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.
A study on women’s safety and development status in the rural parts of India.
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.
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 from vocational training at the KCC to aptitude building with career preparation and life-skills courses for the teens and youth.
Karunakarya 15th Anniversary Carnival
Starting Youth clubs for sports and community awareness in Eraiyur & surrounding villages, shifting focus from the city to rural areas
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.
Installation of solar panel energy system on the Eraiyur campus.
Expansion of The Ark School building
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.
The Ark Nursery & Primary School
The Ark Nursery & Primary School was set up and opened for admissions in the village of Eraiyur.
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.
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
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)
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.