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Unique Approach

Innovating new models to empower victims of war and extreme poverty

Where Others See Destruction, We Rebuild Hope

We incubate survivors of war and violence as the best resource to rebuild broken communities

These survivors are desperate for the right tools to help themselves build healthier, productive lives.

The Need

95% of survivors are at risk of starvation

War, hunger, and lack of water are a serious problem in South Kordofan. While the numbers are staggering, we provide solutions.

Our Impact

Over 2,000,000 people count on us

From the Nuba Mountains to Darfur, the Blue Nile, and South Sudan our services are a vital lifeline. Our projects save vulnerable lives.

Our Programs

Addressing War and Extreme Poverty 

From our education network and digging wells to our nutrition and sanitation services, we work to empower survivors of war and massacre.

About Us

Not Just A Charity, An Empowering Community Transformation

Of the more than a billion people worldwide living in extreme poverty on less than $1.00 a day. In war zones, millions of survivors exist on the margins of society - internally displaced, denied refugee status, shut out of the formal market sector, and left vulnerable to exploitation through child soldier recruitment, rape, and trafficking.


Kara Universal was created in direct response to the needs of the most vulnerable victims of war; mostly women, children, youth, maimed/disabled. We are breaking the cycle of extreme poverty and violence through education and sustainable job creation in the Nuba Mountains, Darfur, Blue Nile, South Sudan, and Refugee Camps and slums in Kenya and Uganda. 


The survivors and their families were previously trapped in extreme poverty, war, and slavery. They become empowered through our programs to earn stable, healthy income through sustainable income-generating activities.

Our Programs


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Tackling Mass Starvation and Malnutrition

We address hunger and malnutrition head-on by helping small farmers in the war-torn South Kordofan increase production and sell more crops as the best way to combat global hunger and poverty



Digging Wells & Installing Hand Pumps

Due to the lack of drinking water women & children are forced to travel great distances in search of water. Many still lack access to safe water often face obstacles like discrimination and long droughts.


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Effective Healthcare Interventions and Immunizations

Poverty and health are strongly linked. Health problems can plunge people into poverty or keep them from escaping it, and those in poverty are more likely to suffer disease because of lack of treatment.

 Innovation and Women Empowerment

We are breaking the cycle of oppression as a basis for a peaceful future, built on a hand up, not a handout.

At Kara Universal, we believe that incubating these survivors through education and sustainable job creation is an empowering long-term solution to extreme poverty, war, genocide and other different forms of injustices.


We work directly with families and communities to build a comprehensive, sustainable and dignified long-term strategy towards a better future. By focusing on livelihoods, we directly impact resourceful mothers and the youth by empowering them to address their own challenges.


Empowering women is especially important for positive community transformation - research shows that women will spend up to 90% of their earnings on water, nutrition, education and health of their families.

Turning these victims of war into breadwinners improves their status in the community, builds self-esteem and enables them to pool resources to improve infrastructure.

Empowered Women Strengthen Communities

Women and youth in Nuba Mountains, Darfur, and the Blue Nile face war, starvation so we tailored our programs towards self-sustenance opportunities rather than reliance on the aid system highly misused by the genocidal regime in Sudan.


Our sustainable water solutions to support safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services. We dig wells and use solar energy to help access to water in the arid areas cutting child deaths by as much as half.


Our clinics provide immunizations and psychological support to children suffering deep and lasting grief and trauma. We provide menstruations kits to girls, reproductive health, maternal and neonatal care services.

Many survivors of war are maimed and we address their needs through special programs.

We advocate for government accountability, increasing demands for transparency and participation in government decision-making. ​

Trapped in the War Zone

Dr. Tom Catena, the only doctor in the war-torn Nuba Mountains
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Dr. Tom Catena, the only doctor in the war-torn Nuba Mountains

Videos featuring life in the Nuba mountains damaged by a bomb dropped on unarmed civilians.

Education and Healthcare Services

Many people, for many reasons, feel rootless - but orphans and abandoned or abused children have a particular cause. Around 97% of children In Nuba Mountains, Darfur, and the Blue Nile have no access to education nor health care services, Yet improving the education and health of children is one responsibility among many in the fight against extreme poverty.

Poverty contributes to malnutrition, which in turn is a contributing factor in over half of the under-five deaths in developing countries.  Some 300 million children go to bed hungry every day. Of these only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering from long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.​​


The best start in life is critical in a child’s first few years, not only to survival but to her or his physical, intellectual and emotional development. So these deprivations greatly hamper children’s ability to achieve their full potential, contributing to a society’s cycle of endless poverty and hunger.

Linking Results to Interventions

We complement our on-the-field activities with policy advocacy at every level of community governance.


We work with community leaders on developing large-scale planning frameworks and poverty reduction strategies approach to programming. This help countries and donors identify needs and form a results-based plan for change.


Such policies and programmes help members carry out assessment research to define and measure abject poverty and then map a system in place to monitor results.


Some communities have made progress in meeting some of our Goals. Many are on track to meet the income target at least, but in a classic example of national disparities, some people are yet to be reached.

Victims by numbers:

5.5 million lack humanitarian assistance.

2.5 million lack access to water.

4.6 million are in of need of food.

Support Our Lifesaving Programs

Kara Universal is a grassroots organization founded and inspired by survivors of war and genocide. Our impact is our power and your support provides opportunities for vulnerable women and young people in war zones and other vulnerable victims of injustice.


Mission: To direct resources towards empowering the most vulnerable members of our global society.


Vision: To eradicate extreme poverty and violence by empowering victims of war and genocide.

Get Involved

Your support provides opportunities for vulnerable women and young people in war zones and other vulnerable victims of injustice.


Join our community by making a one-time donation or, give monthly, or quarterly, or yearly and transform lives of survivors of war and genocide today.

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