Walking and storytelling in Nagaland

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BASIC in partnership with ViaDesh is organising a trip to Nagaland for 3 to 5 days from 18th to 20th April 2014. The purpose of this trip is to promote socio-cultural learning while supporting and helping an orphanage/shelter home in Seithogei, Kohima, Nagaland which is exclusively for HIV+ orphans. The name of the orphanage is Cradle Ridge Home or is also called Aids care Hospice centre. The shelter home is run by NMA (Naga Mother’s Association), which is a very influential body in Nagaland.

This initiative aims to help the centre by bringing in responsible tourists and interested people giving exposure to the place.  During the trip the visitors will be accommodated at the centre and also fooding will be provided. Activities like voluntary works, learning programs, socio-cultural exchange programs, sightseeing and other exposures will be organised. All proceeds and donations made will go to support the centre and children at the home.

Those interested to join us in this journey of sharing love, knowledge, fun and support please contact us @ +91-89668516/+91 9811369216 or mail at reachbasic@gmail.com.

For more information about the trip please visit the Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/250000581843610/?source=1

Note:The centre has presently 4 kids. The Hospice centre is taken care by a local lady who has been known to NMA from long time back. She is assisted by another. The fooding and maintenance of the centre is run by donations and individual contributions till now. The salary for the caretakers is also paid by few members of NMA after they contribute. In recent past months many people approach them to keep their infected kids there but they decline because they don’t have enough funds. They have already approached govt but till now no response.

In an interview with BASIC, NMA’s president Abei-ü Meru shared, “Future plan of NMA for the orphanage is to expand but due to lack of fund things are moving slow. We recently got call that 45 orphans were found in Noklak area of Tuensang district, Nagaland who are all HIV+. But due to lack of fund NMA cannot do much and accommodate them in the centre. In fact even NSACS are helpless because they are not getting much support from NACO”.

The shelter home also has machineries to make products with recycle paper and earlier they use to make bags and envelopes and sell them to gather funds to run the home but now they do not use it anymore because it has become outdated and the products made from that are not of good quality as compared to the ones which are produced now with modern hi tech machines.