The Hans Foundation contributes to fight against COVID-19 in Nagaland

(L-R) ADC Longleng, Robin and Medical Superintendent Longleng, Dr Kibang posing with Oxygen Concentrator.

Wennyei Konyak, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, Delhi seen with part of the consignment of 1000 FA Valve cum Humidifiers.

Community Health Centre, Tizit , Mon

Vishü Rita Krocha
Kohima | June 2 

In its effort to provide support in the fight against COVID-19 all across the country, The Hans Foundation (THF), one of India’s largest public charitable trusts has also made significant contributions to Nagaland, at a time the state is battling the devastating second wave of the pandemic.

This came in the form of 1000 FA (Fine Adjustment) Valve cum Humidifiers, which will be distributed to various hospitals and health centres throughout the state by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. In addition, the Foundation has provided four Oxygen Concentrators, out which two were given to Mon district and one each to Tuensang and Longleng respectively. The Oxygen Concentrators have reportedly been installed and put to use.

In an exclusive interview with The Morung Express, Brig Shalendra S Katariya (Retd), Chief Operating Officer of The Hans Foundation, expressed that “we are with the people of Nagaland in these difficult times and consider it our honour to be of any service to our fellow countrymen in this wonderful state.”

In leaving no stone unturned in arranging health care facilities in this regard, he stated appreciation for the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Wennyei Konyak, Deputy Resident Commissioner at Nagaland House, who, he said, “worked odd hours to arrange airlift of the 1000 FA Valves cum Humidifiers from Delhi to Dimapur.”

Brig Shalendra S Katariya (Retd), who looks after the North East for the Foundation, highlighted that The Hans Foundation is a charitable trust based in Gurugram, Haryana. Established in the year 2009, it was founded by Manoj Bhargav, a prominent businessman in the USA and Shweta Rawat, currently the Chairperson of the Foundation. “Since then, we have been working all over the country especially in the field of health, education and livelihoods,” he said.

Talking about the founders, he referred to Manoj Bhargav as somebody with a heart of gold, who is more passionate about support to India than anything else including his businesses. As for the chairperson and co-founder, he said, “Shweta Rawat strongly believes and strives to provide access to health care (including mental health care), education, livelihoods and clean water to as many of our fellow citizens as we can.”

Further pointing out that North East India is in special focus, he recalled the MoU signed between the Foundation and the Government of Nagaland a few years back. Substantiating to this, he said “it is an understanding between us and the government of Nagaland that we will be undertaking developmental work in Nagaland and the government will provide us whatever support they can.”

In August last year, The Hans Foundation also provided an Advance Life Support Ambulance to Mon District Hospital, a place identified by late Temjen Toy, former Chief Secretary of Nagaland. “What has given me a lot of happiness is that the ambulance has been put to use to save lives,” he articulated while adding that “I have learnt that with its advance life-saving equipment like ventilator as also its capacity to carry large amount of oxygen, it has proved useful in saving lives.”

So far, Nagaland state is the only beneficiary of The Hans Foundation in the North East as far as COVID relief is concerned. However, in other aspects, it has also made major forays in the states of Manipur, Sikkim, Assam, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

With its mission “to identify and implement social development projects in areas of health, education, livelihoods and disability which are scalable and replicable, in partnership with NGOs, government and institutions,” The Hans Foundation has funded over 300 Non-Governmental organizations in 26 states.

“We are planning for more support in the state of Nagaland and God willing, we will find more resources,” Brig Shalendra S Katariya (Retd) put across. He is currently based in Tuli under Mokokchung district and prefers to identify himself as a social worker in the service of people.

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