Animal Orphanage
Dr. Prakash Murudhar Amte, son of Baba Amte, runs a hospital in Hemalkasa, Gadchiroli District of Maharahtra which caters to 40,000 patients a year from nearby villages.

But for Amte, practising medicine among Madia tribals is more than a vocation. The doctor has also made a considerable difference to the eating habits of tribals by inculcating in them a sense of compassion for animals.

The physician's compassion for animals has taken the shape of an orphanage that houses leopards, a lion, otters, boars, bears, cobras, kraits, hyenas, civet cats, crocodiles and wild cats among others. "The tribals considered animals as either food or enemy. I slowly explained to them that neither was true." He elaborates. "If you love wild animals, they will not hurt you." He vouches.

Website on Dr.Prakash Amte's Lok Biradari Prakalp-A Tribal Development Project.

www.lokbiradariprakalp.org

Prakash and Mandakini Amte received the Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2008.


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