What is Mukti? Is it a large, Christian, multi-faceted, social institution? YES!
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well’ ...but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:15-17
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Matt. 16:25
Mukti marries the physical and spiritual as modeled for us. We rescue those most vulnerable, provide the practicals needed for survival, and then seek to empower them.
Abandoned, hurting, poverty-stricken children are the heartbeat of Mukti’s ministry. We provide shelter, nurture, education and aspiration for a more fulfilling life on earth and opportunity for spiritual empowerment.
Hopeless women—discarded, abused and disgraced—find an open gate at Mukti. Given a safe haven, they receive the necessities of life, counseling, training and education that hopefully will lead to empowerment. The elderly, mentally disturbed, blind and specially needy find a caring home in Mukti as well.
In 1889 an educated Indian woman, Pandita Ramabai, started a unique outreach to India’s women and children. She developed an evangelical faith mission with Christ-centered ministries that continues today.
Precious children find hope in loving homes. They get clean clothes, nourishing food, loving care, and education while hearing about hope for eternity. Although they may have started their lives in poverty and/or abusive situations, when they come to Mukti they learn that they are valuable and God has a purpose for them.
Do you know that families pay for school in India? If your earnings are barely enough for food and shelter, how can you send your kids to school? Children with little or no education grow into adults without skills to provide for their own. So this pattern of poverty is passed from generation to generation.
When kids get to Mukti’s main campus they’re evaluated and enrolled in the school where they fit best. Many start in the Primary School regardless of their age. They’re taught up to 4th grade in the language spoken in the state of Maharashtra, Marathi, and then move on to Mukti’s Marathi High School.
The kids who show signs of ability to learn in English are enrolled in the English Medium School where they attend to 10th grade. Speaking English is a plus in India’s society so the children who start their education in an English school definitely have an advantage.
All of our schools have computer learning classes at Mukti’s fully-functional Computer Academy. Modern equipment is used to teach them competitive skills for today’s marketplace.
We also have job training classes for those who aren’t able to pass 10th grade. Here they learn skills to help become self-supporting.
Some of Mukti’s kids come to us with special needs. The physically and mentally challenged are taught to the best of their abilities and learn skills through our special needs schools. Although not all are able to go out into society, many of them get gainful employment.
About 2,000 children attend Mukti’s schools.
Besides the main facility, hundreds more children are guided through our Orchard Projects. Children from remote villages and urban slums live in our homes with Mukti staff parents who guide them. They go to public schools. Some of our girls and boys are the first in their families to receive an education.
Mukti empowers poor villagers through various Community Development Projects (CDP). Adults in villages attend tailoring classes or “how to raise goats” conducted in the village to help increase their standard of living. Village care centers are open before and after school so parents can work without worrying about what the children are doing. The kids eat at the care centers and do their homework while their parents work. What a joy to see the smiling faces on parents and kids!