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Welcome to Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK)

Who We Are

VGKK believes in empowering tribal societies and achieving sustainable development keeping their core culture intact.

What We Do

BR Hills located in south-eastern Karnataka is at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats and is a protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection

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Professionals interested in public health/community health, newly qualified or soon after post-graduation can be provided short-term internships/assistantships/fellowships/stipends for periods of 6 months not exceeding one year to get

Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK)

Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK), a synonym for Integrated Tribal Development is a not-for-profit organization founded by the Right Livelihood Awardee and Padmashree Dr. H. Sudarshan who is inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.

All the wealth of the world cannot help one little village if the people are not taught to help themselves Dr. H. Sudarshan has epitomized the above words of Swami Vivekananda into a tangible testimony called VGKK which has transformed the lives of the Soliga tribes of BR Hills over three decades without disturbing their core culture as well as the ecology around. VGKK believes in empowering the Soligas with unique and target- oriented initiatives in Health Care, Education and sustainable Livelihoods.

News and Event Karuna Trust has been fortunate to have had the help and support of several individuals and organizations that have partnered with us, over the past 25 years, and helped with our mission. The following is a partial list of Karuna Trustís collaborators and financial supporters. Dr. H. Sudarshan founded Karuna Trust (KT) in 1986 to respond to the widespread prevalence of leprosy in the Yelandur Taluk of Karnataka.

KT has been singularly successful in addressing this problem and the prevalence of leprosy in Yelandur dropped from 21.4 per 1000 population in 1987 to 0.28 per 1000 in 2005. From leprosy control, KT expanded its mission to address problems of epilepsy, mental health and tuberculosis. Eventually this led to the government of Karnataka asking KT to take over the day-to-day operations of the PHC at Gumballi which is intended to serve the same people that KT was serving.