- Dr Benjamine Khiangte
Dr Ben Khiangte, from ——- in Mizoram passed his MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Studies at Wardha, Maharashtra in 2008 with flying colours. On his graduation, he made a special trip down to Bangalore, to thank the Maria SevaSangha and his mentor Lt Col Chris Rego for the support they had given him. He opted to work with Nazareth Hospital, Shillong where he picked up valuable experience. His excellent performance in MBBS helped him secure a prestigious seat in MD (Medicine) at his old college and he is now in the thick of his post graduation. He also has plans for pursuing his super-specialization in the future. DrKhiangte realizes the immense need for doctors in many parts of his home state and hopes to return to serve his community after completing his studies. Ben is most appreciative of timely financial assistance rendered by the Maria SevaSangha that has not only made him self sufficient, but helps him support his entire family as the only bread winner.
- Dilip Chakma
Coming from the remote Marpara area of Mizoram, Dilip belongs to the displaced Chakma community facing persecution in both Bangladesh and in parts of India as well. He sought the help of the Sunbird Team to finance his LLb at the prestigious National Law School of India at Bangalore. In his fourth year, Dilip has secured an internship with a human rights organization ‘Geneva for Human Rights’.
During February 2010, Dilip was selected for a two-month internship with Geneva based NGO, Geneva for Human Rights. He was a part of the NGO delegation to meetings of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations and thereafter part of the delegation to the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. During the course of his internship, Dilip was one of the members of the NGO’s Human Rights Policy Study team and worked on various thematic and country specific issues of human rights. He also prepared and presented briefs for the organisation’s human rights defenders’ course for human rights activists from around the world.
Dilip says that his internship helped him understand the political significance of the various human rights issues. It also introduced him to a plethora of other issues helping him get a much broader perspective of this field.
Dilip graduated from the NLSUI in ———— and is now preparing for a career in the civil services