Realising the critical need for a school for isolated forest and hill communities around his own village Ijeirong in Tamenglong District of Manipur, Amos and two of his friends co-founded the Paangkriang Friendship School in 2008. From its humble origins, this school now serves 350 underprivileged tribal students. In 2013, aiming to provide better access to education for the children of the nearby villages, Amos successfully approached the Sunbird team to construct a hostel in conjunction with the school. Switching hats to architect and project manager, he deftly employed available funds raised by the Sunbird team and raised voluntary labour from his village completing construction of the hostel by February 2014. With 151 hostellers today, Ijeirong Friendship Hostel is one of the biggest in Manipur.
Capitalizing on the success of the hostel project, Amos led a slew of Sunbird initiatives in the Haochong Block area from building a new Community Centre, to leveling a large playfield, conducting medical camps, guiding students for their further studies and linking Sunbird with student and women’s groups. He was instrumental in planning a Leadership Training Programme for local youth at Bangalore and also in arranging yoga camps in the villages. He led the team that conducted the first of its kind Friendship Festival at Ijeirong in January 2016. Amos is currently in the process of planning and erecting a second Sunbird hostel at Ijeirong.
Rajkumar Babloo Singh
Hailing from the Meitei community, Babloo is a member of the extended erstwhile royal family of Manipur. He employs his excellent rapport with community leaders across the Manipur Valley to progress Sunbird Trust’s work especially in the Valley districts of the state. Proud of his rich culture and heritage, he has an abiding interest in seeking solutions to the myriad disturbances that beset this part of the country. A former Territorial Army soldier, para jumper and state level marksman, Babloo is no stranger to adventure and is ever ready to lend his shoulder to help break new ground for Sunbird.
In keeping with his interests in building bridges between communities in his state, Babloo was instrumental in the success of the Ijeirong Friendship Festival 2016 using his good connections to bring star artistes from varied communities to perform together. Using his military background, he is currently employed as a security professional with a multinational company at Delhi. He plays a major role in helping to settle young graduates from the North East in the cities and guide them as they foray for education and employment.
Hailing from Karong Village in Mao District of Manipur and coming from an underprivileged agricultural family, Johnny lost his parents at an early age. He educated himself with great difficulty in the process experiencing immense challenges in a conflict affected state. Seeking better prospects for himself and his siblings, he came to Bangalore in 2006. He now works as a catering assistant in recreational institute in the city.
A volunteer for Sunbird Trust since its inception, Johnny devotes his spare time to helping other youngsters from the North East make the transition to Bangalore. From advising them on their travel, to receiving them in his modest rented accommodation and helping them establish themselves either at their colleges or at places of work, he is a rock of support. His rich experience after a decade at Bangalore helps him imbibe newly arrived youngsters under the Sunbird umbrella hailing from remote villages in the North East with the cultural nuances and the practical challenges of life in a metropolis. Johnny also coordinates transportation of material donated for Sunbird projects to the project areas.
A commerce graduates and accountant for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Langchingthan or Thathang as he is known is a community leader in the tiny Muvanlai in Churachandpur District of Manipur. In 2013, realising the need for a primary school for tiny tots in this remote village, he approached the Sunbird team to assist him in this venture. Despite the impaired security situation and inaccessibility and of his village, he supervised the construction of Ebion Friendship School and ancillary facilities over three years. With limited resources and immense challenges, he steadily raised the school till the 5th standard and is gradually building up the institution and his young wards.
Thathang oversees Sunbird Trust’s Sponsorship programme and outreach activities in his area of Churachandpur District of Manipur District.
S. Huimi Dominic
Hailing from Chadong Village in Ukhrul District of Manipur, Dominic finished his schooling in Manipur before moving to Shillong where he eventually completed his Master’s Degree in History from North Eastern Hill University. He later completed his LLb from Delhi University. Throughout college and University, he was a Student leader, fully involved in student activities. Back in his home state, he has been a practicing lawyer for 15 years. He now devotes most of his time to his community at Chadong after the village was partly submerged by the Mapithel Thoubal Multipurpose project. Dominic coordinates Sunbird outreach activities including sponsorship of children from in and around his village.