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Preface: About MUKTI

MUKTI is a non-profit, socio-economic development organization operating in the Sunderban and other parts of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. Its mission is to uplift grassroots communities facing poverty, social exclusion, and various forms of discrimination. Since its establishment in 2003, MUKTI has been dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable people, particularly those in the last miles, affected by penury and hazardous livelihoods resulting from naval disasters and cyclical cyclones in the delta region.

MUKTI focuses on working for the ethnic minority race, including Dalits, Scheduled Castes, and Tribals, who endure extreme discrimination in disaster-prone communities such as Mathurapur I & II, Namkhana, Sagar, Kakdwip, Goshaba, and Pathar Pratima Block of South 24 Parganas. Disasters, storms, and cyclones render the livelihoods of this disadvantaged section completely affected and extremely vulnerable. Discrimination leads to severe deprivation and the abuse of their rights, making them victims of appalling violence. Women and children, in particular, are subjected to violence, including false marriages, illicit trafficking, and sexual and physical abuse, placing them at a higher risk of HIV/AIDS.

MUKTI is actively working for one million extremely poor individuals from Dalit, Adibashi, and untouchable/scheduled caste communities in the coastal and Sundarban regions. In these delta areas, where 95% of the population is in extreme poverty, sustained by famine, and subjected to extreme vulnerability due to race and caste discrimination, MUKTI strives to address their rights and opportunities. Their inherent occupations, such as labor selling, fishing, fair wood collection from Sundarban forests, hunting, shoe making, sweeping, and sewerage cleaning, further contribute to discrimination and deprive them of rights-based services.

The communities face penury due to resource dearth caused by disasters and cyclones in the delta region. A staggering 95% of people in this section are illiterate and lack access to rights-based services, including education, services, and resources. Unemployment is at 90%, resulting in penurious livelihoods and extreme vulnerability. Moreover, 80% of women and 75% of girls experience violence due to double discrimination based on race/caste and economic disempowerment.

Discrimination further denies them rights-based services, including legal rights, social justice, social security, and safety nets. The children, constituting 90% of the section, are completely uneducated due to discrimination based on race and language, denying them access to coeducation with majority-race children.

Due to an incommunicable context from the service catchment area caused by recurring disasters and cyclones, these communities are left out of the development mainstream. Public sector service institutions are not instrumental in providing services to this section as Dalit, tribal, and scheduled caste people lack social and political space and are stereotyped as untouchable sections. These communities face extreme health hazards, with 85% of the population, especially women and children, undergoing insanitation due to a dearth of safe drinking water in coastal regions. Lack of access to health services exacerbates hazardous livelihoods, leading to dire consequences, including death.

In the face of hardship, the marginalization process, and the sufferings and exploitations endured by the Adibashi or tribal, Dalit, and Scheduled Caste communities, a group of inspired and dedicated individuals emerged, driven by fervent efforts to establish MUKTI. Under the dynamic and experienced leadership of President Mr. Sankar Halder, this initiative aimed to address the challenges faced by these marginalized groups. Mr. Halder invested sincere and active efforts in shaping MUKTI into a socio-economic development organization dedicated to the betterment and empowerment of the downtrodden.

The Idea behind the Formation of MUKTI

Born and raised in a small village in India’s Sundarban, Sankar Halder developed a deep sense of empathy and compassion for the underprivileged at a young age. In 2003, he founded the nonprofit organization MUKTI, at Sundarbans with a few young energetic persons, which has since become a leading force in promoting sustainable development and empowering marginalized women of West Bengal. The organization has since expanded its reach in other parts of the world as well. He established MUKTI in many countries wherever he visited by motivating people from the respective locals. The Organization is functional in Australia, Shanghai, USA, and India with 300+ part-time and full-time employees and 950+ volunteers. He is a social architect who designed innovative solutions for many problems and implemented them through MUKTI. Visionary Sankar is motivating many professionals to work for the betterment of society.

The Early Years: 2003-2005

In 2003, MUKTI was founded in Purbasridharpur of Raidighi in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. The organization was established to facilitate collective efforts and institutionalize support for the uplift, rights, and empowerment of these marginalized sections. Since its inception, MUKTI has been engaged in a range of development activities, leveraging its institutional capacity in governance, accountable management, human resources development, financial management, external relationships, program delivery, institutional sustainability, program design, monitoring, and evaluation. This institutional strength enables MUKTI to initiate rights-based and demand-driven activities in favor of the downtrodden and disadvantaged sections.

In the course of its programs, MUKTI has demonstrated outstanding expertise in institution development and capacity building, social mobilization, skills development, and policy debates. These efforts contribute to a progressive elimination of challenges faced by the targeted sections, fostering positive change in their favor.

In 2005, MUKTI attained registration as a non-profit socio-economic development trust under the Government of India Trust Act 1882, section 64 (Reg. No. IV-104), dated 9th March 2005.

During this year, MUKTI initiated its inaugural project, the Book Bank, within the Education portfolio, aspiring to make education accessible to all. This project was funded by Asha for Education in the USA. The Book Bank project provided support to approximately 2000 students in the Sundarbans by providing textbooks that were otherwise unavailable at that time.

MUKTI also conducted a workshop cum training session during its first Annual General Meeting, engaging more than 200 volunteers. The sessions covered various aspects of health, education, culture, economy, and ecology. Experienced social workers from other NGOs shared insights on managing need-based social projects, aiming to enhance awareness and the importance of social service among the youth in surrounding villages.

In the same year, MUKTI initiated two additional projects: the Talented Students Sponsorship (TSS) to support gifted but underprivileged students in pursuing higher education, and a low-cost sanitation project with the assistance of the Association of India’s Development (AID) in the USA. MUKTI successfully sponsored 80 talented yet needy students during this period.

Initial Focus: Education and Livelihood

In August 2006, MUKTI provided support to more than 200 families with relief materials during a devastating flood resulting from heavy rainfall in the Sundarban area. During the same year, MUKTI established four MUKTI Support schools (referred to as ‘MUKTI Coaching Centers’ at that time) in the Nagendrapur area of Raidighi, Sundarban. This initiative aimed to offer quality education, addressing the challenge posed by the low teacher-to-student ratio (approximately one teacher per 150 students).

In the subsequent years of 2007-2008, MUKTI initiated the Coconut Plantation project across various parts of West Bengal. This project significantly impacted the livelihoods and ecology of West Bengal. MUKTI ventured into a new chapter in the USA, aided by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. The Talented Students Sponsorship (TSS) program demonstrated its continued importance and expanded to Bankura, receiving positive responses from teachers and students in the area. During this period, an additional 60 students were supported through the Talented Students Sponsorship (TSS) project.

MUKTI introduced the Book Bank project in Bankura and successfully launched a career guide campaign in Sundarban for financially challenged yet academically meritorious students, which gained widespread popularity. The coaching center program in Sundarban continued for the third successive year, expanding with the recruitment of 1000 students and 24 teachers in four new centers.

The Independence Day of 2008 marked a significant milestone in MUKTI’s battle against illiteracy, as a public library dedicated to the local needy was inaugurated in Nagendrapur of the Sunderbans delta. MUKTI remains steadfast in its commitment to lead the charge against illiteracy, ensuring that no child is left behind.

The Central Government of India played a pivotal role by providing financial support to the Coconut Plantation project. This was noteworthy as it marked the first instance of the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) backing a project sponsored by an NGO in West Bengal. Moreover, it stood out as the largest project ever sponsored by MUKTI. Asha-USA extended its assistance to materialize the vocational training project.

This year, 113 students from the remotest parts of Sundarbans, Hoogly, and Bankura were awarded the Talented Students Scholarship (TSS). On September 21, 2008, the computer lab for the Village Computer Literacy Program (VCLP) project was inaugurated at Kashinagar High School in Kakdwip, equipped with 4 computers, and at Guptipara, Hooghly, with 12 computers, generously donated by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS).

The year 2008 proved remarkable as MUKTI restructured its Mission and Vision statement to align with the needs of society. MUKTI significantly expanded its work radius and volunteer engagement, establishing two chapters outside India in the USA and UK, and eight different chapters within India.

Sundarbans, the Victim of Modern Life

From MUKTI’s perspective, regrettably, the year 2009-10 will be remembered as ‘the year of Aila,’ the cyclone that wreaked havoc on the coastal South and North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal on May 25, 2009. The cyclone washed away a land area as vast as 250-350 km in diameter, flooding most of the Sundarbans and leaving 1,000,000 helpless individuals with little or no access to food, safe drinking water, shelter, or medicine. MUKTI promptly joined the disaster relief effort, engaging in both immediate relief and rehabilitation programs. MUKTI provided essential relief items such as cooked or dry food, water, shelter, utensils, mosquito nets, and medical camps. This was followed by long-term rehabilitation initiatives, including the organic agriculture movement to restore land fertility and the community kitchen program, offering support to those facing a famine-like situation.

In short, MUKTI supplied all the essentials to prevent further human fallout, a common consequence of catastrophic disasters of Aila’s magnitude. MUKTI launched the GrEEN project (Green Energy for Ecology and Nature) to address global warming and climate change by promoting solar and other renewable energy sources. This involved distributing Solar Lamps among the villagers of Sundarban in collaboration with organizations like TERI (The Energy Research Institute led by Dr. R K Pachauri), Cosmos Ignite of Delhi, and One Million Lights of the USA.

The year 2009-10 will also be recognized for MUKTI’s family growth, with the establishment of a new chapter in Doha, Qatar. MUKTI continued its well-known and appreciated projects such as the Book Bank, Coaching program, Village Computer Literacy Program (VCLP), Talented Student Sponsorship (TSS), and other initiatives on an even larger scale than before. This was made possible with significant help and support from over 500 volunteers and 11 collaborating organizations worldwide.

On December 7, 2009, a rally named Save the Sundarbans was conducted from Victoria Memorial Gate to Netaji Indoor Stadium. This rally aimed not only to voice opposition to global warming but also to raise awareness about its fatal impact on the delta region of Sunderban. Nearly 30,000 people, including environmental activists, journalists, common citizens, and school students from different regions, participated in this impactful event.

Redefining the Future with Learning of the Past

After the devastating impact of Cyclone Aila, a significant portion of agricultural land in the Sundarban region became infertile. In response to this challenge, MUKTI collaborated with TOFM (Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers Movement), DRCSC (Development Research Community Service Centre), and AID (Association of India’s Development) to implement an organic agriculture project in 2009. The project specifically targeted the Sunderban Delta, with a focus on areas like Raidighi in Kankandighi gram panchayats, aiming to enhance farmers’ knowledge about organic agriculture principles.

Three activities were implemented as part of the organic agriculture project. However, a notable bottleneck was encountered due to a shortage of trained manpower. To address this issue, a proposal was put forth to organize a Training of Trainers (TOT) program. The program aimed to train key stakeholders, particularly those with institutional infrastructural facilities and adequate human resources capable of imparting training programs in organic agriculture.

Aligned with the government’s declaration, August 21st was officially designated as Sundarban Day (Dibas). In collaboration with the Sundarban Development Authority (Unnayan Parishad), MUKTI organized a significant gathering for meetings and awareness programs as part of the Sundarban Day celebrations on August 21st, 2010.

Nation Building: Women’s Empowerment

The year 2011 marked another significant milestone for MUKTI as it initiated new projects, including the Right-to-Information (RTI) initiatives aimed at assisting underprivileged individuals in the Sundarbans to access crucial information from the government and advocate for their rights. The project commenced with two supervisors and 17 trained RTI friends, effectively empowering many impoverished residents of Sundarban to secure the facilities they rightfully deserved from the government.

In line with the fundamental concept of microfinance, MUKTI established the Sayambhar Gosti in September 2011. This initiative involved the formation of 23 Self-Help Groups comprising over 250 women from various villages. MUKTI provided free career-oriented training to these groups, enabling them to explore new avenues for earning. Initially, interest-free loans were extended to the members of these groups to support their causes.

After a year of implementing organic agriculture, it was observed that the adoption of the organic fertilizer process, post the ‘Aila’ cyclone, resulted in a 15% increase in cultivation in comparison to fields using chemical fertilizers. Building on this success, 400 farmers from four Gram Panchayats formed self-sustained groups, each led by a leader and subject-matter expert. These groups worked collaboratively to develop a value chain, advocate for the benefits of organic farming, establish linkages, and spread awareness among villagers within a 30 km radius of Sundarban.

In the year 2012, MUKTI achieved a multitude of milestones. The organization provided support to approximately 5,500 students in Sunderban through the Book Bank Project, ensuring access to essential educational materials. Microcredit financing was extended to around 1,100 women members of Self Help Groups (SHG) through the MUKTI Community Development Fund (MCDF) project, enabling them to pursue livelihood opportunities and support their families.

In the realm of agriculture, MUKTI played a pivotal role in educating more than 500 farmers about organic farming practices. Additionally, approximately 1,050 school students enrolled in MUKTI’s coaching centers, aiming to enhance their knowledge and achieve better academic results. The Talented Students Sponsorship (TSS) project sponsored 70 underprivileged students, enabling them to continue their higher education. Furthermore, 230 students attended special coaching centers, providing additional support to their academic endeavors.

MUKTI’s commitment to environmental sustainability was evident as 200,000 saplings of fruits, wood, and coconut were planted in Sunderban, contributing to the region’s ecological well-being. In the domain of civic awareness, residents of two Gram Panchayats were educated about the Right to Information (RTI) Act, promoting transparency and accountability.

International collaboration also emerged in 2012 with the formation of the MUKTI Australia chapter, which has continued to support MUKTI as a funding organization to the present day. This collaboration has further enhanced MUKTI’s capacity to fulfill its mission and make a positive impact on the communities it serves.

Alignment of Programs: HEALER to Society

In 2013, MUKTI initiated the year with a revision of its mission statement, aligning it with the easily understood English word “HEALER,” symbolizing Health, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Environment, and Rights. This strategic realignment marked a significant expansion of MUKTI’s operations across these six verticals, showcasing remarkable on-the-ground work.

Simultaneously, MUKTI embarked on creating a platform or forum where individuals could freely contribute their time and expertise to address social issues. The organization also actively promoted one of its core principles: the engagement of common people in decision-making through the participatory method. At the village level, a “Core Committee” was formed to make necessary decisions, collect development requirements, and oversee development work.

The year proved remarkable, with 230 Self-Help Group women members receiving loans for personal or family needs. Notably, 53 of these members achieved financial independence by establishing their businesses. In the realm of agriculture, MUKTI organized 43 marginal farmers’ groups, including 24 existing and 19 new groups, focusing on climate-resilient rice production, vegetable cultivation, green manuring, and vermicomposting practices. The establishment of a farmers’ forum called MOFA facilitated the oversight of group-based activities.

The project covered 852 marginal farmers from 15 communities in Nagendrapur and Kankandighi GP, offering training on soil testing, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic farming, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for rice cultivation, and fish culture. Additionally, 150 group meetings, 16 MOFA meetings, 3 market linkage meetings, and 2 AID meetings were organized during the year. A seminar in Kolkata on IPM and organic farming, along with mass awareness campaigns through wall writings in Nagendrapur and Kankandighi GP, further highlighted MUKTI’s commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.

Year of Expansion: Spread the Good Works

In 2014, MUKTI experienced significant growth in every sector, expanding its reach for societal development. The organization also witnessed a substantial increase in its volunteer base. While MUKTI remains driven by its commitment to service rather than awards, it garnered several accolades, including the ‘Vivek Samman’ Award by ‘Vivek Pathe.’ Additionally, MUKTI’s farmer, Pintu Purkait, received the prestigious ‘Krishak Ratna’ award from the Government of West Bengal for his outstanding contributions to organic farming in Sundarban.

Inception of MUKTI Fresh

In a pioneering move, MUKTI opened the first fresh organic vegetable store in Narendrapur, Kolkata in 2014, aimed at supporting farmers in Sundarban who had been practicing organic agriculture for several years. MUKTI Fresh started operations as the first independent organization as part of the MUKTI Community Business (MCB) concept. 

The year 2015 marked a new initiative for MUKTI called “Melay MUKTI,” a unique fair held in a remote terrain to showcase development work to villagers and raise awareness. The organization also redesigned its website in alignment with its work and philosophy. During this year, MUKTI provided support to 15,000 students in Sundarban with new textbooks and sponsored 89 talented but needy students for higher education. The count of students in MUKTI’s Coaching Centers surpassed 1000, and the number of Self-Help Group (SHG) women exceeded 1300.

Notably, in the winter of 2015, MUKTI’s farmers achieved a remarkable milestone by producing over 17,000 kg of organic vegetables within four months. This accomplishment underscored the success of MUKTI’s commitment to sustainable and organic farming practices.

Start of Vocational Education

The year 2015-16 will be remembered as the start of an important project called MUKTI Institute of Technology (MIT) to provide technical training, namely electrical wiring and motor winding, computer operation, etc.

Building on the success of the MUKTI Community Development Fund (MCDF) in the previous year, the model was expanded in 2016 to six new locations. The total number of Self-Help Group (SHG) groups now exceeds 300, involving around 5,000 women. MUKTI introduced new training programs such as Incense Stick Making, Food Processing, Soft Toy Making, Exotic Bird Breeding, etc., which proved highly successful in establishing new women entrepreneurs in Sundarbans.

TISS Recognization

In this period, MUKTI achieved registration and recognition from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), showcasing the organization’s commitment to social development and impact. Furthermore, at the beginning of 2017, MUKTI Fresh actively participated in the “Organic Agriculture Fair” organized by the Government of West Bengal, solidifying its position as one of the pioneer organizations in organic farming in the region.


Introspect, Realign, and Continuous Improvement

In 2018, MUKTI embarked on a journey of self-reflection and redefinition. The year served as an opportunity to retrospect on the organization’s achievements over more than a decade and identify areas for improvement. After a comprehensive analysis, the core team identified three key focus areas for the year: Finance Management, Sustainability through Volunteer Engagement, and Effective Communication. MUKTI implemented various notable initiatives to address these key areas.

As part of the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (SAM), MUKTI established the Seed Bank to safeguard local seeds of indigenous varieties. These collected seeds are cultivated and then distributed to organic farmers, contributing to the preservation of local agricultural biodiversity.

Creating Jobs Through Sustainable Community Business Model

In the same year, MUKTI launched three new MUKTI Community Businesses, namely MUKTI Craft, aimed at selling products made by Self Help Group women; Muktodhara, dedicated to supplying safe drinking water in Sundarban; and MUKTI Kitchen, designed to provide homemade healthy and hygienic organic dishes to the people of Kolkata. These initiatives demonstrated MUKTI’s commitment to sustainability, community empowerment, and innovative business models.

In 2019, MUKTI organized The Sundarban MUKTI Exhibition at Raidighi, South 24 Parganas, Wes Bengal. First-time MUKTI Self-Help Group women participated in the Handloom Exhibition at Ecospace, Kolkata. MUKTI Institute of Technology (MIT) received ISO 9001 certification. 103 MUKTI farmers entered into the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of the Government of India. PGS is the quality assurance system for organic vegetables. 

Year of Cyclone: Multifold Challenges to Society

In the challenging year of 2020-21, MUKTI undertook relentless efforts despite facing numerous adversities. The period was marked by significant challenges, including the impact of consecutive cyclones, Bulbul and Amphan, coupled with the global pandemic. The Sundarbans region bore the brunt of these disasters, resulting in widespread devastation, rendering a large section of the population homeless, jobless, and food insecure.

In the wake of the destructive cyclones Bulbul and Amphan, and amidst the nationwide lockdown due to the global pandemic, MUKTI’s dedicated team was on the ground, providing immediate support to the homeless population of the Sundarbans. Despite facing these challenges, MUKTI launched the HelloBeta initiative to supply essential materials to senior citizens in Kolkata during the pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the MUKTI HelloBeta initiative played a crucial role in distributing more than 1200 oxygen concentrators across various parts of West Bengal, saving hundreds of lives. MUKTI also supported government Public Health Centers (PHCs) by providing almost 1,170 oxygen concentrators to 615 PHCs free of cost. The MUKTI Cloud Kitchen served over 10,000 free meals to senior citizens during this challenging period.

In February 2021, MUKTI initiated the Swavalamban Accelerator in Sundarbans (SWAS) with the support of SIDB, providing livelihood training kits to women in the Sundarbans. Additionally, MUKTI undertook the construction of a model village in 2020, creating an ideal environment in a rural area. This initiative not only provided livelihood opportunities for the villagers but also engaged them in various activities through a “food for work” program.

Innovation and Research

A noteworthy innovation from MUKTI was the creation of Cyclone and Flood-resistant small houses in response to the frequent cyclones and floods in the Sundarbans. This initiative aimed to provide a resilient shelter solution, helping villagers protect themselves from the recurrent natural disasters in the region.

New Challenge with Post-Pandemic Era

The year 2021-22, anticipated as a period of recovery from the pandemic, unfortunately, proved to be even more devastating with the onset of the second wave of COVID-19. Throughout this challenging time, MUKTI experienced significant support from abroad, particularly from the USA, where Indian communities rallied to stand behind the people of West Bengal during this critical era of the pandemic. Over 80 organizations from the USA formed partnerships with MUKTI, contributing to pivotal changes in society. In November 2021, MUKTI achieved recognition as the number one NGO in India for its remarkable work in the field of climate-resilient sustainable agriculture and organic farming, as acknowledged by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

The year 2022 emerged as another remarkable chapter for MUKTI, witnessing a significant expansion of its work with more than 40 simultaneous projects. The organization refined its mission statement once again to align with the evolving needs of society. HEALER AID was adopted as the program area definition, with each letter representing Health, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Environment, Rights, Awareness, Integrated Development, and Disaster Recovery. This year also marked prestigious recognitions, including the attainment of Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, listing on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), and the honor of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Social Impact Award 2023 in the Environment and Livelihood categories. This year MUKTI also started its flagship project of natural Green Defense at the river embarkment and planted millions of plants that can support local livelihood.

In summary, MUKTI’s journey continues, impacting 10 lakh beneficiaries with growing numbers every day, driven by the dream of creating a better and sustainable place for future generations.

Beneficiary Spectrum

MUKTI, a non-profit socio-economic organization, has been operating in the Delta region of Sundarbans (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and other parts of West Bengal, India since 2003, making a positive impact on over 10 lakhs+ beneficiaries, covering approximately 1.5 lakhs+ households. This includes 30,000+ Self-Help Group (SHG) women and 4500+ underprivileged children on an annual basis. The organization is dedicated to working in the environmental sector by fortifying river embankments. To date, MUKTI has planted more than 60 million trees. Additionally, the organization has provided medical care to over 2 lakh patients through various medical camps, supported local livelihoods, and empowered over 11,000 farmers to engage in organic farming practices.

All these initiatives are carried out through our nine unique and distinctive program areas, encapsulated under the acronym HEALER-AID:

  • H: Health, Water & Sanitation
  • E: Education and Enrichment
  • A: Agriculture Reform
  • L: Livelihood and Enablement
  • E: Environment and Resilience
  • R: Rights & Special Needs
  • A: Awareness & Empowerment
  • I: Integrated Development
  • D: Disaster Relief

Timeline View of MUKTI’s Journey

The table provides a condensed view of the key events and achievements in MUKTI’s journey.

Year Key Events and Achievements
2003 MUKTI was founded in Purbasridharpur, Sundarbans, West Bengal, India.
2005 Attained registration as a non-profit socio-economic development trust. Initiated Book Bank, Talented Students Sponsorship (TSS), and low-cost sanitation projects.
2006-2008 Provided flood relief in 2006. Expanded educational initiatives and coconut plantation projects. Initiated projects in the USA and Bankura. Established a public library in Nagendrapur in 2008. Expanded globally with chapters in the USA and UK.
2009-2010 Responded to Cyclone Aila with disaster relief and rehabilitation. Launched the GrEEN project. Expanded to Doha, Qatar.
2011 Started Right-to-Information (RTI) initiatives. Established Sayambhar Gosti for microfinance. Initiated projects for women’s empowerment.
2012 Expanded globally with MUKTI Australia. Achieved milestones in education, agriculture, and environmental sustainability.
2013 Revised mission statement to align with HEALER. Emphasized health, education, agriculture, livelihood, environment, and rights.
2014 Expanded operations and received awards. Launched MUKTI Fresh, a community business. Introduced “Melay MUKTI” fair.
2015-2016 Started MUKTI Institute of Technology (MIT). Expanded MUKTI Community Development Fund (MCDF). Achieved ISO 9001 certification for MIT.
2018 Focused on finance management, sustainability, and effective communication. Established a Seed Bank for local seeds. Launched MUKTI Community Businesses.
2019 Organized Sundarban MUKTI Exhibition. MIT received ISO 9001 certification. Entered Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for organic vegetables.
2020 Faced challenges from cyclones, Bulbul and Amphan, and the global pandemic. Launched HelloBeta initiative. Provided relief and support during the pandemic. Initiated Swavalamban Accelerator in Sundarbans (SWAS).
2021 Recognized as the number one NGO in India by FICCI. Expanded work with over 40 simultaneous projects. Refined mission statement to HEALER AID. Achieved Special Consultative Status by ECOSOC.
2022 Listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Received ICC Social Impact Award 2023. Started flagship project of natural Green Defense.