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Making Akumen a model vill

Members of Southwick Christian Community, England seen with villagers of Akumen during cultural activities
DIMAPUR, Nov 30, (NPN):
Published on 1 Dec. 2008 1:09 AM IST
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A fifteen member delegation from Southwick Christian Community, England have been tirelessly endeavoring many significant works at Akumen village in Mokokchung district. These included medical care to sports, vocational trainings to animal rearing techniques and most significant -the Akumen olympic being held every year since 2005. This year the England team defeated Nagaland team by 3-1. Another interesting aspect was that of exchange baptism. Simon Twiss and youths from Akumen village were baptized by Rev. Lynda Hulcoop assisted by Akumen Pastor P. Yanger, Paul Gyoury and Paul Hooper senior deacons respectively from Southwick church. According to Er Temsu Wathi Ao district informatics officer (NIC), Simon Twiss whose mother Alemla is from Akumen decided to baptize at Akumen because of his vision to visit his mother's native place. Simon is the eldest son of John Twiss, the then tea planter in Assam. The England team have been visiting Akumen village as a part of social uplifment projects at Akumen village with sponsorship from Southwick Christian community, England. The team would be sponsoring Akumen village till 2016 and would be helping the village community for self sustenance within the period. They are also emulating the villagers to do away from the practices of Jhum cultivation and teaching alternate means for livelihood. Southwick team leader Rev. Lynda Hulcoop who had been visiting the village since 2003 along with Naga lady Alemla Twiss expressed happiness to see the projects moving on positive direction. On the rich culture, social values, customary laws, love and affection of the Akumen community, Lynda believed that if their vision went well, one might expect that within a span of short time, Akumen would be a model village for all which would develop into an international tourist destination.

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