Triumph over prejudice and ignorance is a triumph for us all.

Dame Judi Dench / KARUNA PATRON

Karuna, a charity inspired by Buddhist values, has been working with Dalit and Tribal communities in India and Nepal for 40 years.

Despite huge economic growth in South Asia, these communities continue to face constant barriers of exploitation and exclusion.

The caste system is an ancient form of discrimination that denies people their basic rights and keeps millions trapped in conditions of modern-day slavery solely on the basis of birth. Those most affected are known as Dalits, literally meaning “broken people”.