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Mukti Australia is able to work alongside our Indian partner Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission to carry out sustainable development projects.
Our projects focus on increasing our partners capacity to support and empower disadvantaged and vulnerable children and women, both now and well into the future. It is such a privilege to be part of this empowering and transformational work.
All donations $2 and over receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Manorama Memorial Marathi High School – extra classrooms
Extra High School classrooms were recently added in the undercroft of the Junior College to accommodate more students. However, more classrooms are very much still needed. The main High School building currently has classrooms on two floors, but this is proving to be insufficient for the increased number of students wanting to enrol. This is due to the introduction of a co-ed system that allows students from the surrounding community to enrol and receive a good education as well. Mukti Mission has also reduced their school fees to open up more opportunities for disadvantaged children from low-income families to attend and receive a good education.
An extra floor on the main building, with two new classrooms, will allow more students to attend and prevent students being turned away due to lack of classroom space.
An abundance of sunshine for most of the year means that solar panels are a cost-effective way for Mukti to power much of the campus through renewable energy. Additional panels are needed to provide power for more of Mukti including the homes for residential girls and elderly ladies.
Rainwater Harvesting Phase 2
Water is a very precious commodity at Mukti. Currently, only one of Mukti’s 12 wells is capable of providing water suitable for drinking and everyday use. Many new buildings have sprung up in the vicinity of the Mukti campus and, as they sink bores, this further depletes the water supply. Phase 1 of the project, utilising the roof of the hospital will commence soon, and we hope to harvest rainwater from other suitable Mukti buildings as well. This project will provide a much needed additional water source by collecting rainwater from the roofs of a number of Mukti buildings and will include the fitting of gutters, downpipes, storage tanks, pumps, and additional plumbing.
This ongoing project is all about maximising the yield from Mukti’s 160 acres of farmland. It includes utilising sustainable, organic agriculture methods and maintaining farm machinery and equipment. It includes plans to build a large dam and contouring of the land to maximise collection of rainwater that falls on the property, especially during monsoon season. Many of the grain crops, fruit and vegetables are vital for supplying Mukti’s kitchens. Surplus grains and sugar cane can be sold to produce income.
Internet & IT Upgrade
Mukti’s schools currently have very limited internet capacity and there is also an upgrade needed for the computers and IT equipment. Scotch College in Perth are keen to assist in providing enhanced online learning capacity for the Mukti students, but a major internet and IT upgrade is needed to make the most of this opportunity. This will involve the Marathi Medium High School, the Junior College and the English Medium School.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN HELPED
76 projects have been completed at Mukti India, funded by Australia over the last 12 years.
Pandita Ramabia Mukti Mission has cared for 150, 000 disadvantaged WOMEN and CHILDREN.
Worldwide, 132 million girls are out of school.
Only 20% of the world’s landholders are women.
OF MAKING AN IMPACT
5 individual girls at Mukti have been helped with surgery, prosthetics or specialised equipment in the last 12 years.
Junior College Classrooms upgrade
Mukti’s Junior College & High School has gone co-ed! When the Junior College at Mukti in India was built some years ago, it was for girls only. However, as the boys are graduating from the English Medium School at Mukti, there is a great desire for them to be able to complete their years 11 & 12 in the Junior College. The High School is also bulging at the seams with the Primary School boys graduating and moving on into the High School. New enrolments from the local village add to the increasing numbers.
Seven new classrooms, ten toilets, one admin office, Principal’s office, store room and stationary shop have been constructed in the basement of the current building, to cater for the influx of new students, who now have the opportunity to receive a good education and a future filled with potential.
A new advanced-life support ambulance is on order at Mukti, India. The old ambulance had done many trips and given much service and was ill-equipped to deal with emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon, Mukti residents will be transported to hospital in a safe, comfortable and well equipped ambulance.
Rainwater Harvesting Phase 1
Funding for Phase 1 of the project is complete and construction of two large underground tanks and required fittings of gutters, downpipes, pumps and plumbing to harvest rainwater from the hospital roof will commence soon. Water is a very precious commodity at Mukti, as only one of Mukti’s 12 wells capable of providing water suitable for drinking and everyday use. This project will provide much needed additional water by collecting rainwater from the hospital roof to be utilised on the Mukti main campus and can be extended to other Mukti buildings in future phases.
Main Kitchen Upgrade
Mukti Mission has a big kitchen that prepares food for 700 residents, three times a day. It included a wood fire section for cooking rice and other food items in large quantities. The kitchen upgrade was needed to increase ventilation and upgrade the cooling platforms for large vessels. The kitchen received a fresh coat of oil based paint to facilitate easier cleaning. A doorway previously without a gate was also constructed to prevent the entry of small animals.
Handelwadi Mother & Son units
Keeping the family unit together is so important! Away from the main campus at Handelwadi, three new units have been constructed and now accommodate three single mums who came to Mukti for shelter and care. Now they have safe, supported accommodation, where they are able to keep their little boys living with them. The Mums participate in empowering skills training and are employed to work in various parts of the extensive Mukti campus.
The Mukti hospital has undergone a renovation thanks to your generous support! New fresh paintwork always brightens up the surrounds, as well as a parking bay for autos and bikes. The dental unit has had a facelift too. Garden seats and plants complete the pleasant outdoor aspects of the hospital while patients wait for their all-important treatment or appointments.
Blind Ladies Kitchen
The ladies at Mukti who live with visual disability are an amazing group of women. But their kitchen was old and dark. Now it looks lovely with new paintwork and cupboards for each of the women. They are so appreciative of this, and even though most of them cannot see the changes, they are well aware of their new, bright and clean environment.
Goats love bright colours! So, if you visit them in a bright Indian outfit watch out – they will try and nibble your clothes! Providing milk, cheese and meat these goats are a great boost to the Mukti diet for so many women and children. A healthy diet means children can concentrate in school so much better, and enjoy good health with lots of energy for their day.
Sangli Education Centre
Situated in one of India’s major red light districts, the education centre provides a safe place for girls to be during the day. Education is so important to break this cycle that their mothers are trapped in. The mothers want their girls to have a positive future and hope for a better life than they have known, and this is afforded to them through the Mukti Education Centre.
Lunchtime is an important part of every school day for the girls, and now boys too, at Mukti’s Manorama Memorial High School. This is a time for them to relax and share their lunchtime together. Providing a hot meal to each student helps them concentrate in school as they enjoy a healthy nourishing meal in the middle of their school day.
For many years the mothers from the local villages asked the leadership of Mukti to provide a Junior College for their girls to study in safety and with teachers who were concerned for their welfare. Through the generosity of Australian donors, a Junior College was built on the main campus. Today it provides a safe place for both girls and boys to study within a wholesome environment?
Who we are
In Sanskrit, the word ‘mukti’ means freedom, liberation and salvation.
The name ‘mukti’ reflects the origins of our work which began in India over a century ago. Today, we partner with organisations in both India and Sri Lanka to empower disadvantaged children and women.