Meghalaya: Good Samaritans come forward to help orphans from Lyngkhoi village
It was informed that the orphans who live in Lyngkhoi under Sohiong constituency, lost their mother eight years ago, and father had abandoned them.
By Daiaphira Kharsati
Seven orphans dream of getting their houses repaired was fulfilled by Good Samaritans who came forward and chose to help the family in whichever way possible.
It was informed that the orphans who live in Lyngkhoi village under Sohiong constituency, lost their mother eight years ago, and father had abandoned them.
Their plight came to light when the Committee COVID Management Team (CCMT) distributed free rations to each household in which the family was also on the list. It was then that a reporter asked them (orphans) about their well-being during COVID and the orphans showed the CCMT the condition of their house.
The house which was constructed in 1993, was leaking from almost every room. “Whenever it rains, these children would use a basin and when it is full, they wipe the floor clean,” their aunt who looked after them said.
Attempts were made to reach out to people to help the family, and along came the 'Gracious Givers Foundation' who helped the family by donating tin roof sheets and other useful household items.
In another household at Laitlyngkhoi village, which is a few kilometres from Lyngkhoi, four siblings (three sisters and one brother) were left orphaned by their parents who passed away a few years ago and are now living with their grandparents.
The grandparents of the children, who made a living through farming, supported the four children besides two other family members living under the same roof. At present, the oldest sibling is only 12 years old.
When asked about what the usual meal of the children was, one of the siblings answered that they mostly feed on rice, given the poor living conditions of the family.
Speaking to The Northeast Today (TNT), Headman of Laitlyngkhoi Village said that the council is doing its best to uplift the living condition of the orphans and other destitute in the village, however, more effort is to be made as he informed that he joined the incumbency, recently.
Meanwhile, the Foundation has planned to write to the Social Welfare Department Minister Kyrmen Shylla and furnish a proposal before him.
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