Together WE can change the lives of the most VULNERABLE

Since 1903

Mukti Australia (and before that, the Mukti Council) has travelled alongside and supported vulnerable women and children.

How can you help


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.

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Our Board of Directors are responsible for Mukti’s overall performance and
compliance, providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership on behalf of members, donors and supporters.



DipT B (Adult Learning and Development)


More about Karen

Now retired Karen was principal of a VET training college, where her work included mentoring programs, skills training for school refusers and training youth workers. Together with her husband Peter, Karen served in parish ministry for 40 years with strong ties to CMS Australia.


de Jager

BTh (Mission Studies), DipSS

Secretary of the Board

More about Glenda

Glenda comes to Mukti with a long history of working with national leaders in South Asia and Africa through International Needs.  She has also had roles with Missions Interlink, both on a state and national level which contributes to her understanding of missions  Glenda came to Mukti Australia in 2008 as the first National Director.



BA, BComm, Chartered Accountant


More about Claire

Claire has worked as an accountant in public practice for 17 years, specialising in assisting the not-for-profit sector. She has an active interest in mission and served as a Mission

Treasurer with SIM in Benin, West Africa for two years. When she has some spare time she enjoys sewing and dancing.

Jan Smoley

Diploma of Applied Science

More about Jan

Jan has a heart for Christian service and has always volunteered in ministries. She is passionate about the work of Mukti Australia because it respectfully supports programmes which are run by locals in their own countries.



B Ed

More about Louise

Louise is married with 5 children and has a B Ed (Primary Teaching). She has a keen interest in overseas development and mission, and has visited various projects around the world.



Interior Designer

More about Deb

Deb is an interior designer by profession with a large Sydney company. She has visited our partners many times and has a passion for supporting Mukti Australia’s projects in India and Sri Lanka.



Dip of Teaching; Adv Dip of Business Management; Dip Quality Auditing

More about Sue

Sue brings to the Board many years of experience in the community service sector and management of a Christian school and church.

Moses Thangasamy

B Comm (Actuarial Science) B Economics (Hons)

More about Moses


Moses has joined the Mukti Board having been a long time supporter of Mukti’s mission. He is passionate about empowering and standing with the underprivileged and obeying Jesus’ command to look after orphans and widows. He brings with him valuable experience in capital and business strategies, to help shape Mukti in its strategies and growth.



Mech. Engineering Certificate

More about Iain

Iain has enjoyed a varied career of design of process equipment, engineering sales, project/procurement management, delivery and short-term consultancy. He has brought these skills to PRMM India consulting on various development projects.

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.


The staff at Mukti Australia provide expertise, skills and a high level of commitment to ensure we are doing the best we can to positively impact the lives of the women and children in India and Sri Lanka.

Glenda de Jager

BTh (Mission Studies), DipSS

National Director 

Glenda leads the team as National Director. She has a background as a youth worker with YFC, working with institutional girls.  In 1974 she established International Needs in Australia, serving as Associate Director, supporting national workers in a network of 30+ countries.  Her travels took her to a number of countries monitoring projectsGlenda has had roles with Missions Interlink, both on a state and national level which contributes to her understanding of missions  Glenda came to Mukti Australia in 2008 as the first National Director.


Peter Warren 


Western Australia and Northern Territory Director (part time)

Peter and Kathryn have been a great asset since joining Mukti in late 2012. Coming from the Leprosy Mission, they have a great love for India. Peter has been able to introduce many more people in WA and NT to the work of Mukti. We share Peter with Missions Interlink in WA as well. Peter is a longstanding member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Chiew Hwa Koot

B. Economics (Accounting)

Business Manager

Coming from the corporate world, Chiew Hwa brings much of that experience to her role, as well as a heart for missions. She is a CPA by qualification and has a B.Ec with experience in business planning & development, management and leadership.

Susan Stafford 

Master of Transformational Development, Grad Dip Arts (Mission Studies)

International Projects Officer

Susan is a retired general and psychiatric nurse, with 12 years management and community development experience. She is passionate about social justice and facilitating community empowerment and transformation.


1 out of 6

girls do not complete 6th grade.



132 million

 girls are out of school ( worldwide).