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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.



• 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

  • World Leprosy Day 2023

    This is a day where we can raise awareness about this treatable and manageable disease. In December 2021 this mother arrived at MAITRI with her daughter after being rejected by her husband due to the social stigma. Her body was disfigured by severe type 2 leprosy reaction. After 5 months of intensive treatment at MAITRI […]

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    Our friends are helping us raise much needed funds for the new Director’s accommodation and office building. The current building is dangerously damaged and leaking. Our friends in Australia, including Tree of Compassion, are helping MAITRI Charitable Trust with this Chuffed fundraising campaign. If you donate on 15 November, Lhabab Duchen, the merit from your […]

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  • Fundraiser

    The drawback of the rainy season is the great care that we have to take to protect our old buildings, with particular regard to the director’s residence and office. The condition of the building is such that a new one will have to be constructed at the earliest opportunity. To this end we are setting […]

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    June-Aug 2022 News

    The last three months have witnessed a progressive transformation of the weather – from relentlessly scorching hot to humid hot to wet warm, which ushered in the monsoon season. Although rain has not been as abundant as required and much of the rice saplings have wilted, the temperature has been such that simple ceiling fans have been […]

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  • April-May 2022 News

    Intense heat, a bad accident, but MAITRI activities continue! The common feature of the two months is the searing heat that has relentlessly enveloped all of North India. Although very high temperatures are characteristic of the season, it is the fast rise of the mercury that has particularly hit people. 45C and over would be […]

    Read more April-May 2022 News

    February-March 2022 News

    Distribution of food, school reopens and stupas repainted. In both months our activities went on in full force with particular boost to the distribution of food materials to needy under-treatment patients. In fact on a monthly basis we gave food and supplements rations to 84 TB patients, baby milk powder to 80 infants, cereal powder to 24 […]

    Read more February-March 2022 News
  • Dec 2021 – Jan 2022 News

    In the last month of the year we succeeded in reaching and even exceeding the target of 1,000 blankets that we distributed to selected poorer people identified by our field workers in the entire district in addition to our direct patients from the leprosy, TB, and mother care programs. The total number of blankets is […]

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    October-November News 2021

    In October and November there occurred the two major Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Diwali, the festival of lights. Among other things both festivals require the offering of sweets. At MAITRI they were both celebrated for two days although the major event for us was certainly Diwali, when we decorated the stupas and other […]

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  • August-September News 2021

    The month of August brought the blessing of plentiful rain in an area which is traditionally water deficient, but the overabundant monsoon wreaked havoc on our garage block and on July 10 at 3:30 pm half of it collapsed. Fortunately there were no people nor animals or vehicles in that portion at that time so […]

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    June-July News 2021

    The most important feature of this period is the end of the lockdown on June 10 and the resumption of our activities in the field on June 11. The following day on Saturday we held again our Mother and Child Care clinic at MAITRI. Read more…

    Read more June-July News 2021