6:23 PM, 04 Mar, 2019
Pune: iWGA proudly presents this year’s Jury-Life Time Achievement Awardee, Mandakini Amte. Popularly known as Manda Amte, she is a medical doctor and social worker from Maharashtra, India. She along with her husband, Dr. Prakash Amte was awarded the Raman Magsaysay Award for 'Community Leadership' in 2008 for their philanthropic work in the form of the Lok Biradari Prakalp amongst the Madia Gonds in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and the neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. She is the daughter-in-law of Baba Amte.
Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP), a project of the Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), Warora, started by the legendary social worker Baba Amte in 1973 is now ably supported by Manda Amte. MSS’s Tribal Welfare Programmes have gained international recognition for their preservation of the culture of tribals of India, who are facing extinction through modern development, exploitation, and disease.
Dr. Mandakini helps tribal women deal with their inhibitions and superstitions related to health care, while Dr. Prakash is famous for his medical work with serious injuries and illnesses. The couple has been successfully working in enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today’s India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.
Another successful program, a small shelter home for orphaned babies of wild animals has been started by Mrs. Amte at Hemalkasa to keep them safe from merciless killing. This Animal Ark – Orphanage cum Rescue Centre at Hemalkasa provides shelter to many wild and dangerous animals including panthers, bears, snakes, deer, wild boars, and crocodiles.
We, at iWGA, salute her courage and wish her all the luck and great results for further endeavors.