Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of India - the parent body of over 28000 Freemasons in India – Grand Lodge of India has decided to take up an ambitious charitable project of setting up over 100 dialysis centres all over the India to provide dialysis at a subsidised price of around Rs 350 per patient, which is nearly one-third of the market price. These centres will be set up in the Masonic premises in various cities.
Another unique project being taken up by the Grand Lodge of India is to provide pure drinking water generated out of air to people living in remote areas. The drinking water machine can run on both electricity and solar power. Each machine will cost around Rs 30,000 and over Rs 1 lakh with solar panels. The project, known as MARG (Masonic Amrut Ras Generator), would be of immense use for people living in drought prone areas where ladies have to walk several kilometers to fetch drinking water. The water machine generates water from the humidity in air and can generate about 15 liters of drinking water in a day. The first project is being set up in Pench forest reserve area near Nagpur, Maharashtra for the officers on duty in the forest.
Grand Lodge of India had also recently felicitated Gallantry Award Winners and war widows of Uri and Baramulah terrorist attack. Along with this Grand Lodge of India had given five residential apartments free of cost to the war widows of these soldiers and they spend over Rs 1.50 crore for purchase of land and construction of these apartments.
According to MW Bro Ranauta (Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India), the apartments for the widows of Uri martyrs will be constructed in association with President’s Gallantry Awardees Association of India. All these projects will be funded by donations raised from Freemasons all over the country.
According to MW Bro Harcharan Singh Ranauta (OSM Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India), Freemasons believe in the Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Mankind. Charity is the distinguishing characteristic of Freemasons. The money we spend on such large scale charitable projects is contributed by our members out of their savings from their hard earned money.