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Mukti Australia is all about empowering WOMEN and CHILDREN

We seek to create opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka to lift themselves out of poverty and live meaningful lives of hope, safety and empowerment.

We seek to support and empower:
  • Orphaned and abandoned children
  • Destitute women and children
  • Widows
  • Outcast women and children
  • Unwed and single mothers
  • Women and children living with intellectual and physical disabilities
  • Women and children living with mental illness
  • Women caught in the sex trade and their children
We do this by partnering with organisations on the ground in India and Sri Lanka to support initiatives in four main areas. Click on the areas listed below to know more.

1. EDUCATION

We believe that education is the key to empowering disadvantaged children to escape generational cycles of poverty. Mukti Australia supports initiatives that promote learning and education, including:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Tertiary education scholarships
  • Homework clubs
  • Computer academies
  • Braille schools for the visually impaired
  • Special Needs Schools for those living with physical, intellectual and visual impairment
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Centres and Day Care Centres
  • Literacy programs

2. TRAINING & EMPOWERMENT - VOCATIONAL TRAINING, SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND RIGHTS AWARENESS

We invest in initiatives that provide disadvantaged girls and women with skills and knowledge that builds their confidence, enables them to earn an income, become more independent and take control of their own lives and futures. Mukti Australia supports initiatives such as:

  • Sewing and jewellery making at Mukti Mission's Creative Arts School (India) – girls who are not academically inclined learn skills such as sewing and jewellery making. We help sell the products they produce in Australia to provide the girls with an income. You can purchase their products in our online shop
  • Paper crafts training at Mukti Mission’s Special Needs School (India) – the students make braille boxes
  • Small businesses for women living with physical disabilities such as ironing business, small shops and cafés (India and Sri Lanka)
  • Business training workshops, self-help groups and livelihood training programs (Sri Lanka)
  • Skills training and job finding support for youth (Sri Lanka)
  • Rights awareness, parenting and child protection workshops
  • Literacy Programs

3. HEALTH  

Mukti Australia supports initiatives that promote the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged children and women in India and Sri Lanka. These include:

  • Hospitals, preventative care units and mobile health clinics. Mukti Mission has a 30-bed facility in Pune which provides free medical care to the Mission’s 750+ residents, as well as subsidised medical care to poor members of the local community (India)
  • Nursing Homes – Mukti Mission’s Sunshine Nursing Home cares for vulnerable elderly women who are can no longer care for themselves and have no family (India)
  • Dental Clinics – Mukti Mission has a dental clinic that provides free dental care to the Mission’s residents and subsidised dental care to poor members of the local community
  • Medical check-ups, medicine, vaccinations and nutritional support programs
  • Health, hygiene and sanitation workshops (Sri Lanka)
  • Mother and baby care programs (Sri Lanka)
  • School meal programs

4. HOLISTIC CARE  

Mukti Australia believes that in order for vulnerable women and children to lift themselves out of poverty, the essential building blocks of life must be in place. These include safe shelter, access to food and clean water, clothing and community. We invest in initiatives that promote these most basic needs, such as:

  • Family group homes for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and women - Mukti Mission provides a home and a sense of belonging to women and children with backgrounds of poverty, abuse and exploitation across India. Over 750 women and children live together in community at the Mission’s main campus in Pune, and more live together in 18 expansion homes across 9 different states in India. to move towards self sufficiency, the Mission also operates a farm and diary.
  • Emergency food rations
  • Other initiatives that improve the living conditions of destitute families such as building toilets, wells and other community amenities, and repairing houses.


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