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MAITRI Charitable Trust

Please take a moment to learn about our work in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.
The organisation

The organisation

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.

Objectives

Objectives

• 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.

Why Bodhgaya, Bihar

Why Bodhgaya, Bihar

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.

Please rejoice in another year of essential charitable service offered through MAITRI since 1990.

Latest news

  • COVID Appeal

    Friends in Australia have launched a fundraising appeal for MAITRI. As you know, the situation in India is terrible. We have had to stop outside services during this latest lock down, except TB and Mother & Child program patients coming for weekly rations. Our inpatients and the animals still require our care, and the desperate […]

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    February-March News

    The major event of the two months was the celebration of World TB Day on March 24, on which we carried out mass health education by touring several provinces by jeep, while the teachers led the pupils of our Fulchatar school in a rally through 7 villages, population 3,038. As we had done for World […]

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  • World Leprosy Day 2021

    The stigma of leprosy is mainly due to the deformities caused by the disease. Their occurrence is not sudden and they develop through a series of untreated reactions, when finally peripheral nerves are affected and permanently damaged.

    Read more World Leprosy Day 2021

    January News

    December has been busier than this time of the year usually is. Besides reaching the goal of 1,000 blankets distributed in just 1 ½ months we also had at MAITRI 42 children selected from our Fulchatar school whom we gave warm underwear and a blanket. It was all in a very festive mood as there […]

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  • December News

    December has been busier than this time of the year usually is. Besides reaching the goal of 1,000 blankets distributed in just 1 ½ months we also had at MAITRI 42 children selected from our Fulchatar school whom we gave warm underwear and a blanket. It was all in a very festive mood as there […]

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    Support Continues

    A number of projects have been realized with the contribution of Otto Per Mille of the Waldensian Church since 2004, including MAITRI’s TB program 2020 and Mother & Child program 2021. Our sincere thanks go for this ongoing life changing support.

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  • 2020 Annual Report

    There is no real way to capture the many ‘actions of MAITRI’ over a year. Sometimes just a single grateful smile of someone who could so easily have slipped through the cracks is worth a thousand words. Still, the annual report is an important way for us to share with you what we are doing […]

    Read more 2020 Annual Report

    November News

    Read our November news in full here. The needy remain our priority. As the seasons change from monsoon to the much cooler winter, our programs also adapt. We have started the yearly blanket distribution. The MAITRI way is to identify individuals through the work of the paramedical workers in the field. Those identified will come to […]

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  • Service to humanity award

    Our most fervent wish is that we have all the funds, staff, equipment and good fortune to be able to help every individual who comes into our care and free them from suffering. We have no wish for accolades as helping others really is the most satisfying reward. However, it cannot be said that the […]

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    October news

    Please read our news update in full here. The various lockdowns, the government services’ concentration of activities on Covid 19, and the consequent fear of infection among the medical community as well, have left the poorer levels of the population with no resources to turn to in case of need. Moreover the staff in primary […]

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