Army Chief General Manoj Naravane inaugurated a new residential facility at Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home in Kohima on Wednesday.

This facility will be run by the Assam Rifles, a defence release said.

General Naravane completed his three-day visit to the Northeast on Wednesday.

He arrived at Dimapur on Monday.

The Assam Rifles constructed and furnished this facility which presently takes care of 95 children, including 26 girls.

These children not only get love, care and affection in the facility but are also pursuing education in the local schools and colleges.

Over the years, the Assam Rifles has extended its support to many such social organisations through various civic action projects.

Assam Rifles provided materials worth about Rs 4.5 lakh to the orphanage for the construction of two toilet blocks, and two computer sets and one television.

Some quantity of basic rations was also provided in April and June this year in order to ensure the supply of basic amenities during the pandemic.

A medical camp was also organised wherein all children underwent basic tests for health and hygiene, the release said.

Located about 8 km from Kohima town along National Highway 29, Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home 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 benevolent local ZaputoAngami, who is sometimes referred to lovingly as Mother Teresa by the local populace.

The home is now run by her daughter Neibano Angami.

Over the years, the home has grown to provide solace to needy orphans with funding by various philanthropists and NGOs like Sunbird Trust headed by Col (retd) Christopher Rego and the armed forces.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com