Who we are

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 so 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’s Directors were Australians.

In 2001 the Australian Council became incorporated as Ramabai Mukti Mission Australia Inc, then later changed its name to Mukti Australia Inc in 2009.

Today, under the leadership of its National Director Glenda de Jager, Mukti Australia has grown into an impressive network of employees, area representatives, volunteers and supporters across every state in Australia – all united by our commitment to see vulnerable women and children on the Indian subcontinent transformed and empowered to pursue lives of hope and purpose.

We do this by supporting our overseas partners through:

Prayer - We pray for the work of our partners in India and Sri Lanka

Funding - We provide funding for development initiatives in India and Sri Lanka

Capacity Building - We support our partner staff in India and Sri Lanka

Serving - We send Australian volunteers and consultants to serve our partners in India and Sri Lanka with their time and expertise

Mukti Australia Milestones

  • 1902 - 2000
  • 1902-03

    Visit to Australia by Manoramabai, Ramabai's daughter

  • 1903

    Mukti Council set up in Melbourne

  • 1910

    First missionary sent from Australia.

  • 1999

    Pandita Ramabai listed as one of the top 20 humanitarians of the 20th century by The Australian newspaper.

  • 2001 - 2014
  • 2001

    Incorporated as Ramabai Mukti Mission Australia Inc.

  • 2008

    Full time National Director appointed for Mukti Australia

    Extensive organisational review.

    Strategic Master plan II begins.

    Name changed to Mukti Australia Inc.

    Tax deductibility for Mukti Overseas Aid Fund secured.


  • 2010

    Evaluation of organisation.

  • 2012

    Director for Western Australia and Northern Territory appointed


  • 2014

    One of Mukti's girls joined the deputation team in Australia.


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.

Our VISION is:

Hope and a brighter future for women and children in India and Sri Lanka


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:

Our mission is to create opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka to have real hope and meaningful lives that realise their God-given potential


Our VALUES are at the core of what we do and how we work:

God’s heart for the poor. We are motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ and by His heart for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalised.

Holistic development. We are committed to work with people to promote physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. We are committed to the transformation and empowerment of vulnerable women and children in particular, irrespective of their background, because we believe empowering women and children is the key to bringing about change in families and whole communities, and is effective in breaking generational cycles of poverty and exploitation.

Genuine Partnership with Australians. We are committed to partnering with Australians and offering them the opportunity to genuinely engage with those we work with through prayer, volunteering and financial giving.

Collaborative Partnership with grassroots organisations. We are committed to partnering with organisations on the ground to accomplish our mission, and to building strong relationships characterised by mutual respect, genuine collaboration and openness. We seek to strengthen these partners through capacity building to promote the effectiveness and sustainability of their work.

Integrity and accountability. We are committed to working professionally and value transparency, honesty and integrity in all our partnerships. We acknowledge our accountability before God for the use of our time and resources (financial, human and natural) and actively encourage our partners to do the same.


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