Residential Care at Mukti
Currently, Mukti feeds, clothes, houses and cares for over 1200 people. In a country where many are without shelter, nutrition and access to medical services, this in itself is a success story. However, Mukti does more that look after the basic necessities of life. Mukti invests in the social, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of those who live there.
Mukti children live in house families called Flower Families with house mothers who provide a loving caring environment. They receive counselling and mentoring from social workers and respected older women. Women with physical disabilities and/or visually challenged live together in communities where they are encouraged to do as much as they can for themselves. The blind ladies do their own shopping and cook meals for themselves and are very proud of this. The elderly ladies are given a companion to assist them with daily tasks such as visiting the market to keep them company.
The success of Mukti’s model of holistic care is evidenced by the fact that most residents identify Mukti as their home and the Mukti community as their family, even long after they leave Mukti to take up work or build a family of their own.
Abandoned or unwanted babies and toddlers are brought to the nursery for care. Unwed mothers bring their children, giving them up for a better life. Sometimes these babies are malnourished and must be nursed back to health. Sometimes they have been abandoned because they have a disability. Mukti seeks to find Christian parents to adopt these precious little people.
Residential Care Outside Mukti
Since 1983 Mukti Mission has provided homes in several rural areas. These homes provide local children with the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and ignorance. The homes keep children of similar languages and people groups together, preserving their cultural heritage. Currently, the homes provide shelter, education and a holistic approach to personal development for over 700 boys and girls.
Pandita Ramabai firmly believed that the education of women would pave the way for their welfare. Today, over 2000 children, three quarters of whom come from the local community, study at one of Mukti’s schools. The Sharada Sadan (Marathi Primary School), the English language primary school, the Manoramabai Memorial Girls High School, the Junior College (English & Marathi), the School for the Blind and the Special School meet a range of needs. There is also a computer academy and an Honours School for gifted students. Many girls who complete high school are sent by Mukti to study a University course of their choice.
The Mukti School for the Blind has learning facilities and specially trained teachers providing the visually impaired girls with a quality education. A number of blind girls have graduated with University degrees and some go on to other specialised schools for the blind.
The Mukti Special School provides educational opportunities for intellectually and physically disabled girls and women. This school provides the intensive teaching, physiotherapy and love that these girls need to achieve all their potential. In 2013 Mukti opened a new Special Needs School building close to the other schools so that students can feel a part of the school environment and participate with others. Under the directorship of Australian, Ingrid Ten Hoopen a Vocational Skills Programme has been introduced to teach the older students skills that will broaden their life skills such as cooking, gardening, sewing and craft projects. The hope that is in time we will be able to sell the snacks in the Lydia store, a micro loan project operated by one of the residents.
A Vocational School aims to teach tailoring and crafts to provide women with skills that can be used to generate an income. Currently about 40 girls are producing bags, jewellery and candles. The girls receive an income from the sale of these goods, moving one step closer to becoming self sufficient.
The Krishnabai Memorial Preventive Care Unit is a 30 bed facility which provides basic medical care for both Mukti residents and the surrounding community. The Sunshine Nursing Home provides care for the elderly and infirm women who can no longer care for themselves. The Dental Clinic provides dental care and a Mobile Medical Unit visits local villages regularly, providing public health education and primary care. Currently Mukti is distributing Vitamin A to children under 5 in local villages. Vitamin A Deficiency can lead to blindness and increased infant mortality due to reduced immunity.
The farm supplies Mukti with fresh produce and the small dairy herd keeps the residents supplied with milk. Cash crops such as sugar cane, wheat and maize are grown and sold to provide Mukti with an income. This is an area in which Mukti New Zealand has taken a particular interest. Many visitors have willingly given their expertise to assist in developing the farm and the dairy herd. We have contributed to the purchase of a tractor, increased the herd, donated a seed drill and worked on the irrigation system.
A part of Mukti’s property was lying devastated for many years, passers-by used if for short-cuts, their morning ablutions and for litter. Today, this land has a beautiful boundary wall to safeguard the land and Mukti will use the land to the fullest.