Saturday 12th November
Session 1: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session 2: 2pm - 4pm
Bimbi of Flinders
41-43 King St, Flinders, Victoria (Mornington Peninsula)
Come join us for a delightful high tea, live music and fun at Flinders’ oldest home (c.1865). Set in beautiful park-like gardens, it is a perfect place to unwind and relax with friends while playing a part to make a difference. Walk away inspired to make a change and impact for vulnerable and disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka. Handmade crafts, plants and wares will be available for purchase.
Food includes a selection of sandwiches, warm delicacies & decadent desserts, and coffee/tea. Please include any dietary requirements on your order form. Sessions include house and garden tours!
Places will go quickly, so book your tickets now!
Tickets can be booked online through Eventbrite by clicking the button, or by contacting the office at (08) 9890 0211.
Moving forward in 2022 …
by Glenda de Jager National Director
What a challenge we face in 2022 in our world affected by COVID-19 and its variants. At Mukti Australia we also face many challenges as we strive to continue to be faithful to our calling to make known the work of Mukti (PRMM in India, and Wings of Hope Lanka in Sri Lanka). Relying on our prayers and financial support, our friends and colleagues there carry out amazing work, building into the lives of vulnerable women and children through initiatives in education, health, skills training, holistic care and so much more.
Can you help us?
How do we share this news of what is happening in India and Sri Lanka with our friends, neighbours, churches, service groups and others in Australia in the current situation in which we live? That’s the big challenge we face! We have many good stories that may encourage you as well stories of significant difficulties faced by our partners and the families they are reaching.
For example, Sri Lanka’s inflation is at an all time high, hitting an alarming 14.2% in Jan 2022, with food inflation at 21.5%, making Sri Lanka’s inflation the fastest growing in Asia.
I’m sure you can understand how difficult this is for families living on the poverty line. Sponsorship of women (India) and children (both India and Sri Lanka) helps families and we always have women or children requiring sponsorship .. just reach out to us if you are interested.
We would love to share at meetings or provide you with up-to-date video clips and photos, or even a Zoom gathering. Just give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*
Responding to COVID-19 Crisis
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
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
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.
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.