Our Journey

1993
Karunashraya begins – as an idea.
Four gentlemen had discussed on establishing a hospice for advanced stage cancer patients in Bangalore.

October 1994
Bangalore Hospice Trust- Karunashraya was incepted by the Indian Cancer Society (Karnataka Chapter) and the Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar.

March 1995
Home Care services commence.
Land is formally leased to Bangalore Hospice Trust by the Government of Karnataka.

11 June 1996
His Excellency Governor of Karnataka & patron of Karunashraya, Khurshid Alam Khan had laid the Foundation Stone for Karunashraya.

1997-1998
Construction of the Hospice.

11 April 1999
Karunashraya was inaugurated by Justice MP Saldanha and the representatives of multi – religions.

April 1999
Karunashraya began twinning arrangement with Severn (formerly Shropshire & Mid Wales) Hospice in Shrewsbury, UK, which was instrumental in training two nurses before our undertaking in-patient care. The robust partnership with Severn continues. Every year, a team from Severn visit Karunashraya to spend time with the staffs and exchange best practices. Return visits by Karunashraya also takes place.

1999
Had installed rain water harvesting system and immediately started re-charging the bore wells.
Parallelly, had installed and activated a STP plant for using the recycled water in the garden.

1 May 1999
1st patient was admitted to the in-patient facility.
1st month of operation: 12 in-patient admissions.

21 & 22 May 1999
Continuing educational programmes was planned under the aegis of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Indiranagar and BHT Centre for Palliative Care; they had organized their first educational programme on ‘Basics of Palliative Care’. It was attended by 25 nurses from around the hospitals and nursing schools in Bangalore.

June 1999
Nearly 500 patients were cared for, through Home Care.

2000
Had installed the solar water heaters.

January 2002
Health Assistants Programme was launched with 12 students.

2004
Karnataka Rajyothsava Award was bestowed on Karunashraya for Humanitarian Services.

1997-1998
Construction of the Hospice.

May 2007
MoU with Cardiff University, UK to serve as a Resource & Learning Centre. 8 students had enrolled in the first batch.

2009
Had installed solar lighting.

2011
Karunashraya won Namma Bengaluru Award 2011 as ’Best NGO’ in the Social Organization category.

August 2012
Renewal of MoU with Cardiff University.

September 2012
Rahul Dravid became ‘First Friend of Karunashraya’. Donated personally signed memorabilia and a replica signed memorabilia for an auction in aid of Karunashraya, coinciding with World Hospice Day, October 13, 2012. He remains Karunashraya’s strongest advocate giving his generous time and talent.

May 2013
Viswanathan Anand became a ‘Friend of Karunashraya’; pledged time for an employee interaction with the highest-bidding corporate – this endeavor was initiated in the period of the TCS World 10K Run.

June 2013
Karunashraya touched the lives of more than 12,800 patients and their families. 18 batches of Health Assistants covering 300 adult women had been trained and certified under the six-month residential Health Assistants Programme. Plans afoot to expand current 50-bed hospice with two more wards, within a year, given the increasing demand.

September 2015
Singed an MoU with NIMHANS on Research and Education.

June 2016
Inaugurated the New In-patient block.