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Zunheboto’s TVBCLN, Kripa Foundation conferred the Governor’s Award

Governors Award

KOHIMA, MARCH 17: Tizu Valley, Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network, Zunheboto and Kripa Foundation Nagaland was conferred the Governor’s Award by the Governor of Nagaland & Assam, Prof. Jagsdish Mukhi at Dr. Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan Kohima on March 17.
The former was awarded for its efforts towards conservation and protection of the environment and the latter for its role in creating social impact and awareness on prevailing social ills and its amelioration.
The recipients of the Governor’s Award received a cash reward of Rs1 lakh, memento, shawl and a certificate.
Governor Mukhi said that the award was instituted to honour the exemplary initiatives in creating social awareness on conservation of environment and protection.
Pointing out that Nagaland is fortunate to have a strong community-based conservation system in place since time immemorial, he further encouraged that such initiatives should be promoted to strengthen the motives of the age-old tradition.
While giving away the award to Kripa Foundation Kohima, he said that the Foundation has delivered service among people afflicted with substance addiction and HIV infection by running a De-Addiction/Rehab centre at Kohima. This award aims to encourage, motivate and promote social work which will uplift the lives of the vulnerable Naga society and to stay true to its identity, he added.
Stating that the best solution is prevention, Governor Mukhi stressed on the need to prevent people, especially the youngsters from falling prey to substance abuse.
There is a need to launch special campaigns targeted at vulnerable groups like school and college students to make them aware of the deleterious effects of drug abuse, he said.
Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio said that he was happy to witness communities across the State have become aware of their social responsibilities and conservation of its biodiversity.
He said that it is all the more imperative that the community comes forward for the conservation of its flora and fauna because the landholding system in the State is such that it is the community and individuals who own the land and the forest.
Tizu Valley Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Network, Zunheboto, Nagaland, was established in 2014. The network is a Community Conserved Area (CCA) created by 3 Sumi Villages namely, Sukhai, Kivikhu and Ghukhuyi, under Zunheboto District of Nagaland.
The CCA received special recognition in the ‘sustainable use of biological resources’ category of the 4th India Biodiversity Awards 2018.
Kripa Foundation had its humble beginning at Mt. Carmel Church in Bandra, Mumbai, in 1981. Since then, the Foundation, which is a Public Charitable Trust, has spread across India with 51 varied Facilities addressing chemical dependency and HIV/AIDS.
The foundation ventured into Nagaland at the request of Naga Mothers Association (NMA) in 1990, a time when drug abuse and alcoholism was at its peak in the State.
Kripa Foundation Kohima was recognized and selected to be the Regional Resource & Training Centre, North East in 2002 by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, GOI for the 3 Northeastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Kripa Foundation in Nagaland works in partnership with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, GOI, Social Welfare Department, GON, National Aids Control Organisation/ Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NACO), and UN AIDS, Centre for Disease Control USA. (Page News Service)

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