Ramabai Mukti Mission, India

Mukti Mission seeks to provide a “Christ centered home where destitute women and children irrespective of their background are accepted, cared for, transformed, and empowered to be salt and light in the society.”

 

Photo: Pandita Ramabai

Pandita Ramabai¬†The founder of Mukti Mission was a pioneer in several ways. Recognized as one of India’s most influential woman reformers, she was the first to promote the welfare and education of Indian widows. She had a charismatic personality and was passionately interested in the freedom and welfare of her countrywomen. Inspired by God, whom she found in Jesus Christ after first trying all the religions at her disposal, she founded the Mukti Mission on March 11, 1889. She started the Sharada Sadan in Bombay, with the help of two other widows. In 1898, she established the Mission at Kedgaon on a 100 acre plot. By mid 1900, there were 2500 residents housed in the Mukti Sadan, Sharada Sadan, Krupa Sadan (home of grace for the disgraced women), Priti Sadan (home of love for the aged and infirm), Sadanand Sadan (home for boys) and Bartimi Sadan (home for the blind).

 

Homes for Destitute Women and Girls. Orphaned and semi- orphaned girls find a home and shelter in our home at Kedgaon. Matrons and Guardians fill the role of parents, helping the girls grow in a loving atmosphere. They live in different flower-named families, growing up as normal unaffected girls. Over the years many professional workers have emerged from the gates of Mukti. Many have settled into families of their own. Women, though they have been discarded and often disgraced by their families, find refuge at Kedgaon.

Education, Religious Training and Medical Care. Pandita Ramabai firmly believed that the education of women would pave the way for their welfare She was the first to start the Kindergarten method of learning. Today the Sharada Sadan (Primary School) the Manorama Memorial Girls High School the Manorama Memorial English School, and the School for the Blind stand in fulfillment of this need not only for the Mukti girls, but also for the surrounding community. The Krishnabai Memorial Hospital at Kedgaon, with modern facilities, is able to provide medical care in case of emergency. This 30 bed hospital, founded in 1948, caters not only to the Mukti residents, but also to the community. Thousands use these medical facilities every year.

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