Dr. Prakash Amte

DR.PRAKASH AMTE

There is everyone else who live and then there are a few who make life better for the living. And there are fewer still willing to pay a life-long price for it. Presenting the real hero – Prakash Amte. As the son of Baba Amte, a man who dedicated his entire life for the sake of lepers who were abandoned by their family or villagers, Prakash had his eyes set on doing something similar for society. When asked to choose between the comforts of the city life and working for tribals, the trained medical practitioner chose the latter. He moved to Hemalkasa in 1973 to start the Lok Biradari Prakalp (The People’s Brotherhood), a project for the integrated development of the Madia Gond, tribals in the forest of Gadchirolli district, Maharashtra which has now transformed into three things: a fully-fledged 40 bed hospital that caters to over 40000 patients annually, a residential school from 1st to 12th standard giving free education to nearly 650 tribal children, and a small sheltered enclosure to sustain orphaned babies of wild animals that houses probably one of the largest one man collection of wild animals in the country and the world at large. Dr.Prakash Amte’s tribal welfare programmes have gained international recognition for their preservation of the culture of tribals of India, who are facing extinction through modern development, exploitation and disease. Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife have toiled tirelessly under extreme hardship to help in the preservation of India’s tribals, so that he and his wife have been christened by their international admirers as the Albert Schweitzer of India, the 1952 Nobel Prize winner who discovered the treatment of tropical diseases while serving in the remotest jungles of equatorial Africa.