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Zaputuo-ü Angami laid to rest
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Mar. 2011 12:58 AM IST
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Fondly referred to by some as “the mother Teresa of Nagaland” founder and president of the Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home (KODH) Zaputuo-ü Angami passed away on wee hours on Thursday morning at her residence in Seithogei, Bypass road NH-39, Kohima. She went into coma after suffering from a stroke since February 3 and died on Thursday. She was 89 and leaves behind hundreds of ‘children’ including loves ones. She was laid to rest at her residence premise at KODH on Thursday afternoon, which was attended by thousands of mourners.
In a brief profile made available to media, Lt. Zaputuoü Angami with her commitment started the Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home in 1973 and was running it for 38 years till her demise. She mothered more than 600 orphans at the the Home, taking care of their health, education and spiritual life. Presently there are 77 children in the home.
Lt. Zaputuo-ü received numerous awards for her work and contributions such are the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award (Govt. of India), Real Heroes award (CNN-IBN and Reliance India), Outstanding Contribution in Social Service Award (Govt. of Nagaland), Karmayogi Award (Lions Club), Gold Medal (Governor, Nagaland), and Lifetime Achievement Award (Chief Minister, Nagaland).
Condolence messages from state governor Nikhil Kumar and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, were read out during the funeral services. In his message, Kumar said the Home founded by Zaputuoü as stood as “a symbol of love and strength for children without parents and her service to them for the last 38 years will be ever remembered”. Rio described Lt. Zaputuoü as a “selfless and large hearted” being who had a deep sense of love especially for the downtrodden. Rio said Lt. Zaputuoü was a true mother not only to the orphans but all who knew her. He said her passing away was a great loss to the people of the state particularly the inmates of KODH. Several organizations and groups condoled the demise of Lt. Zaputuoü Angami.
Speech on behalf of the family at funeral the service by Shürheizolie Theünuo said that Lt. Zaputuoü’s always had wish that a special day- April 16 be declared the day of orphans around the world. The funeral rites was administered by Rev. Dr. Luozilie Sanchu, bible passage was read out by Vitse Keditsu, asst. pastor CRMC Kohima. Speeches were delivered by Basangu-ü Yashü, pastor CRMC, Thinuovituo Yashü, chairman Dihoma Village Council, Kezhokhoto Savi and Rosemary Dzüvichü spoke on behalf of Rotary Club Kohima, NMA and the Catholic Church. Songs were sung by children of the Home and CYE, CRMC Kohima. Thousands of people from all walks of life came to pay their homage and attend the funeral service.

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