About Karuna

About Karuna

Karuna Foundation is a not for profit entity incorporated in NSW, Australia.

Karuna Foundation complies with the ACFID Code of conduct .
The Foundation has also adopted AFAP's Child Protection Policy

The Foundation was commenced by Cathy and Phil Kiely in April 2005 to provide strategic advice and organize resources for the designated development projects which it supports. Cathy and Phil are the current members of its board.
Through partnering locally based organizations in the developing countries, Karuna is able to set clear outcomes to advance the sustainability of the communities to support their own children. Karuna works with its partners to agree community development plans for the children and budgets are agreed against measurable criteria with the objective of keeping overheads at minimum levels.

Karuna strives to work with its country based partners to train the local communities in achieving sustainability as soon as practicable.

One such organization is the Cambodian Education Development Fund (CEDF) based in Siem Reap in Cambodia. CEDF was founded by a local Khmer, Sian Sokphen and is focused on helping the desperately poor children and orphans in the province of Varin which has been ravaged by years of war and neglect. CEDF & Karuna jointly direct the Karuna Children’s Centres in Varin and Siem Reap. Sokphen engages with the local village leaders, commune chiefs and monks to achieve local participation. Through such engagement the children are assured local ownership and responsibility for the provision of their welfare.

Karuna’s Aims

• Provide children (aged 4 -21) with the greatest of need with access to improved living conditions through food, shelter, health and education programs
• Raise children’s awareness of the role of the local pagodas
• Create opportunities for the children to develop literacy and numeracy skills including English
• Encourage participation in informal and formal education programs
• Ensure children develop an appreciation of their own culture
• Develop in children an awareness of the importance of health, hygiene and nutrition
• Create an appreciation in children of the importance of protecting natural resources
• Develop in children self esteem and respect for others
• Involve local community participation with plans to achieve sustainability