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.
MUKTI AUSTRALIA TIMELINE
The Kaiser Hind award was given to Ramabai by King George V of England, the highest award that an Indian could boast of during colonial regime. It was of pure gold.
Postage stamp was released by the Government of India commemorating 100 years since the commencement of Ramabai’s work.
Vaishali (Social worker) and Rutika (IT teacher) from PRMM visited Australia.
A partnership between Mukti Australia and Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka commenced. Pictured above are Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Alexander and her husband Adrian Alexander.
Lorraine Francis awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bible University.
1858 – Rama Dongre was born into a Brahmin family in India
1878 – Given the title of Pandita Ramabai Saraswati, Sanskrit scholars at the University of Calcutta gave her the titles Pandita (scholar) and Saraswati (for the goddess of learning), and she became involved in social reform and education circles in Bengal.
1886 – Ramabai traveled to the United States of America where they visited many churches and sold copies of Ramabai’s book, “High Caste Indian Women”. This raised much-needed funds for the work in India.
1889 – Sharda Sadan, “Home of Learning”, opened in Bombay with two pupils. The school was for high caste child Hindu widows, with the principle of observing complete religious freedom.
1891 – 26 child widows and 13 non-widows in the school.
1895 – Ramabai purchased a farm on deserted land near Pune.
1896-97 – 300 girls rescued from Madhya Pradesh famine and taken to a farm as plague had broken out in Pune. Temporary sheds were put up hastily to accommodate them, and the place was called “Mukti Sadan”, Home of Salvation.
1898 – Opening of first permanent stone building.
1899 – Laying of Rescue Home foundation stone.
1899 – Laying of church foundation stone.
1900-01 – Hundreds of girls and women rescued from Gujarat famine. Almost 2,000 residents now.
1902 – Separate home established for boys nearby the women’s home.
1903 – Printing press established, fully operated by women.
1903- Mukti Council in Australia was formed in Melbourne following a visit by Manoramabai and Minnie Abrams from India. The first Chairperson was Mrs E. Dix from Auburn, secretary was Mrs Charlotte Warren and treasurer Mrs Holmes of Hawthorn.
1904 – Ramabai started translation of the Bible into Marathi.
1905 – first missionary from Australia was Amy Parsons, followed by Mr & Mrs Fred Cations in 1906.
1912 – Property purchased in Supa-Baramati.
1913 – First edition of the New Testament in Marathi published.
1919 – Government recognition granted up to matriculation level to Mukti School.
1919 -The Kaiser Hind award was given to Ramabai by King George V of England, the highest award that an Indian could boast of during colonial regime. It was of pure gold.
1922 – April 5th Ramabai’s death.
1922 – Trustees changed the Mission name to Ramabai Mukti Mission.
1924 – Ramabai’s translation of the complete Bible printed at the Mukti Printing Press.
1949 – Krishnabai Memorial Hospital opened.
1956 – The Flower Family cottage system was started with mixed age groups of girls. Until now girls and women had been grouped according to age and lived in separate compounds.
1966 – First Conference for representatives of Mukti’s six overseas Councils held.
1966 – Manoramabai Memorial Girls High School opened (in memory of Ramabai’s daughter).
1970 – Name changed to Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission.
1989 – A postage stamp was released by the Government of India commemorating 100 years since the commencement of Ramabai’s work.
1999 – Pandita Ramabai listed as one of the top 20 humanitarians of the 20th century by The Australian newspaper.
2000 – Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission received the Mahatma Gandhi Award for Social Justice.
2001 – Australian Council became incorporated as Ramabai Mukti Mission Australia Inc.
2008 – Glenda de Jager appointed first National Director at Mukti Australia.
2009 – Mukti in Australia changed its name to Mukti Australia Inc.
2010 – Lorraine Francis inducted as the Mission Director, Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission.
2010 – Lorraine & Anil Francis visit Australia for the first time, meetings in WA.
2012 – PRMM given the 5th Annual Mother Teresa Award for social justice by the Harmony Association
2012 – Mukti Australia funded the construction of a Junior College at the main Mukti campus in Kedgaon.
2012 – construction of a Junior College at PRMM with classes for Std 11 and 12.
2014 – 125-year celebration of the founding of PRMM
2014 – Mukti Australia hosts their first encounter tour with a young female graduate from PRRM.
2016 – On the 1st February, the Partnership between Mukti Australia and Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka commenced.
2019 – Lorraine Francis was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bible University.
2019 – Mukti Australia funded the purchase of a new building in Colombo for Wings of Hope, which became their new headquarters.
2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic swept the world, and adversely affected both PRMM in India and Wings of Hope in Sri Lanka. Both of our partner organisations provided COVID relief food parcels to many needy families in nearby communities.
– Main Mukti campus affected by COVID-19, resulting in many being hospitalized and several deaths. Closure of Mukti’s schools to students from outside the campus.
– Emergency food relief continues to be distributed to outside families.
– Wings of Hope continues food relief for needy families in Colombo and Hatton tea plantation regions
– New building acquired by Wings of Hope for Hatton Education & Community Centre, replacing the former converted cow shed.
2022 – Life begins to return to a new “normal” at Mukti’s main campus. Schools now able to re-open to non-resident children
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