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Philanthropist’s 50th birthday
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 10 Feb. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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Nagaland is all set to honour one of its well-known philanthropists Vilelie Khamo on his 50th birth anniversary on February 14. Thousands of villagers and well-wishers including chief minister Neiphiu Rio several of his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs, top bureaucrats and departmental officials, have reportedly confirmed their participation in the grand birthday celebration to be held at Mima village ground. Vilelie Khamo, a self-made multi-millionaire and a class-I contractor is known for his selfless and charitable acts. He has been a benefactor to thousands of people across the state. Though a multi-millionaire now, the life story of Vilelie Khamo was full of struggles and a glaring example of how hard work through determination paid at last. Vilelie, born to impoverished parents, Melhoutso and Lechalie Khamo of Mima village on February 14, 1960 was the youngest among the big family of 14 siblings. Even in his childhood, Vilelie showed extraordinary brilliance and determination. He enrolled himself in a school against his parents’ wish and studied upto Class VI. Though, he could not continue further, he showed sheer determination and survived on handouts and left-over scraps of food and without decent roofing over his head. Today, he is the architect behind the myriad modern architectural wonders across Nagaland. In his quest, Vilelie started with driving and it was a moment of pride when he was chosen to chauffeur late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi during his visit to Nagaland to lay the foundation stone of the famous Indira Gandhi (IG) Stadium at Kohima. Being deprived of education in his childhood, he is determined that others do not suffer similar fates like him for which he has been generously sponsoring scholarships, offering cash bonanzas for achievers in the academic fields and even established a renowned school, Coraggio School in Kohima, which offers free education to the needy and poor who could not afford. He believes that wealth is valueless without education and learning. Meanwhile, on the occasion, the chief minister will be releasing a biography of Khamo entitled ‘A Prism’, penned by Buno Yhoshü and Imti K. Jamir.

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