The Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) was started on 23rd December 1973 by Baba Amte for the integrated development of the primitive tribe 'Madia-Gonds' in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

The 'Madia-Gond' tribe lives in remote parts of the district, deep in the forests. Apart from the dangers of living in the wild, where animal attacks are very common, malaria and cholera epidemics were also a frequent occurrence. The Madia-Gonds did not have access to basic healthcare facilities which made the situation even worse.

Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte volunteered to work among the Madias. Gradually building trust with the tribe and providing free healthcare assistance and basic education to their children, Lok Biradari Prakalp has come a long way.
Today, with a multi-speciality hospital, a hostel school which has created engineers and doctors and livelihood opportunities for the tribes, LBP has got the Madia-Gonds into the mainstream.

Dr. Prakash Amte saved the wild animals from man’s cruelty by starting the ‘Animal Ark’, an animal orphanage that started with an orphaned baby monkey and has now blossomed into a home for leopards, snakes, hyenas. At one point the shelter also had a lion.

For their efforts for the Madia-Gonds, Dr. Prakash Amte and Dr. Mandakini Amte were honoured with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2008. We will continue to work towards successfully implementing all our initiatives and developing and creating new ways to improve lives!