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INDIA CHARITY DINNER

*NEW DATE* 

You are invited to dinner at GAYLORD INDIAN RESTAURANT in Melbourne on Tuesday 29th June at 6 pm. 

Indian Feast of 7 dishes inc a glass of wine: BYO available – $79 per head. 

The owners of Gaylord’s are hosting this dinner with the total proceeds of the evening being donated to COVID RELIEF through Mukti Australia.  We are so grateful to them for their generosity!

Click on ‘booking link below’ and the site will take you to ‘Fundraising Dinner to support India through COVID-19 ’

During this first class 7 course Indian meal, Glenda de Jager, our National Director will be sharing how Mukti Australia has been able to assist our partners in India and Sri Lanka through this COVID pandemic.

If you are holding a previous booking, please call the Mukti office to re-confirm on 9890 0211

    Upcoming speaking engagements and events

    Come and hear the incredible story of Mukti Australia from our National Director Glenda de Jager or Regional Director for Western Australia & Northern Territory Peter Warren. 

      Glenda de Jager Speaking engagements

      • 23 May at 10 am  -Northcote Baptist Church

       

      Sydney Morning Tea’s 

      We are excited to let you know about another opportunity to hear about the impact of COVID in India and Sri Lanka and how you can make a difference.

      Glenda de Jager, National Director of Mukti Australia, will be joining us via zoom to give the latest updates from our partners in both countries.

      • Thursday 10th June 10:30 am – West Pymble, Sydney. 
      • Friday 11th June 10.30 am – Padstow, Sydney. 

      RSVP by 9th June to the Mukti office, 03 9890 0211 or admin@mukti.org.au

       

      Peter Warren’s Speaking engagements

      • Sun 13 June at 8:30 am– Ballajura Baptist Church
      • Sun 20 June at  9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm –  Riverview Church, Burswood
      • Sun 27 June at 9:30 am– Bethany Worship Centre, Gosnells
      • Sun 04 July at 10:00am – Maylands Baptist Church
      • Sun 11 July at 9:30 am– Wattle Grove Baptist Church
      • Tues 13 July at 6.30pm –Rotary Club of Karrinyup
      • Fri 23 to Sun 25 July  – Perth Keswick Convention, at Camp Wattle Grove

      Jayshree’s Story

      by Peter Warren

      I lost my parents at a very early age and it was extremely hard for me to understand, but in 1998 I was brought to Mukti where I found so much love and care. Many other girls had also come to Mukti from difficult situations and together we enjoyed being a family. We were given nutritious meals, a safe place to live and a good education. After I graduated from Junior College, I enrolled in a hotel management course, which I successfully completed and went on to work for Starbucks as a barista for one year.

      In 2016 my twin sister died, and I found it hard to carry on with life as normal. For three months I did not know what to do and how to cope. I was totally losing hope from everything. But at that time the Mission Director, Mrs Lorraine Francis, called me back to Mukti so that I could receive the loving care that I needed and refocus on my future. It was such a help to me. Then an overseas sponsor offered to pay for me to do further study. In 2018 I enrolled in Christ University to study for my MBA. For the first three months I really struggled to improve my English and apply myself to my studies. However, with lots of encouragement from my sponsor and from Mukti, I finished all semesters with good marks and graduated with my MBA in May 2020. Even my friends were surprised at my results.

      I returned to Mukti whilst I looked for suitable work and I assisted in the Indian Communications Office and I also acted as a guardian for the girls in Sunflower family (one of the many family homes at Mukti). Recently I was selected to work for a large corporate business as an Analyst – Risk & Compliance. It’s a job that I could hardly ever have dreamed of.

      I can proudly say’s I am a “Mukti daughter”. Because of Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission and the generosity of sponsors, I am an independent woman. Because of them today I’m alive and have a positive future.

      The Ultimate Gift for Gowri!

      by Rebecca Alexander

      Gowri was widowed on the 21st of January 2019 when her husband, who worked for a stone cutting quarry lost his life going uphill to fix dynamite.

      Today she is a single mother left to bring up her two boys Dhanush (12 years) and Pradeep (3 years) independently. Gowri lived in a small mud house which she called home. She works in a plant nursery called the ‘Mal Farm’ from eight in the morning to five in the evening earning a daily wage of Rs.400/- (less than $3).

      Her mother, who is very elderly looks after her youngest son till she gets home. Dhanush attends Government school in the mornings, is in Grade 8 and attends the Wings program.

      Gowri’s home was made of mud walls, had a leaking tin roof and a dirt floor. Meals were cooked over a firewood stove. They did not have running water but shared a well with the community. This new home will mean safety for Gowri (being a widow without her husband’s protection) and her two boys. It will keep them warm from the cold, no more pots and pans on the floor to collect rainwater that drips from a leaky roof. This is her dream!

      In October 2020 this dream became a reality as Gowri, and her boys laid the foundation stone for her new home being built by Wings. Work started on the 14th of October, and despite all the COVID challenges, the team were able to complete the project on the 11th of December.

      Thank you to all our friends that made this dream a reality for Gowri.

      Real name withheld*

      Over the last 131 years

      we have partnered with WOMEN and CHILDREN in India and Sri Lanka.

      How can you help

      Responding to COVID-19 Crisis

      INDIA

       

      by Glenda de Jager

      National Director, Mukti Australia

       

      MUKTI PULSE Bringing hope and a brighter future to women and children in India and Sri Lanka Lorraine Francis, Mission Director at Mukti looked out the front window of her home at Mukti and watched as people walked past, families with small children, babies on their mother’s hips, their worldly goods on their heads…. each family trying to reach their home place, sometimes walking many many miles in the heat and dust of India.

      And outside the walls of the Mukti campus itself families are starving, with no food available to them because they are rag pickers searching in the garbage, migrant workers, daily wage earners or have no government ID.

      The UN World Food Programme, states that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation — double last year’s figures. There is the possibility of a ‘hunger pandemic’ due to COVID-19.Much of this will be in India.

      What can Mukti in India (Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission) do to help in this situation?

      There was an immediate response… 465 desperate families were helped with food packages in April and May, and will continue in June and July. That’s 2000- 3000 extra mouths being fed each month avoiding starvation. Relief packages include rice, wheat, oil, gram, peas, chilli powder, turmeric, ginger, jagary, tea, mustard, jeera, chickpeas, coriander and salt.

      What did we do here in Australia?… Mukti Australia launched an immediate appeal to help our partners in both India and Sri Lanka. Thank you Australian friends for your generosity! We have been overwhelmed by your willingness to share sacrificially.

      But it’s not over yet – the need is still immense! Mukti India has lost most of their local donations and income which provide for half of their regular needs – the support and care of some of the most vulnerable; hundreds of girls, boys and young women who depend on Mukti for education, shelter and safety. Single mums and elderly women, the most vulnerable in Indian society are also cared for. The PRMM leadership believe, in accordance with the Indian government information that it will take 3 years for India to recover from COVID-19.

      Our COVID-19 relief appeal is now combined with our ‘End of Financial Year’ appeal. Please share with your friends, church, neighbours, families how they can share in the lives of the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others….thank you for being part of this.

      Becoming innovative in times of crisis

      INDIA

       

      by Lorraine Francis,

      Mission Director, PRMM

       

      Our efforts to transform waste into valuable goods continues as we continually brainstorm new ways to utilize junk and old materials. Santosh Sable has earnt the nickname “Mr. Fix,” as he comes up with clever new inventions. His latest design is a trolley for the oxygen cylinder which greatly assists the hospital staff. He has also created a multi-purpose trolley out of old bicycles that is being used to distribute goods around the yard.

      Emergency Response COVID-19

      SRI LANKA

       

      by Rebecca Alexander

      COO, Wings of Hope

       

      WINGS OF HOPE is extremely grateful to you for the support we have received throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With your support, we have reached out to over 150 underprivileged families in Hatton and the suburbs of Colombo – mainly families of daily-wage earners who cannot work at home are among the worst affected by the loss of their employment. There is still more to be done! As an organization dedicated to assist communities in need at times such as this, Wings is doing its very best to make essential groceries available to families in and also out of our project. Thank you for your continued prayers for our nation, and for your continued financial support which enables us to bring relief to these families in small ways.

      Mukta’s Story  

      by Peter Warren 

      Regional Director for Western Australia & Northern Territory

       

      Coming from a very underprivileged background, Mukta grew up at Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission in Maharashtra, where she received a good education. She later graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Mukta is now a well-loved Social Worker and Education Coordinator at Mukti’s main campus.

      She is also well-loved by the Mukti Australia community. Many of you will remember her visits to Australia in 2016 and again in 2018. We greatly valued her visits to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Western Australia.

      Thanks to your support, we were able to help her receive a new prosthetic limb. It has made such a difference to her life! Here is Mukta saying hi to Australia and sending her love. We hope to see her again in Australia when travel restrictions are over.

      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.

      Mukti Australia is a Christian organisation seeking to change lives through a range of development initiatives that demonstrate, in a practical way, the love of Jesus Christ.

      35%

      of females in India are illiterate. 

      70%

      of the world’s poorest 1 billion people, are women