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Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission
Mukti Mission has been empowering Indian women and children in India since 1889. The Mission was founded by Pandita Ramabai, a woman described by renowned Indian social reformed D.K. Karve as “one of the greatest daughters of India”.
Ramabai was a pioneer in woman’s education and social equality, and an outstanding linguist, author and Bible translator. She dedicated her life in service to disadvantaged and marginalised children and women. Click here for more about the life of Pandita Ramabai.
Ramabai founded Mukti Mission in Mumbai in 1889 with the opening of the Sharada Sadan, a school of learning for child widows. She then went on to establish a residential community in Pune which sought to provide a home and loving community to all women in need:
“Soon the place was filled to overflowing with starving child-widows, orphans, victims of famines in Central India, and other needy women. At times, the Mukti Mission provided for as many as 2000. In addition to housing so many women, it had a kindergarten for young children, schools, a hospital, a refuge for ‘fallen women’, 64 cloth-weaving looms, five printing presses, tailoring and handicrafts, a flourmill, an oil press, a laundry, a farm, orchards, and wells”.
“The intension was that women should be accepted, nurtured, loved, trained, and equipped to take their place in Indian society as parents, teachers, nurses or Bible women. It was a place of empowerment and transformation – a model Christian community following the teaching of Jesus and the life of the early Christians”.
From “Jesus Was Her Guru” by Keith J. White.
Today, Mukti Mission lives on as one of Ramabai’s lasting legacies.
The Mission continues to serve disadvantaged women and children from the Pune campus, as well as 18 other locations across 8 states of India.
The residential community still provides safe shelter and a loving community to over 500 destitute and abandoned women and children who live in family groups homes named after flowers. Today, the Mission campus in Pune also has a hospital, nursing home, dental clinic, two primary schools, a high school, a junior college, a Special Needs School, a Creative Arts School, a nursery for abandoned / unwanted babies, a farm, a dairy and a church. Mukti’s other projects across India include children’s homes and hostels, pre-schools and schools, adult literacy centres and vocational skills training centres.
It is estimated the Mission has helped over 100,000 women and children since Ramabai first opened the doors in 1889.
Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission, India and Wings of Hope, Lanka