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Pandita Ramabai 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 Sharda 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.
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.
“The intention 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, Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission lives on as one of Ramabai’s lasting legacies.
Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission
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 main 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 Indian flowers. Today, the Mission campus near Pune also has a hospital, nursing home, dental clinic, Marathi Primary School, Manorama Secondary School and Junior College, Special Needs School, Dignity training department, nursery for abandoned / unwanted babies, farm, dairy and church.
Mukti’s other projects across India include children’s homes and hostels, pre-schools and daycare centres, adult literacy and vocational skills training programmes. Mukti also has work in one of the largest red-light districts, preventing young girls entering the sex trade.
It is estimated the Mission has helped over 100,000 women and children since Ramabai first opened the doors in 1889.