The village of Kedgaon is becoming a popular area, with much development occurring. For a long time is has been a concern that the land belonging to Mukti must be fenced and secured properly. Last year a 1km long Dongre Vasti compound wall was constructed on the boundary of Mukti’s property near Pune. The wall is designed to protect the property from encroachers and ensure the safety and security of the girls and women who live there. Indian law allows encroachers to become owners after a set period of time so it was vital to protect the 6.4 hectares from encroachers from the village and elsewhere. Without the wall this valuable asset could have been lost.
Thanks to a very generous bequest, New Zealand was able to be a part of this massive project, along with Australia. What a thrill it was for the NZ Council to see the wall which is a kilometre long completed. Carol Bagrie was honoured to represent the NZ Council at the inauguration early in November. Carol is from Devonport and was spending six months working at Mukti.