Joy 7 Foundation carving a niche in social canvas 

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR | Apr 21 | The way Arunachalee girls have proved umpteen times “Hum kisise kum nehi“, another damsel Mina Toko, whom I met after a gap of four years, is one among them.

Though highly talented and a product of Delhi University & JNU but I thought that she might have joined the job craze a in political capital of India, but she proved me utterly wrong today.

“I am back home to work for my people in my small way. Who would work, if I don’t”, she poised a question to leave me baffled in my office here.

On insistence, she opened up: I worked in Women’s Helpline under Oju Welfare Association for a year to face the naked truth of tribal society before instituting a voluntary organisation –  Joy 7 Foundation – with myself as executive director.

The NGO has been working in health, education, environment, legal literacy sectors & skill development, particularly with state’s Urban Livelihood Mission in Lower and Dibang Valley, Lower Subansiri, Anjaw, Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi and East Siang districts besides conducting social impact assessment of hydropower projects, entrusted by power developer Jindal Group, working in collaboration with the National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation Ltd in the state, she disclosed.

“The NGO would slowly but steadily expand to other parts of the state as I am in liaison with other national and state level GoI empanelled reputed NGOs to take up multi-faceted activities in greater welfare of the masses,” she said with confidence lit large over her face.

She forced me to go down my memory lane when I was instrumental in organising an event at the initiative of then Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy in his official 8- Feroz Shah Road residence in New Delhi on 14.07.13.

Aimed at promoting spirit-de-corps amongst Arunachalees living in Delhi by sharing ideas, the event was anchored by Mina, then pursuing MPhil (social medicine & community health) from JNU, who had left an indelible mark on every Arunachalee present by her proficiency and knowledge level.  She had informed that seven Arunachalee IAS and four IPS officers, highest from NE India, were posted to national capital then.

The gathering included then state chief minister Nabam Tuki (as chief guest), then APCC president-cum-Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi, state’s then ministers Chowna Mein (finance), Kamlung Mossang (food & civil supplies), legislators, Tajom Taloh among senior IAS officers, Delhi joint commissioner of police (Training) Robin Hibu among senior IPS, doctors including AIIMS associate professor (Forensic) Dr Millo Tabin, PG students and a battery of media persons, including ANI’s Praful Singh for which ANI had covered the event –  Arunachalees urged to prove their mettle.

The guests were treated with tribal delicacies made of fresh ingredients from Arunachal to justify the adage –Be a Roman when you are in Rome.

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