LOK BIRADARI PRAKALP, HEMALKASA
Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) was started on 23rd December 1973 by Baba Amte for the integrated development of the primitive tribe ‘Madia-Gonds’. The members of this tribe, residing in the deep forests of Gadchiroli district, were living the life of animals; deprived of the necessities of life, totally neglected by the rest of the world. Baba’s younger son Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte volunteered to work among the Madias.
There was no electricity and no connectivity with the outer world when both Dr. Prakash & wife Dr. Mandakini and other colleagues of theirs volunteered here to work among the Madias. Electricity came into this area in the year 1995, telephone connection on 3rd September 1998 and internet connection in November 2003. In the year 1982 a bridge was constructed to connect between Bhamragad tehsil and Hemalkasa. There was no proper road and no transport to travel from Hemalkasa to other areas. People used to travel in cycles to other areas and also to Anandwan for communicating news and to buy food grains and other necessary things. ST services started in the year 1980 and tar road was constructed in the year 1997. Hemalkasa is spread over 17 hectares of land in which hospital, school, hostel for children, playground and residences are built.
It has come a long way since its inception with the efforts Dr. Prakash Amte, Dr. Mandakini Amte, Mr. Vilas Manohar, Mr. Renuka Manohar, Mr. Jagan Machkale, Mr. Baban Panchal and all the people who volunteered to work for the development ofthe tribal people.