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In 1903, a group of concerned Australians joined together to support the work of Ramabai Mukti Mission to offer shelter, access to food and water, health care and education to children and women made destitute by famine in India.
As the work of the Mission grew, so did the number of Australians committed to supporting its work. An Australian Council was formed, and the bonds of partnership grew. Throughout the 1900’s, more and more Australians become involved in the work of the Mission – whether supporting the Mission’s work from Australia through donations, or serving at the Mission itself in India. Several of the Mission Superintendents were women from Australia.
In 2001 the Australian Council became incorporated as Ramabai Mukti Mission Australia Inc, then later changed its name to Mukti Australia Inc in 2009.
Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission serves vulnerable women and children from the Pune campus, as well as 18 other locations across 8 states of India.
The main residential community 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.
Wings of Hope invests in the lives of over 200 children and their families living in the tea plantations and an urban slum community in Colombo.
Sponsored children receive access to education, educational supplies (including school shoes, uniforms, books and stationery) and access to basic health care and nutrition (including check-ups, vaccinations, and nutritional supplements for newborns).
Young adults receive skills training and vocational support. Parents, particularly the mothers, receive skills training, income generation opportunities, and workshops on parenting, family planning, child protection and rights awareness. Wings of Hope also seeks to improve the living conditions and housing of families.
In times of disaster, they seek to offer relief such as food rations and emergency housing.
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.