After 16 orphan girls were suddenly dropped-off from attending their classes at the nearby Assam Rifle School, Maram Bazar in Manipur, for unable to come up with their monthly fees.
John Hingkung, the founder of Sevendiary.com, a 4-year-old blog site dedicated to the Northeast India, has now started an online campaign to raise INR 4,00,000 (US $5881) to help the inmates of P.K. Women Society orphanage.
His Ketto campaign for donations was launched on 1st December. It is his first online fund-raiser and will go on until January 1, 2017, colliding with the global new year’s celebration.
“Since 2010, these tribal children had been getting a free education at the same school as a charity program, which was initiated by Colonel Polash Choudhary, then Commanding Officer (CO) of 5th Assam Rifles posted in the area. But his transfer now, the new school administration have discontinued their monthly fee waivers,” said John Hingkung, who is actively involved with many online campaigns for the rights of Northeast community and also founding member of the New Delhi-based NGO Northeast India Welfare Society (NEIWS).
He added, “What is alarming is that this region in the north-eastern part of India is also vulnerable to human trafficking. In the past, many young girls and women were trafficked to other parts of the country. Without education, these children might just end up taking up odd jobs in metros to support themselves and could easily fall into the wrong hands of human traffickers”.
Currently, their only source of income is through meager donations by few kind-hearted locals, and weaving traditional shawls to sell them in the local market. Despite numerous pleas for government fund or other charity aid, their requests haven’t seen the light of the day so far.
Before returning back to her native place in Manipur and setting up the children’s home for kids, whose parents are either divorced or have been affected by poverty and armed conflicts in 2009, Raina PK has worked with CHIRAG (Community Health Initiative and Research Action Group) in Mumbai, Apex Voluntary Action for Rural Development (AVARD), Kerala and Prodigals’ Home, Dimapur (Nagaland).
With the raised donations, apart from paying for their school fees and food, this campaign will also buy them two handloom weaving looms and equipment for their long-term sustainable monthly income so they won’t have to depend again on donors.
To make this goal possible, kindly join hands and let’s give them their best gift this upcoming New Year 2017.