Dr. Prakash Amte – Saviour of a community on the verge of extinction

Dr. Prakash Baba Amte was destined to serve others. The son of renowned humanitarian, Murlidhar Devidas Amte, he grew up in an ashram and rehabilitation centre founded by his father for leprosy patients in Anandwan, Maharashtra. He later went on to become a social worker and doctor.

普拉克什·巴巴·阿密特博士被上帝指派要為他人服務。作為著名慈善家慕立達·迪維達斯·阿密特的兒子,他的成長環境就是一間修行和康復中心,是他父親為馬哈拉施特拉邦阿那德灣地區的麻風病人開辦的。之後他成為社工和醫生。

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In 1974 Dr. Prakash and his wife Dr. Mandakini took over a project initiated by his father to help the Madia Gonds, a primitive community based in the forests of Eastern Maharashtra. Isolated from the rest of the world, the Madia lacked the basic necessities we take for granted including clothing, education and medical care. Malnutrition, disease and suffering were part of their everyday lives.

1974年普拉克什博士和太太曼達科尼博士接手了他父親發起的一個項目,援助馬迪亞部落,東馬哈拉施特拉邦一個坐落在森林裡的原始部落。由於與世隔絕,馬迪亞缺少衣物,教育,醫療護理等這些在我們看來稀鬆平常的設施。營養不良和罹患疾病在他們當中非常常見。

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Although the conditions were daunting, Dr Prakash and his wife bravely volunteered to work among the Madia, swapping the comforts of home for a door-less hut with no electricity or water. Nearby they constructed a small cottage hospital where they would treat patients and perform lifesaving surgeries. Initially the community were suspicious of the newcomers, but it wasn’t long before the Amtes would earn their trust thanks to their unwavering guidance, care and support.

雖然情況格外嚴峻,普拉克什博士還是和太太勇敢地志願進入馬迪亞,捨棄家中舒適的環境,來到一個沒有電也沒有水甚至沒有門的房子。在住處的附近,他們建起一間小型帳篷式醫院,可以進行外科手術和為病人治療護理。剛開始,部落的人還懷疑他們倆,但不久他們就因為不可動搖的幫扶信念取得了當地人的信任。

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Four decades later and their project, known as Lok Biradari Prakalp, has evolved to include a hospital, residential school and orphanage for injured wild animals.  The hospital and its four doctors (including Dr Prakash’s son) treat 40,000 patients a year free of charge while the school provides free education to over 600 students, among them the Madia’s first generation of doctors, lawyers, teachers, officials, office workers and police.

四十年後,他們的項目“Lok Biradari Prakalp”發展成為包括醫院,寄宿學校和受傷野生動物收容所的綜合性服務站。其中醫院以及四個醫生(包括普拉克什博士的兒子)每年為40,000病人提供免費醫療,學校向600名學生提供免費教育,在他們中間產生了馬迪亞的第一代醫生,律師,教師,官員,寫字樓工作者和警察。

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Some of the awards bestowed upon Dr. Prakash include The Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in 2014 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2008.

普拉克什博士曾被授予許多獎項,包括2014年的德蘭修女社會公義獎和2008年的拉蒙馬格賽賽獎。

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Dr. Prakash Amte is one of the finalists in THE ONE 2016. He has received US$50,000 prize money which will be used to further his humanitarian project. Click here for more photos of the Award Ceremony.

普拉克什·阿密特博士入圍2016年THE ONE無名英雄獎。被贈予的五萬美元獎金將用於他的人道主義項目中去。點擊此處查看更多頒獎晚會圖片。

Click to view other finalists of THE ONE 2016:

點擊下圖查看2016年THE ONE其他入圍者:

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