A Kendra needs to be set up wherever there are 10 schools with active Karuna Clubs. Each Kendra is responsible for guiding and facilitating that specific set of Karuna Clubs.
As soon as a Kendra is formed, it must be affiliated with KI by filling up the enclosed form and paying a registration fee. The annual registration fee is Rs.200/- for a Kendra.
Any number of persons can become a member of the Kendra.
The members will conduct an election of 7-11 Office Bearers of the Kendra. The Elected Officer Bearers will comprise the Executive Committee of the Kendra. Their details must be sent to the KI head office. The office bearers will be elected every two years.
The Executive Committee will prepare rules and regulations to run the Kendra in accordance with the constitution and objectives of Karuna International. These regulations must be approved by Karuna International.
Every Kendra must print the Logo of Karuna International on their letter pads, stationery and all literature published by them. Affiliation to Karuna International, Chennai, must be indicated.
The Kendra will be self-supporting and financially independent. A bank account in the name of Karuna International…………… Kendra has to be opened and this will be operated by two signatories ( any 2 executive committee members )
The Kendra is advised to maintain a documented record of all transactions. Receipts must be issued for all donations made in cheques. There should be no dealings in cash for any amount more than Rs. 200.
Every Kendra, will collect a fee as per the amount fixed for different types of memberships in their Executive Committee, from its members. The model fee suggested by us is given below for your information and guidance only.
• Annual Membership Fee: Rs.500/-
• Life Membership Fee: Rs.5000/-
• Donor Membership Fee: Rs.11,000/-
The Kendra can enroll Patron Members, on behalf of Karuna International on the payment of Rs.25,000/- by each such member. Rs.2,500/- will be retained by the Kendra towards life membership of that member and the balance of Rs.22,500/- should be remitted to Karuna International. Such a member becomes a Patron Member of Karuna International, he is deemed to be a Life Member of the Kendra too.
The Kendra can also enroll Life Members on behalf of Karuna International on the payment of Rupees 11,000/- by each member. 10 % of the amount will be retained by the Kendra towards Life Membership of that member and the balance should be remitted to Karuna International. Such a member will be entitled to become a Life Member of Karuna International and a Life member of the Kendra too.
Every Kendra will nominate two members to the General Body of Karuna International.
The Executive Committee of every Kendra will convene every month to discuss their past, present and future activities.
Every Kendra will organize an Annual General Body meeting of their members where annual accounts for the previous year will be discussed and the budget for the coming year will be approved.
The Karuna Clubs started in individual schools have a common goal of instilling values of care and compassion in children. Though the clubs function independently, Karuna International also has a vision for these clubs and has created a hub and spoke model to ensure a standardised approach to seeing this vision fructify. The clubs in the different schools are the spokes connected by Karuna Kendra, a facilitating body.
Karuna Kendra links schools in a neighbourhood and organizes and encourages Inter-School Competitions. It offers suitable awards and prizes to outstanding students and schools.
It also organizes and encourages schools to conduct Workshops, Training Programmes on Humane Education, Seminars and Meetings of teachers and activists. It assists in arranging Speakers and Chief Guests for school functions. It also conducts fellowship programmes along with the training programmes as also Annual Convention of all the local Karuna Clubs and present awards and prizes to schools.
It conducts periodic reviews of the Karuna Clubs linked to itand ensures their participate in the Karuna Club programmes. It also raises and collect funds for running the activities of the Kendra and for the distribution of prizes, shields etc.
Printing literature in various languages and distributing them to schools in particular is another responsibility shouldered by the Kendras which have to submit quarterly reports of the Kendra and the Karuna Club activities to the head office of Karuna International.