On Sunday, 14th March, 2020, a team from Ramakrishna Mission, Imphal, visited a unique ‘Home for Destitutes’, called the Gospel Ministry for Disabilities India (GMFDI) at Tuibong Village, Churachandpur District, about 62 Kms away from Imphal and provided clothing & food ration for the inmates.
The GMFDI was started in 2014 by Mrs. Chinkholam, with support from her husband Mr. N. Thangsei Vaiphei, an Ex-Army Man. According to her, it is a singularly unique Home for differently abled destitutes, in Manipur, where all the inmates are not just orphans but also struggle with some form of physical or mental challenges. With choked voice & tearful eyes, she shared painful stories of some of her protegees and, again, expressed joy and happiness in presenting their special abilities. At present there are 18 inmates with special needs under her care.
We were also informed that she does not appeal to anyone for donations and strives to run this unique home with the pension of her husband & whatever voluntary donations people give on their own and also through events showcasing ‘special abilities’ of some of her differently abled children.
Mrs. Chinkholam earlier worked as an Instructor with Army Air Defence Corps, but left her job to find greater fulfillment & peace, through Service to the needy, and has dedicated her life ‘ministering’ to all the needs of those she has taken under her care. She has traveled & spent time in different parts of India & is also proficient in speaking Hindi. She expressed her & her Children’s happiness for our visiting them and invited us to come again.
Earlier in the day, the team had also visited ABC Home (a Home for Destitute children) at Lajangphai Village, Churachandpur, and provided Stationery, Sports items & food ration for the inmates.
Overall, 29 sets of male trousers & shirts, 22 sets of female trousers & tops/shirts,12 male jackets and 9 female coats along with 50 Kgs Rice, 50 Kgs potatoes, 25 kg salt, 10 Kgs Dal, 5 kgs onions and 72 packets of biscuits were provided for both the homes.