Kohima, November 25 (NEx): Army Chief General Manoj Naravane, who is on a three days visit to North East, inaugurated a new residential facility at Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home (KODH) in Kohima today, November 25, 2020.
A press release from the PRO (Def) Kohima said that the facility will be run by the Assam Rifles who has always been at the forefront in extending support to the functioning of KODH & many other orphanages in the area.
Assam Rifles organised the construction & furnishing of the said facility which presently takes care of 95 children including 26 girls. The children not only get love, care and affection, but are also provided with education in the local schools and colleges. The Assam Rifles has extended its support to many such social organisations over the years, through various Civic Action Projects, the PRO added.
Earlier, items worth approximately Rs 4.5 lakhs were provided to the Orphanage for construction of two toilet blocks, and provision of two computers & one television. Some quantity of basic rations were also provided in April and June 2020 in order to ensure supply of basic amenities during the pandemic.
The press release also said that a medical camp was organised wherein, all children underwent basic tests for health and hygiene, a necessary component for their healthy upbringing.
‘Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home’ is located on NH-29 at a distance of approximately 8 km from Kohima Town. It has provided yeoman service and healing touch to many orphans over the years. The Orphanage made its humble beginning in 1973, having been founded by a very benevolent local, Mrs Zaputo Angami, who was sometimes referred to lovingly as Mother Teresa by the local populace.
The Home is now run by her daughter Mrs Neibano Angami. Over the years, the home has grown to provide solace to needy orphans with crowd funding, benevolence of various philanthropists, and NGOs like Sunbird Trust headed by Col (Retd) Christopher Rego and the Armed Forces.