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With good leadership, people take responsibility themselves and mobilise local available funds with and for children with a disability.

2016 in a nutshell

Karuna Foundation exists for ten years, in which we have learned a lot. '2016 in a nutshell' presents you personal stories and readings about our approach and ambitions.


learning, cooperation, scaling up

The community models are successful and cost effective. A lot has been done and learned but there is still much to do


community model, scaling-up, cost effective

Inspire2Care is one of the two community models which Karuna developed and piloted and is being scaled up to one district in Nepal. Read more

Award for Innovative practice

Award, Inspire2Care, livelihood

The Inspire2Care programme was chosen as one of the ‘Best Global Practices in Entrepreneurship’ during the Zero Project Conference in Vienna.

About the

  • 80% of all people with disabilities live in a developing country
  • 80% of all people with disabilities has no job nor income
  • The large majority of children with disabilities do not receive care and education
  • 70% of all congenital disabilities are preventable

Prevention of disabilities is achieved by raising awareness and providing adequate care to pregnant women, infants and young children. The quality of life of children with disabilities can improve significantly by access to education, acceptance, participation in the society and the right care.

The power of people

Often, not only the disability in itself, but the discrimination, exclusion and poverty that come with it are equally problematic. Karuna therefore focuses on the integral development of the whole community. For that, we developed two innovative models: Inspire2Care and Share&Care. These models emphasize and strengthen the power of people in line with the specific needs, possibilities and capacities of poor rural communities. We inspire local leaders to take responsibility and mobilize local funds needed. Due to training, capacity building and empowerment, communities can continue with prevention and rehabilitation themselves after four years, independent of external help and finances. That is what makes Karuna’s approach sustainable and replicable.