Tuesday, November 29, 2022

‘Helping Hands’ Nagaland chapter launched

Staff Reporter

Helping Hands, a non-profit organization, founded by special commissioner, Delhi Police, Robin Hibu launched the Nagaland chapter at Living Stone Foundation International (LFI) Dimapur on Sunday.
In his keynote address, Hibu highlighted about how the NGO was started with just Rs 25,000, as an award he received from the government of Arunachal Pradesh for recovering Rs. 15 crore that was stolen in a heist.
Hibu informed that the NGO in the last four years had buried/cremated 297 bodies of people from the North East. He mentioned that the NGO’s ‘Akhri Ahuti’ fund was primarily used for helping the economically weaker section of the society to transport dead bodies by flights to their home destination in NE, free of cost.
He said that the NGO has been assisting people from the North East who are in distress and had no one to help them outside the region. Hibu further disclosed that he was handling around 27 cases related to cybercrime from Nagaland out of which six were from Dimapur.
He said members of the Helping Hands comprise of IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS officials belonging to the North East including lawyers, journalists and people from other fields.
The NGO also consists of over 1600 volunteers, legal team and partners with various NGOs.
Hibu informed that the NGO has opened a blood bank for the needy people from the North East at AIIMS Delhi while 57 hospitals in Delhi also provide concessions to the needy for treatments.
Besides assisting people in distress, he said the NGO was also involved in providing coaching for civils services aspirants, and various scholarships.
Earlier, in his welcome address, chairman of LFI and president of Helping Hands Nagaland chapter, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema said it was time for the people to be more of a giver than a taker; a time for the people to discard selfish and greedy inhibitions.
“Helping Hands is a sacrifice not a namesake glorification; it is something that is truly committed to the society,” Ahoto said.
He hoped that the organization will pursue what is best and right, and try to be the person who can reform and transform the land.
Ahoto also suggested extending help to non–Nagas in Nagaland who were in distress, so that the same could be reciprocated, when people of the state face the same situation in mainland.
On the occasion, various individuals, who excelled in the field of sports and in need for help, were also recognized and felicitated.
The programme was chaired by Vernon Fernandez, invocation by Christian Academy International vice chairman Rev. Dr. Joshua Barela, special number by Gideon Sangma and NK Naga. Vote of thanks was proposed by Abel Achumi.

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