The Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) was established in 1945 as a result of a national endeavour, led by Mahatma Gandhi to address the issues of women in rural India.
With the backdrop of India’s Freedom Struggle, KGNMT was founded by eminent people with collective effort of multiple anonymous masses at Kasturbagram (Indore). The KGNMT extending its various services and activities has spread its wings through 22 branches all over the country. Eminent people Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Vallab Bhai Patel, Sri Thakkar Bapa, Dada sahib Mavlankar, Smt Prem Leela Thakarasi, Smt Laxmi.N.Menon, Sushri Maniben Patel and Dr Sushila Nayar have been the chairpersons of the Trust.
Mahatma Gandhi’s universal & timeless vision of Sarvodaya finds its best practical expression in the Kasturba Trust as “SARVODAYA” is re-awakening of the spirit in harmony with nature and environment for all forms of life.
Women and children are the backbone for our society. Constructive work among woemen and children is a primary and essential requirement for process of nation building as envisaged in “SARVODAYA”.
“KGNMT” is marching ahead with Gandhiji’s vision to strengthen women power and substantiating the empowerment creating adequate support to millions of women.
The 22 State Branches with more than 500 centres are spread through out India. Some centres are reaching out to needy Women and Children in remote villages.
The KGNMT at Hydersha kote, Hyderabad is one of the Branches set up by the KGNMT and is extending great help to destitude women and children
Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1945 with head office based at Indore and 22 branches across India. Each of these centers work towards various social/cultural/health/education and livelihood activities for women empowerment and child welfare.
Our center in Hydershakote, Hyderabad was established with focus on improving the health & education of rural women and children living in the villages in and around hyderabad & Ranga Reddy district.
Initially, the KGNM Trust hydershakote center started with a primary health center, Balwadi and vocational training center that catered to basic health & empowerment of rural women. Today KGNMT has evolved into a larger unit serving as a shelter home for victims of rape, human trafficking, social distress and trauma in addition to maintaining all the other services. Today, KGNMT plays an active role in sheltering and rehabilitating women from various traumatic conditions. It changed itself keeping in tune with the social pressures and what the government expected it to do.
A brief History:
When Smt Kasturba Gandhi, Gandhiji’s noble and true partner died in jail at the age of 75 on Mahasivrathri Day-22nd February 1944 the country dccided to keep alive her memory by raising a memorial fund of Rs. 75 lakhs, but the collections soared high and a purse of Rs. 1 crore 30 lakhs collected was presented to Gandhi on his birthday, 2nd October 1944 at Sevagram by late Smt. Sarojini Naidu. In April 1945 Gandhiji turned this fund into Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust with the object “to serve the women and children of smallest villages-not more than of 2000 population, through the main activities of education, health maternity and medical aid, cottage industries and moral and social upliftment”. He also stressed that ‘the work must be organized by women only’.
A Board of 23 trustees at the apex, the excutive committee and one women representative (Agent) in each state wedded to constructive work to administer and organize the work, were selected by him. The Agent in each state was to select and train good gramsevikas and through them organise the work in villages of their branches. The plan and methodology was framed by Gandhiji and Thakkar Bappa who were its first Chairman and General Secretary respectively of the Trust. Later on Sardar Patel and Sri G. V. Mavalankar placed it on a firm footing as its chairman respectively. Smt. Premlila V. Thackersey the present Chairman is trying her best to keep up the traditions.
Hyderabad could contribute only Rs.42,000/- (Rs. 56,000/- O. S.) Memorial Fund in 1944 – According to rules 75 % of the state collections were allotted to the field work in the respective states, with a condition to raise a certain percentage against the recurring expenses to be locally collected but we could mobilize more funds during the current work. Form 1954 to 1960 we had received a little grant from Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and on Matching basis from Central Social Welfare Board since 1956, and that is why we have pulled on for the past fifteen years. Still we had to restrain ourselves from extending and even intensifying the work
Much field work was not possible in Hyderabad State during Pre-police Action period, but the scenario has changed slowly, financed by various friends we undertook the heavy task of raising the morale of the people in districts during Razakar period and immediately after Police Action sent our workers with other volunteers to rescue Muslim women and children from districts as they were fear struck. We selected few workers and sent them for training in midwifery or gramseva to the adjacent provincial branches as per their mother tonguc since 1946. So far we have trained 22 gramasevikas and midwives.