study on women’s safety and development status in the rural parts of India.

January 2020
March 2019 & January 2020

Career Exhibitions

Career Exhibitions for the teens and youth who attend our regular programs and the students from the government schools.

Life-skill & career preparation

From 2018 – 2019, Karunakarya collaborated with 4 government schools for life-skill & career preparation sessions. This expanded to 9 government schools for the academic year 2019 – 2020.

June 2018 – March 2020
February 2018 – 2019

ELCs set up

Additional Evening Learning Centres (ELCs) were set up in villages and slum relocation projects around Eraiyur. Namely, in Gunduperumbedu, Arambakkam, and Navalur.

Shifting focus

Shifting focus from vocational training at the KCC to aptitude building with career preparation and life-skills courses for the teens and youth.

April 2017 – September 2017
February 2017

Karunakarya 15th Anniversary Carnival

Youth clubs

Starting Youth clubs for sports and community awareness in Eraiyur & surrounding villages, shifting focus from the city to rural areas

June 2016
December 2015

Chennai Flood Relief

Result-Based Management (RBM)

Development of Result-Based Management (RBM) concepts and the Holistic Development Approach for our projects. The staff were trained to adapt these concepts into their teaching methods for the children in all projects.

2013 – 2014
July 2013 – September 2013

Solar energy

Installation of solar panel energy system on the Eraiyur campus.

Expansion of The Ark School building

2012 – 2013
November 2011

Karunakarya 10th Anniversary Carnival

Karunakarya Community College shifts

Karunakarya Community College shifts to a newly constructed building in Eraiyur, shifting focus from the city environment to rural areas.

August 2011
June 2009

The Ark Nursery & Primary School

The Ark Nursery & Primary School was set up and opened for admissions in the village of Eraiyur.

Karunakarya Creations

Start of Karunakarya Creations, a handicrafts and textile production unit that started out as tailoring classes in Eraiyur in October 2007. The project gave career opportunities to women from difficult family situation and helped them earn a living. The project was completed in 2020.

June 2008
September 2006 – September 2007

Expansion of Evening Tuition Centres

Expansion of Evening Tuition Centres to Theresa Nagar, Santhosh Nagar, and Eraiyur. In Santhosh Nagar we conducted football coaching for kids and teens. The project was handed over to an external party in 2009.

Karunakarya 5th Anniversary Carnival

November 2006
September 2005

Youth groups started in the slums of Chennai.

Registration of the Karunakarya Community College

Registration of the Karunakarya Community College (KCC), a vocational training institute accredited by the Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU)

June 2005
January 4th, 2005

Tsunami Relief and setting up NFEs and Tuition Centres

Tsunami Relief and setting up NFEs and Tuition Centres in Tamil Nadu’s worst affected villages of Kallar and Velipalayam. The project was completed on September 30th, 2006.

Expansion of NFE

Expansion of NFE including Women Literacy Classes and Evening Tuition Centres to Periyar Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur Fishermen’s Village, and Taramani.

June 2002 – July 2004
November 19th, 2001

Registration of Karunakarya as a Trust.

First Non-Formal Education (NFE) Center in Periyar Nagar, Chennai.

January 1st, 2001