Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf      
The Founder

Doerksen, Lillian Ruth (1921-2008)


Lillian Ruth "Lil" Doerksen: teacher and missionary; born 17 March 1921 in Herbert, Saskatchewan.

On Completion of her public school training, Lillian attended Briercrest Bible Institute for two years.

After a brief period of employment at T. Eaton Co. (Formerly Spencers), In 1946 she decided to continue biblical training and enrolled at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University). She sensed a strong call to mission work and became aware of the Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission at Kedgaon near Pune, in India, a mission founded by Pandita Ramabai, a very intelligent Brahman who had converted to Christianity


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Welcome to MFD

Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf is a Social Organization that is dedicated to serving the deaf through quality education, vocational training and holistic care. It ministers to the deaf child from any background, religion, gender or race. This care is on par with what any normal child would get at home. In addition to this, it helps the child overcome his/her physical and mental challenges so as to live as a normal member of society. With specially trained and dedicated staff, it has been operating in the state of Maharashtra for 25 years and has touched the lives of over a thousand students.

Maharashtra Fellowship for Deaf (MFD) operates from its two Campuses at Pune & Aurangabad.


PUNE Campus

Being an educational hub and close to the financial capital of India, Mumbai, Pune offers a unique advantage with our 4- Acre campus located in Pune, we have residential co-educational facility at our campus.

At our School we have elementary classes i.e. STEPS (I-IV) & Primary School up to standard V, which has recently been Government Recognized.

At Our Industrial Training Centre at the Pune Campus we offer various vocational training courses with complete practical exposure. Based on their interests and aptitude, students are admitted to this course where they get trained at par with normal individuals. On completion of this course these students are eligible to join Corporate or Government organizations.

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Our History

1980s – After retiring from Ramabai Mukti Mission at age of 66, Ms. Lillian was ready to start up with her new assignment. And no wonder that at such mature age it was divine strength that was keeping her blissfully full of enthusiasm to take up another challenge and touching the lives of countless young children. Motivated with new zeal, Lillian, along with of her "daughter," Tara, and her husband Arvind Meshramkar started MFD at heart of Pune City in St. Pattricks Town.

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