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House of Light provides care, hope
(Nzano Humtsoe and Vito Awomi)  :  May/25/2014 07:00:PM
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Yanpolumi was just seven years old, when her father, who was in the Indian Army passed away in Hyderabad. Her mother died just a year back due to illness. Yanpolumi, being the eldest daughter of her parents was left to fend for herself, a younger brother who was five years old and her youngest sister who was just two years old.
Since 2002, she and her brother shifted to an orphanage while her youngest sister was adopted by relatives.
Yanpolumi is one of the many children who have found love and shelter in an orphanage called Wondang-Ki.
Since she was eight years old, she had been dreaming of becoming a medical doctor.
Yanpolumi passed her high school leaving certificate examination 2010 in first division securing 74.6 percent.
Like her,  many others at Wondang-Ki dream of working hard and excelling in studies under the love and care bestowed to them by the foundation.
Wondang-Ki, which mean “house of light” in Lotha dialect, is a registered charitable foundation designed to instill “hope to the hopeless and home for the homeless” with its motto “entrusted to transform lives.” The organization presently runs a model orphanage for girls and a specialized adoption agency.
Wondang-Ki was established for girls without parents with the objective to provide them quality education and make the institution a model orphanage in Nagaland.
Wondang-Ki works to achieve its goal, “a home that strike a difference from the rest,” with a motive to create a sense of competition among the children’s homes for the benefit of the least fortunate children.
Currently Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation runs 2 projects. The first one is orphanage for girls which began in 2007 and the second one, a licensed specialized adoption agency established in 2009.
Wondang-Ki aims to transform the lives of the orphans so that they can see  new ray of hope for a better future. The foundation has been instilling affection, care and discipline besides imparting spiritual values. The foundation provides quality education to make them great leaders and responsible people; to bring transformation and peace to the society; and to nurture them physically, mentally and spiritually for making them pick the right decision in life.
The objectives of the adoption agency include saving the lives of infants who have been abandoned; to give the joy of parenthood to those without offspring through adoption and to ensure security and a better future. The agency also aims to ease the sufferings/problems of the biological parent/s who cannot afford to take care of their children due to varied reasons and also to help the unwed mother to start life afresh.

* The first 2 girls Yanpolumi and Meribeni cleared HSLC examination in 2010 in First Divisions.  Yanpolumi has completed first year B.Sc. (Geology Honours) from Patkai Christian College, while Meribeni has completed her first year B.Th. from Golden Crown Centre.
* Apibeni passed HSSLC examination with distinction in 2011 in Science Stream from Holy Cross. She got distinction and secured the state’s highest marks in Alternative English.
* At present Wondang-Ki Orphanage houses 24 girls. 20 are studying in Don Bosco Hr. Secondary School while another girl is studying in Star Ex Montessori School.
* The Adoption Agency, after receiving the license from state child protection society, government of Nagaland, has given 13 infants substitute permanent parents and 12 childless couples have been blessed with children.
* In 2012, Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was conferred to N. Thungdemo Kikon, founder and managing director of Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, government of India for outstanding services in child care and protection.
* In 2014,  N. Thungdemo Kikon received the social worker of the year (Shining Image of India Gold Medal) award for girl child development and education from All India Economy Survey and Award Council in Delhi.
My father,  only memories remain!
I remember my father who took me for an evening walk,
holding my hand, he told me stories and we giggled!
I remember my father who bought me sweets, chocolates and snacks, as he come home from work.
I remember my father who told me interesting stories,
to this days I remember the stories and the grinning face of my dad.
I remember my father who played with me hide and seek,
he would pretend as if he had not seen me yet.
I remember my father who took my mother, my sisters, my small brother and me for a Christmas picnic, Christmas is never the same again!
I remember my father how, still in his dream, suddenly woke up and wore my small sister’ trouser to these days we laugh in fond memories of my dad.
By Gracy (Std 4), Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation.

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