Archive for April, 2012
Now in my eleventh day here in Mokokchung, Nagaland I have switched “hats” to fulfill my assignments for Hope For Change International.
I will be evaluating the progress and needs of Nagaland Children’s Residential School (NCRS) located here in Mokokchung. The school, which was begun in 1996, launched a new program for young children when the school year began in February, 2012. Because of their desire to provide education and English literacy to the children of the town they have inaugurated a “Nursery Class” for two and three-year old children. Seven chosen ones make up the first class. These are privileged children because they are learning English at such a young age which will be their gateway to a vast array of educational/career opportunities as they mature.
My next blog will focus on some of the older children’s stories telling us just how important attending and “English School” is here in the Northeast of India.
Hope for Change International supporters make these dreams come true for the young people enrolled at NCRS. Thank you!
Most people that I meet and mention Nagaland to have never heard of it before and I had not either until 1984. In that year I met Chuba Ao who was visiting the USA from Nagaland. Our meeting then prepared the way for where I am today – in Mokokchung, Nagaland.
As you can see from the map insert, Nagaland is a neighbor to Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar. Four airplane flights and an eight-hour vehicle journey were required to get me here. Whew! The journey was challenging and a test of my endurance since I do not sleep on airplanes but now that I am here I can say, “It was worth all the effort!”
Future blog posts will let you know why I am here but for now I just want to say “thank you” to all who are following my travel with prayer and supportive thoughts.