Our story

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 Pandita 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:

- We pray for the work of our partners in India and Sri Lanka
- We provide funding for development initiatives in India and Sri Lanka
Capacity Building
- We support our partner staff in India and Sri Lanka
- We send Australian volunteers and consultants to serve our partners in India and Sri Lanka with their time and expertise
  • 1889 - 1891
  • 1889

    Sharada Sadan, "Home of Learning", opened in Bombay with two pupils. The school was for high caste Hindu widows, with the principle of observing complete religious freedom.


  • 1890

    The school moved to Pune.

  • 1891

    26 child widows and 13 non-widows in the school.

  • 1885 - 1901
  • 1895

    Ramabai purchased a farm on deserted land near Pune.

  • 1896 - 1897

    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.


  • 1899

    Laying of church foundation stone.

  • 1900 - 1901

    Hundreds of girls and women rescued from Gujarat famine. Almost 2,000 residents now.

  • 1902 - 1913
  • 1902

    Separate home established for boys near the women's home.

  • 1903

    Printing press established in Mukti India, fully operated by women.

  • 1904

    Ramabai started translation of Bible into Marathi.

  • 1913

    First edition of the New Testament in Marathi published.

  • 1919 - 1966
  • 1919

    Government recognition granted up to matriculation level to Mukti School. Ramabai awarded Kaiser-Hind medal for community service.

  • 1922

    Ramabai's death.


  • 1924

    Ramabai's translation of the complete Bible printed at the Mukti Printing Press.

  • 1949

    Krishnabai Memorial Hospital opened.

  • 1966

    Manoramabai Memorial Girls High School opened (in memory of Ramabai's daughter).

  • 1970 - 2000
  • 1970

    Name of Mission changed to Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission.

  • 1989

    Postal stamp released by the Government of India commemorating 100 years since the commencement of Ramabai's work.


  • 2000

    Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission received the Mahatma Gandhi Award for Social Justice.

  • 2008 - 2015
  • 2009

    New leadership - Mrs Lorraine Francis became Director of Mukti India. International Conference of Mukti and supporting countries.



  • 2010

    Evaluation of organisation.

  • 2012

    International conference of Mukti and supporting countries. Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission received the Mother Teresa award



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.


  • 2016

    Partnership with Wings of Hope Lanka as managed by Rebecca Alexander