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Anandwan literally, Forest of happiness, located around 5 kilometers from Warora in Chandrapur district in the state of Maharashtra, India, is an ashram and a community rehabilitation centre which was mainly started for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society.[1] It was founded in 1949[2] by noted social activist Baba Amte. The project is run by the organisation Maharogi Seva Samiti,[1] and even being located one of the most backward districts of Central India -Chandrapur, has built livelihood capabilities of thousands of downtrodden people, persons with disabilities like leprosy, orthopedically handicapped, vision and hearing impaired and primitive tribal members since 1949.[3] Two of its other projects are Lok Biradari Prakalp and Somnath, a village for cured leprosy patients.

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. In addition the ashram has various home-based, small-scale industry units run by the residents that generate income to cover additional requirements.[4]

Baba Amte also shaped Anandwan as an environmentally aware community to practice energy utilization, waste recycling and minimizing use of natural resources that might otherwise lead to their depletion.[5]

Anandwan today has two hospitals, a college, an orphanage, a school for the blind, a school for the deaf and a technical wing. Dr. Vikas Amte, Baba Amte's elder son, is the chief functionary at Anandwan. He undertook various experiments in Anandwan regarding rehabilitation which have been mentioned in a book titled 'Anandwan Prayogwan'.


A book titled 'Anandwan Prayogwan' has been written by Dr. Vikas Amte which describes different experiments undertaken at Anadwan.

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In later years the samiti managing Anandwan, also added two projects under the Lok Biradari Prakalp at Somnath in Mul tehsil of Chandrapur district in 1967 and at Hemalkasa,which is looked after by Prakash and Mandakini Amte, both doctors, and their sons Digant and Aniket and their wives Anagha and Sameeksha. in Bhamragad tehsil of Gadchiroli district in 1973.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Levinson, David; Christensen, Karen S. (2003). Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. p. 725. ISBN 0-7619-2598-8.
  • D.K. Oza. (2002). Voluntary Action and Gandhian Approach. New Delhi: National Book Trust. ISBN 81-237-0142-X.
  • Hans Staffner, S.J. (2000). Baba Amte: A Vision of New India. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 81-7154-674-9.


  1. ^ a b c Rao, Madhu (30 November 2020). "Sheetal Amte, granddaughter of Baba Amte, dies by suicide in Maharashtra's Chandrapur". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  2. ^ Anandwan Archived 25 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Not just Baba Amte's granddaughter: From Anandwan to WEF's Young Global Leader, journey of Dr Sheetal Amte". Free Press Journal. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Dr. Schweitzer's Hospital Fund (UK) - Anandwan". Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  5. ^ The Miracle Worker Baba Amte - Collector's office, Chandrapur district Archived 26 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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