Dr Ben Khiangte, MD
Born in an underprivileged agricultural family from Mizoram, Benjamine Khiangte sought the help of the Sunbird team in 2004 to complete his MBBS. With an interest free loan though the “Loan Scholarship Scheme” (then being run under the aegis of the Maria Seva Sangha), he graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha with flying colours.
In 2009, Ben secured admission into the prestigious and extremely competitive Post Graduate (MD, Internal Medicine) course at his old college. During this time, the Sunbird team continued to support him. Completing his post graduation in 2012, Ben now practices as a consultant Physician, Geriatrician and Diabetologist at Nazareth Hospital, Shillong. Married to Hmai (an Audiologist) and with a young son Nathan, he aspires to acquire a Super Specialty in the near future.
Today, Ben not only supports other needy students from his village but also sponsors two other children in the Sunbird Sponsor a Child scheme.
Dr Ben Khiangte is on the Advisory Committee of Sunbird Trust
Quote: “I thank the Sunbird team for coming to my rescue at a critical time in my career. Their timely and sustained assistance helped me transcend my financial difficulties and complete my studies. Inspired by this initiative, I will remain an active and lifelong contributor in this noble endeavour”
Belonging to the Garo tribe of Meghalaya and hailing from an underprivileged family from a very remote part of the state, Kresitha Momin decided to take up teaching music as a career. In 2012, she sought the Sunbird Team’s help for a scholarship to pursue her BA (Music) from St Anthony’s College Shillong and was granted a free loan scholarship (through the MSS). To support herself, she worked as a nanny to children of a family while attending college. Often walking miles to college to save money, she excelled and graduated in 2015 with the Gold Medal in the course.
As most institutions required a post graduate degree for teachers, Kresitha chose to pursue her MA (Music). With few options in India for a PG degree in Music Education, she again approached Sunbird for a loan to pursue the degree from Saint Isobel College, Manila, one of the best institutions of its kind in Asia. Given her outstanding performance in the BA Course, Sunbird Team members rose to the occasion and not only advanced a loan to Kresitha but also underwrote her travelling expenses to the Philippines. Rewarding the faith reposed in her, Kresitha secured over 90% in her first term exam and is excelling in the course.
Quote: “I can scarcely believe that total strangers could be so supportive and help my dreams come true. I am making my future livelihood almost entirely due to the kind assistance provided to me by Sunbird”.
Coming from the remote and underdeveloped Marpara area of Mizoram, Dilip is a member of the predominantly Buddhist Chakma tribe. This displaced community faces persecution in both Bangladesh (from where they originate) and in parts of India as well. In 2007, Dilip was granted a loan by Team Sunbird to finance his LLB at the prestigious National Law School University of India (NLSUI) at Bangalore.
In Feb 2010, Dilip secured an internship with a human rights organization ‘Geneva for Human Rights’ in Switzerland. During this internship, he worked on various thematic and country specific issues of human rights. In addition, he attended the Universal Periodic Review Working Group at the UN office and later participated in the 13th UN Human Rights Council Session.
Keen to join the Administrative Services, Dilip, now a qualified lawyer is preparing for his Civil Service Examinations. He is determined to work for the upliftment of his marginalized community. One of Sunbird Trust’s distinguished alumni, Dilip along with another alumnus, Dr Ben Khiangte is a member of Sunbird’s Advisory Committee
Quote: “I am deeply indebted to Sunbird Trust for their support when I needed it most. The financial assistance allowed me to concentrate on my professional studies when help from elsewhere was not forthcoming. I am honoured to be on the Advisory Council of the Trust and pledge my services to this endeavour that is making a meaningful difference to so many marginalized youngsters in my part of the country.”