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In a remarkable demonstration of community solidarity and support, the Hmar Youth Association (HYA) has successfully raised over Rs. 3.3 lakhs to aid the ongoing crisis in Manipur. The association, through a press release dated November 17, 2023, announced the collection of a total of Rs. 3,30,520 from its various branches.
This significant amount of donations came from individuals and families across multiple HYA branches, showcasing the community’s unwavering commitment to supporting those affected by the crisis.
The Crisis in Manipur
Since May 3, 2023, Manipur has been engulfed in ethnic violence, primarily between the Meitei people, who are the majority in the Imphal Valley, and the Kuki tribal community residing in the surrounding hills.
This conflict has resulted in severe human rights violations, including sexual violence, extrajudicial killings, home destruction, and forced displacement. The violence has not only led to over 100 deaths and left more than 400 wounded but has also displaced nearly 60,000 people, forcing them into around 350 camps. Churachandpur, the epicenter of this ethnic divide, remains in a state of disarray.
The Impact of Donations in Crisis Situations
The donations collected by HYA are a testament to the importance of charitable giving in times of crisis. In such scenarios, cash donations provide the flexibility to address immediate needs and are crucial during the initial stages of a crisis.
These funds enable organizations to provide essential services and support, meeting both immediate and long-term needs as communities recover from their losses. The effectiveness of such contributions lies in their ability to match resources with the greatest needs, ensuring the most efficient delivery of necessary services.
Breakdown of Contributions and Acknowledgements
The donations were collected from various HYA branches, with each branch contributing as follows:
- Thingchawm HYA – Rs. 10,200
- Saidan HYA – Rs. 30,000
- M. Ramthar HYA – Rs. 12,600
- Khawmawi HYA – Rs. 13,080
- Sielmat HYA – Rs. 86,510
- Lamka HYA – Rs. 1,500
- Rengkai HYA – Rs. 1,21,500
- Muolvaiphei HYA – Rs. 1,000
- Saikot HYA – Rs. 26,960
- V & K HYA – Rs. 2,550
- Muolbem HYA – Rs. 3,000
- Thenmuol HYA – Rs. 11,450
- Ngurte HYA – Rs. 10,310
HYA extends its heartfelt gratitude to all individuals and families associated with HYA branches within HYA Tuithaphai for their steadfast support. President Timothy Z Zote and Secretary Lalvulsang Infimate, on behalf of HYA Tuithaphai JHQ, expressed their sincere thanks to all the donors. “Your selfless contributions will have a significant impact on the lives of those affected by the crisis. May God bless each one of you for your generosity and kindness,” they stated in the release.