Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Nagaland: Senior citizen’s home celebrates 17th anniversary


Good Samaritan Senior Citizen’s Home, Meriema, celebrated its 17th anniversary, here, on Monday.
In her speech, special guest, additional secretary, Social Welfare department, Bodeno S. Colo lauded the Home for undertaking the mission to care for the elderly.
She assured the residents that the department would provide services and aid in whatever way possible and at the same time, help the elderly who were in distress.
Highlighting the annual report (2021-2022), Good Samaritan Women Society (GSWS) secretary, Kavini informed that the Social Welfare department selected the Society to implement national helpline for senior citizens in Nagaland and set up Elderline 14567 – Nagaland office which was officially launched by chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
She said the department of State Transport buses approved four-seat reservations, free of cost for senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the state while SBI main branch Kohima opened a separate counter and made elderly-friendly renovations.
Kavini said SBI authorities in all the districts approved maintenance of separate counter for senior citizens every month date 1-5 with effect from August.
GSWS also set up a new senior citizen’s home in Longleng to rescue homeless senior citizens of the district.
With a vision to approach the government, financial institutes or concerned donors to seek funds for construction of Senior Citizens Recreational Care in Kohima, the Society said it was ready to facilitate Elderly Society of the state for quality fellowship, learning and recreation.
It also informed that it aims to set up the third branch of Senior Citizens Home at Tuensang district to provide further community’s service.
The programme was chaired by GSWS vice chairperson, Kevinourheno Seyie, invocation was offered by Baptist Church Meriema, pastor Kelhoulezo Shuya and welcome address was delivered by legal advisor, Kekhriengulie Theunuo.
A special number was also presented by Suiyipeule Liegise and vote of thanks was proposed by Keneuwhenuo.
It may be mentioned that GSWS was formed on July 31 with a mission to lift downtrodden and under-privileged section.
In 2005, the Society set up the first old age home in Nagaland with an aim to provide shelter and quality health care to the impoverished and childless senior citizens.
It was started without any support from government for the first 10 years and later, in recognition of their services, founder Neithonuo Liegise was awarded with a Department Special Award by the department of Social Welfare on October 1, 2013.
The state government recommended and forwarded the project proposal to ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and was provided Grant-in-Aid for 2017-2019 for maintenance of the senior citizens’ home.
After the grant stopped in 2019, the Home has been running on the support from individuals, sponsors, churches and communities till date. The Home presently houses 25 elderly persons (five males and 20 females).


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