After multiple crowdfunding for the poor and needy, the people of Kangpokpi town stretched their helping hands yet again to aid blind siblings from Chalwa village in Kangpokpi District.
The charity/crowdfunding, initiated jointly by Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation, Kangpokpi Youth Union, a noted local journalist, and the admins of The Kanggui Post WhatsApp group under the aegis of Kangpokpi Town Committee, generated Rs 87,780 in cash and two bags of rice for the two blind siblings.
Appreciated and known for its generosity towards humanity, the people of Kangpokpi irrespective of status and profession, everyone - young and old, students to office goers, shoppers to shopkeepers, and travelers came to help the two blind siblings.
Kangpokpi police and Officer-in-Charge of Kangpokpi Police Station, Insp. Henminthang Kipgen also donated to help the blind siblings.
The amount and the two bags of rice were handed over to the family on Tuesday at the Kangpokpi Youth Union office in the presence of Kangpokpi Town Committee members Seijang Sitlhou and Thangjangam Lhanghal, in charge of KWWO and KYU while Kangpokpi Town Churches Fellowship General Secretary Fr. Jangkhogin Chongloi dedicated the donated amount and rice and prayed for the well-being of the two blind siblings and their family.
Seiminlun Baite, father of the two blind siblings, and Chongpi, their maternal aunt, expressed huge gratitude to the people of Kangpokpi for their selfless aid and help.
Among the two blind siblings, the elder one, aged about 15, is now staying at a Mission Blind School in Kakching while the younger is hospitalised at JN Hospital, Imphal.
According to the two blind siblings' father, Seiminlun Baite, both his sons were born normal and they could see normally like others but at the age of about 8, his elder son’s eyes were hurt while playing and they rushed to Shija Hospital at Imphal where a surgery was done.
However, after a few years, the normal side of his son's eye began to hurt him, and despite all effort and treatment, he became blind.
A few years later, his younger son’s eyes, who was two years then (now four years old), also became suddenly blind and he could not see anymore. So, he felt very uncomfortable and started complaining day and night, and finally, he got sick and it was when he was admitted to JN Hospital for treatment.
The poor parents from Chalwa, having no other options, informed their situation to KWWO President Hekim Hangshing who later informed a local journalist which finally ended in another successful crowdfunding for the two blind siblings.
Unfortunately, the family was not eligible for the CMHT Card as they are reported not included in the socio-economic and caste census.
The family as well as the civil bodies of Kangpokpi appeal to the Chief minister, the concerned local MLA and authorities concerned to issue the CMHT card for the family on humanitarian grounds.