The Good Harvest Project
Water Catchment And Farming For Mukti’s Future
With over 2100 women and children living, learning and working at Mukti’s Pune campus each day, the campus’ demands for water and food supplies are considerable. However Mukti’s wells often run dry and much of its farmland lies fallow due to lack of water and farming resources. Mukti must collect, store and utilise water more effectively, and increase the productivity of its farmland making better use of natural resources.
THE GOOD HARVEST PROJECT INCLUDES:
- Implementing water harvesting systems
- Building water catchments
- Introducing irrigation systems to fallow fields
- Increasing Mukti’s capacity for organic, sustainable and productive farming
- More reliable access to clean water for disadvantaged women and children in India
- More reliable food supply and access to nutritious meals for disadvantaged women and children in India
- Access to food, water and other basic needs enables children to shift their focus away from survival and towards education, skills training and realising the potential within themselves to live a purpose-filled life
- Mukti’s farming staff are trained in sustainable farming practices
- Mukti’s farmland produces better crops
- Mukti itself becomes more sustainable as the ability to provide for itself increases
Please partner with us to help bring the good harvest to Mukti India!
Wings Of Hope Project
WINGS Of HOPE PROJECT – SRI LANKA
Wings of Hope Lanka (WOHL) is a non-profit organisation that empowers vulnerable women and children to develop an understanding of their own personal worth and realise the potential within themselves to live a purpose-filled life.
- Providing school stationary and school shoes so that disadvantaged children can attend government schools
- Weekly tutorials to help the kids keep up at school
- Medical check-ups, medicine and vaccinations
- Meals and nutritional supplements
- Health, hygiene and family planning education
- Early Childhood Care and Education Centres
- Training in life skills, budgeting, business enterprise and vocational skills
- Women’s self-help group and access to credit for micro-enterprises
- Rights awareness training
- Partnering with and strengthening the local church
- About 200 disadvantaged children receive access to education, health care and nutritional meals
- About 20 families’ income increased through livelihood programs
- About 10 vulnerable teenagers receive business training, life skills and vocational support
- About 200 children’s and 70 families’ health improved through health and hygiene education sessions
- Two women’s self-help groups formed
- Six women receive access to credit for micro-enterprise
- About 340 lives impacted!
Toilets for Tea Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka
Toilets for Tea Plantation Workers in Sri Lanka
Kudaoya is a private tea plantation estate on the outskirts of Hatton. The 300 families who live and work on the plantation are amongst the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Sri Lanka. Tea picking is gruelling and dangerous work, and a 12 hour day pays less than $4. Living conditions are very poor – most families live in one room compartments called ‘lines’ or in mud shacks, with up to 9 family members sharing a single room. Most families have no proper sanitation or running water. Previously the families shared communal toilets provided by the government, but more recently the government closed these toilets and introduced a requirement that each family have its own toilet. Of course most of the families cannot afford to build their own toilet, and sharing a neighbour’s private toilet causes a lot of tension between families. Therefore many families are forced to dig a pit outside their house as a toilet, resulting in diseases due to lack of hygiene.
Our partner in Sri Lanka, Wings of Hope is working to improve the living conditions of the Kudaoya community. Working together with a local church, Wings is providing families with the raw materials and construction expertise to build their own toilets. 8 toilets have already been constructed in the most needy households, however there are still another 20 families who desperately need a toilet.
The project costs for each toilet is $625. This includes materials, training on how to construct the toilet, support and oversight by a sanitation contractor, and project monitoring and management costs. We invite you to be part of this compelling initiative by donating, in part or in full, the cost of a toilet for a plantation family.
‘Mooo’kti Dairy Project
Clean Water for Women and Children
Renovation of Mamta Sadan
Junior College Building
New Kitchen for Mukti High School
Mukti Mission India provides holistic support to over 500 vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women at its campus near Pune in Maharashtra, India, including safe shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care and vocational skills training. Mukti’s dairy is integral to the mission’s ability to provide the community with milk; an important source of calcium and protein essential for good health.
The Mission currently has 20 cows, however more are needed to improve the dairy’s productivity. More cows means more milk for the community, more income for the Mission selling excess milk in the local market, and more fertiliser for Mukti’s agricultural fields to increase crops. The dairy also needs additional equipment such as anti-slip mats, milk weighing scales, water pump, tractor fittings, fencing, wire mesh for the wells and a small shed.
At Mukti Australia, we believe in investing in projects for the future - projects that promote independence and strengthen the capacity of our partners to empower women and children.
New Kitchen for Mukti High School
Mukti schools provide students with a nutritious lunch every school day – for some students who come from outside of Mukti, it may be the only substantial and nutritious meal. However, the kitchens at the High School and Primary School are currently little more than brick sheds with no ventilation or benchtops — new kitchens are required to comply with new government regulations and to ensure adequate meals can be prepared for the students.
Clean Water for Disadvantaged Women and Children
Mukti’s Pune campus is home to over 700 disadvantaged women and children, and the campus schools educate over 2100 children. A water filtration and softening system is needed to ensure the water coming from the taps in the homes and schools is clean and free from water-born diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
The system to be installed is expected to last for at least 50 years and ongoing costs are relatively low. Local staff will be trained on how to maintain the system in good working order.
Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and necessity of life. It is also a precondition for empowering disadvantaged children and women, as healthy children and women are able to participate in education and skills training to fight their way out of the cycle of poverty.
Sunshine Nursing Home
There are elderly and infirm ladies who live at Mukti. These ladies can no longer care for themselves so Mukti staff care for them. The rooms in the Sunshine Nursing Home were freshly painted for a bright environment for these precious ladies.
Paving At Bouganvillea Home
The paving project was completed in various stages to enable visually impaired ladies from Bartimi Sadan and young visually impaired girls from the Bouganvillea Home to have access to a proper safe walkway, free from obstructions regardless of the weather.
Our friends from WA recently took on the challenge to finish the final section of pathway in the 'Pave the Way' project. Observers have been amazed to watch the visually impaired ladies negotiating their way around the Mukti complex in single file, holding on to each other as they do so.
Chicken Project, Farm Fencing and Crops
The chicken project is well underway producing eggs for the kitchen.
The farm is well underway producing a bountiful harvest supplying both the Mukti kitchen for the girls and women, and generating much needed income from the sale of crops. With the fencing completed, the cows are now able to graze freely at Mukti's farm.
A new waterproof roof has been installed over the Krupa Sadan and Rajwada Homes. This is bringing joy to the hearts of Mukti's senior citizens. Included in the upgrade are new bath and toilet facilities.
Independent Living Units
The heartbeat of Mukti is to see women raised from poverty and helplessness to empowerment. As a result of the education and skills they receive at Mukti, Mukti girls in time move away to marry or pursue studies or work. But for many of these girls the Mukti community is their family and Mukti the only home they have ever known. And so from time to time during their holidays or difficult periods in their lives, they may wish to return to Mukti to live for a short time.
To avoid disruption in the family group homes by visiting girls sleeping on the floor, the Independent Living Unit provides these girls with short-term accomodation. Each room is fully contained with a bedroom/living room and ensuite bathroom to ensure the privacy and independence of the women is protected.
Mother And Child Care Unit
Within the dominant worldview in India, it is very difficult for young single mothers to retain and care for their babies. They are ostracised and often cast out of their community, and face extreme poverty, abuse and exploitation. Mukti seeks to empower single mothers to be responsible mothers, to provide for themselves and their child, and to face life with dignity.
For this reason, with the help of generous Australian donors, Mukti established a Mother and Child Care Unit. This offers shelter, security and a loving community to young families for 2-5 years while the mother receives life and vocational skills. The Mother and Child Care Unit opened in February 2014 and it is now home to five women and their children.
Dongre Vasti Fencing
Mukti India has prayed for many years that somehow they would be able to fence this part of the property to keep out those who want to take Mukti's land. At last this is becoming a reality! Work is underway.
A very big thank you to everyone who has given sacrificially and contributed to the Easter Appeal - we are now $17,000 closer to our target.
Sep 14 UPDATE: We are no longer taking donations for this project as the funding target has been achieved.
School desks for Mukti Primary and High School
School desks are absolutely vital for learning. Without a desk reading, writing and referring to textbooks becomes very difficult. Not to mention the mental shift that occurs when a student sits at a desk rather than on the floor – a desk means business! It creates a space and time for concentrating and learning. Most of the students in Mukti’s schools come from poor and marginalised backgrounds. For these children, education is their chance to escape poverty.
Mukti Australia has already funded the purchase of 50 desks for the High School. Now it’s the Primary School’s turn! Mukti Australia would like to purchase 75 desk sets - at $55 per set, this means a total of $4125. Please join us in helping to give these children a front row seat in learning and a brighter future by donating the cost of a desk!
Sep 14 UPDATE:
We are no longer taking donations for this project as the funding target has been achieved.
Junior College Building
It is exciting to see the development of the Junior College to its current stage. The first group of students are in year 12 and the second group of students are in year 11. They have started to enjoy their classes. Studies are undertaken in one of three streams- arts, science and commerce.
The challenge now is to respond to the need to provide facilities for these girls to do year 12 in the next academic year and to enrol another class in each stream for year 11. There are many more girls seeking admission! To do this, it will require a second floor on the Junior College, complete with 3 additional classrooms, a library and a science laboratory. Please join us in investing in the lives of these girls, empowering them with education and skills to become contributing members of Indian society.
Update 17th Sep 2015:
The opening ceremony and dedication was held earlier this month. The new storey includes two new classrooms, several science laboratories and a library. More than mere bricks and mortar, the second storey means more disadvantaged Indian girls can receive higher levels of education, and “educating girls is a surefire way to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutritional status and health, reduce poverty, and wipe out HIV/AIDS and other diseases” (Maritza Ascencios from UNICEF). So on behalf of every girls who will in the future sit and learn in the new classrooms, conduct experiments in the new science laboratories, and study in the new library, thank you to every Australian who partnered with us to build the second storey – they now have the opportunity to create a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Renovation of Mamta Sadan (Home of Kindness)
In India, women with mental illness can experience ridicule and community ostracism. Their fates are often cruel - they may be abandoned by family members to fend for themselves or locked away in understaffed state-run institutions where they are stripped of their basic rights and human dignity. Without a home and supportive community, they are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Mukti takes in such women and offers them safety and community. The Mamta Sadan (Home of Kindness) offers shelter, food security and medical care - but more than this Mamta Sadan provides a place where the women can belong and be loved. The women of Mamta Sadan are encouraged to participate in the daily activities of Mukti and be contributing members of the community.
The Mamta Sadan is in need of renovation as it is quite an old building. The roof needs replacing so that water doesn’t seep through, the windows need new netting to keep out insects at night, the toilet area need renovating and the walls need repainting and water proofing to guard against mould. Mukti Australia is hoping that through the generous donations of Australian supporters we can give the Mamta Sadan the facelift it needs so it reflects the beauty of its precious residents!
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