The Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) was started on 23rd December 1973 by Baba Amte for
the integrated development of the primitive tribe 'Madia-Gonds' in the Gadchiroli district
The 'Madia-Gond' tribe lives in remote parts of the district, deep in the forests. Apart from the dangers of living in the wild, where animal attacks are very common, malaria and cholera epidemics were also a frequent occurrence. The Madia-Gonds did not have access to basic healthcare facilities which made the situation even worse.
Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte volunteered to
work among the Madias. Gradually building trust with the tribe
and providing free healthcare assistance and basic education to
their children, Lok Biradari Prakalp has come a long way.
Today, with a multi-speciality hospital, a hostel school which has created engineers and doctors and livelihood opportunities for the tribes, LBP has got the Madia-Gonds into the mainstream.
For their efforts for the Madia-Gonds, Dr. Prakash Amte and Dr. Mandakini Amte were honoured with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2008. We will continue to work towards successfully implementing all our initiatives and developing and creating new ways to improve lives!