Episode 2: Lok Biradari Prakalp

Undeniably, every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds. One such representation is Prakash Amte, son of Baba Amte. Baba Amte was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for rehabilitation and in the empowerment of people suffering from leprosy. And for his offerings, he sure has received a number of accolades; Padma Vibhushan, Gandhi Peace Prize and the Templeton Prize to name a few. His son, Dr Prakash Amte, is a true reflection of his father. He has devoted his life towards the betterment of tribal people in Naxal infested Gadchiroli district's Hemalkasa area. His dedication and his passion towards his work was so immense that he left his MS and started Lok Biradari Prakalp in Hemalkasa, a project for the tribals (primarily Madia-Gond) in the remotest forests of Gadchiroli district in 1973.

The Madia-Gond tribe dwells in the most remote and isolated parts of the Gadchiroli district. Surrounded by deep jungles on all sides, not only did this tribe have to face the fear of wilderness but also were prone to malaria and cholera epidemics. No access to basic healthcare facilities worsened the condition for them. But Dr Amte and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte rose up to the occasion of saving them from this adversity.

Lok Biradari Prakalp has come a long way, from gaining trust to providing them with free healthcare assistance. Today, with a multi-speciality hospital, a hostel school which has created engineers and doctors and livelihood opportunities for the tribes, LBP has got the Madia-Gond into the mainstream.

Like Father, Like Son. Every good tree, maketh good fruits. Baba Amte devoted his entire life towards the betterment of people and so did his son. Only someone with a heart of gold could ever leave the comfort and convenience of city life and devote themselves to the wilderness. The entire nation can only be grateful and pleased to Dr Amte. We all will be indebted for life.

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