Hueiyen News Service/Imphal, July 27: The foundation stone for ‘Ability Village’, an empowerment centre for Persons with Disabilities, was laid at Pearsonmun in Churachandpur district with UN Resident Co-ordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Pi Lise Grande as Chief Guest today.
The Centre is to be set up under the auspices of Centre for Community Initiative (CCI), an NGO started by like-minded individuals to work for the betterment of human society. Registered in 2002 as a Society, CCI opened The Malsawm Initiative (TMI), a School for Children with Special Needs, as its first project with an aim to provide appropriate service to children with disabilities so as to enable them to explore and enhance their potentialities. CCI is currently a non-funded and self sustaining organization based in a land leased free of cost. With the expansion in its activities and outcome, the organization has initiated setting up of the Ability Village.
Unveiling the foundation stone of Ability Village, Pi Lise Grande read out the engraved words, marking a landmark in the history of CCI. The foundation stone was then dedicated by Gen. Secy of EBCC Rev S Vungminthang amid sounding of traditional gong and singing of ‘We Shall Over Come’ by the students of TMI as special number. It was followed by a traditional dance (Namlaam) performed by Hiangtam Lamka Young Paite Association (YPA). The Chief Guest also joined in the dance. Later on, the Chief Guest planted a sapling to commemorate the event.
Founding father of CCI Pauzagin, Chief of Pearsonmun village Pu G Thanchuung, CEO of Salwan Media Harjiv Singh, etc, were among other dignitaries who were presented and felicitated on the occasion.