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Anandwan (Marathi: आनंदवन), literally, Forest of Joy, located around 5 kilometres from Warora in Chandrapur district in the state of Maharashtra, India, is an ashram, of 465 hectar land and a community rehabilitation centre which was mainly started for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society. It was founded in 1948[1] by noted social activist, Baba Amte. The project is run by the organisation 'Maharogi Seva Samiti',. Maharogi Seva Samiti's other projects are Lok Biradari Prakalp and 'Somnath Project'.

Baba Amte developed Anandwan to be a self-contained ashram (which could be described as "a kibbutz for the sick"). Today residents are self-sufficient in terms of basic subsistence through agriculture. Land fertility in the region has been revived by works of leprosy patients and is maintained by using organic farming techniques and micro-water management. In addition, the ashram has various home-based, small-scale industry units run by the residents that generate income to cover additional requirements.[2]

Baba Amte also shaped Anandwan as an environmentally aware community to have practices in place for energy utilization, waste recycling and minimizing usage of natural resources that might otherwise lead to their depletion.[3]

Anandwan today has two hospitals, a college, an orphanage, a school for the blind, a school for deaf and a technical wing. More than 5,000 people are dependent on it for their livelihood.

Dr. Vikas Amte is chief functionary at Anandwan.


Further reading[edit]

  • D.K. Oza. (2002). Voluntary Action and Gandhian Approach. New Delhi: National Book Trust. ISBN 81-237-0142-X. 

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