MAITRI Charitable Trust
MAITRI is officially registered as a charitable trust in India.Spiritual Founder: Lama Thubten Yeshe; Spiritual Director: Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.MAITRI Charitable Trust is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation for the Mahayana Tradition - FPMT.The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees.The appointed Administrator of the Trust and Director of its Centre, Adriana Ferranti, is responsible for the provision and utilization of resources, working-out and implementation of long- and short-term plans of development, and day-to-day management of the Centre and its programmes.
• To establish institutions for the prevention, treatment, care and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and other disabled persons. • To promote the educational, medical, economic and social advancement of Indians in general and the people of Bihar in particular. • To establish and maintain dispensaries, health centres and hospitals. • To establish and maintain projects for the benefit of the local community in the fields of health, nutrition, literacy and agriculture. • To establish educational institutions such as schools and colleges. • To establish and promote veterinary care programmes, establish and maintain shelters for stray animals, and promote humane treatment of animals. • To issue appeals and applications for money and funds in furtherance of stated objectives.
Bodhgaya is a town in the Northern Indian state of Bihar , which is one of the poorest, most depressed and densely populated states in India.MAITRI's headquarters are in Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha reached enlightenment 2,500 years ago.Bihar has one of the highest incidences of leprosy in India.Bihar 's literacy rate is one of the lowest in India.