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A small effort to bring curative health to the Soligas has over the years has led to a large range of activities in health, education, livelihood and biodiversity conservation on a national scale. VGKK, founded in 1981, has been a response to the needs of the people and today proudly reflects the might of a dexterous team and endearing volunteers.

Tribal people constitute 8.2% of the population of India. Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) is committed to the holistic, sustainable development of tribal people, keeping in mind their socio-cultural background and their rights.

VGKK now has nearly three decades of developmental experiences with the soligas and other tribes in Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts of Karnataka and subsequent experiences with tribals in Tamil Nadu , Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar islands under the able and inspiring leadership of Dr. H. Sudarshan. This experience has resulted in an integrated approach to tribal development with Health, Education, Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation as the means to sustainable development and empowerment.

VGKK believes in empowering tribal societies and achieving sustainable development keeping their core culture intact. The association of the Soliga tribe with the Doddasampige tree (Michelia champaka) is eternalized in their myth and they continue to revere it till date.

The Doddasampige Tree, the cultural identity of the Soligas

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.