About Us

Instituted in 1986, Karuna Trust is a public charitable trust affiliated with Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra an Integrated Tribal Development Project located in B R Hills. The Trust began as a response to the high prevalence of Leprosy in Yelandur Taluk, Chamarajanagar district. Over the years, the Trust has expanded its scope of work to Health, Education, Livelihoods and Advocacy areas. Karuna Trust believes in providing need based, people oriented and culturally acceptable methods using appropriate technology with minimum cost to the community.


Our Vision is for a society in which we strive to provide an equitable and integrated model of health care, education and livelihoods by empowering marginalized people to be self reliant.

Our Mission is to develop a dedicated service minded team that enables holistic development of marginalized people, through innovative, replicable models with a passion for excellence.

Dr H Sudarshan

Founder and Secretary

“Reaching the Unreached”

Karuna Trust reaches out to those who are in the remote and inaccessible areas, hilly and tribal regions, Naxalite and Insurgency areas with poor roads, no phone and electrical connectivity, where both public and private health services have hardly reached the poor.

Our Work

Health Programmes

Livelihood & Sustainable Development

Integrated Development Projects