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About Karuna

Karuna Foundation was founded in 2007 by the Dutch entrepreneur René aan de Stegge, with the goal to improve the lives of children with a disability in developing countries and to prevent children from having disabilities. Karuna inspires communities to take care of children with disabilities themselves, and to strenghten healthcare for young mothers and children. This way, more children are born in good health and grow up healthy. With this mission, two models were developed: Share&Care and Inspire2Care. These models assume the power of people and ownership of the community. After a successful pioneer phase in our first project country Nepal between 2007 and 2014, Inspire2Care is now being scaled up to one full district in that country, Ilam, with a scope of 120.000 young women and children and 1000 children with disabilities.

Karuna Nepal, established by Karuna in 2007, has been an independent local organisations since 2016.

Impact study in 6 pilot villages

Impact, pilot

The six pilot villages in Sunsari work independent from Karuna since 2016. An external research team from Kathmandu executed an extensive impact study these villages.


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