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Enote 122                                                                 June 30, 2016

A note from India

Dear Friends,

Facts and figures are fair enough to give a general overview of the work we are doing, but they miss the important effects our programs have on individuals. So I’d like to include in this note a story or two about our students.

Lindy recently sent this note about Lalnuntluanga, a student we supported in university.

“Life,” says Lalnuntluanga “is very different between educated and uneducated people. To be a good citizen, to get a good job, to be a good servant, to be a good worker, to be a good leader, [and] to be a good helper for others, being educated is a must.” With limited financial resources, Lalnuntluanga’s family could not send him to post-secondary school. Unable to advance his education, Lalnuntluanga felt that his future was “dark and hopeless,” but after meeting him in Aizawl, we granted him a scholarship sufficient to cover 90% of the cost to enter college – what he called a “bright new hope” for his future.

Lalnuntluanga enrolled in the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) course at Ziritiri Science College in Aizawl and graduated with pride in May 2012. He is now employed by Jivox Software India, a small IT company in Bangalore – India’s buzzing technology hub – as a Quality Assurance Engineer. The company specializes in high-tech advertising, and Lalnuntluanga ensures that all products are of the highest quality before being delivered to clients. He loves his job.

“I have so much hope for the future,” says Lalnuntluanga. “I hope to be a better man, better skilled, [and grow] in terms of responsibility and income. Last be not least,” drawing inspiration from the Bracketts and their volunteers, “I would like to become a person like you who [helps] others.”

Lalnunsiama, our second student sat the examination for medical school in 2012 and achieved a rank of 41. To enroll for an MBBS degree, a rank of 40 is required. He wanted to try again another year, so we supported his efforts by granting him 10,000 Rs ($170) for coaching. At the time of the October report he had been in the hospital for two weeks with malaria P. V. When we interviewed him at midyear, we were dismayed to find that he looked poorly, and the doctor had determined that he was malnourished. Lindy and Liz both offered tips on a healthy diet, and Lindy showed him how to make dahl. Pianga later reported that this time Lalnunsiama attained a rank of 4 in all of Mizoram, out of 2000 students that take the exam. He was admitted to the Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, and is in his first year there now. He reports “The big problem is that all the teachers use Hindi for teaching the class and I don't understand what they said. All our seniors also faced this problem when they started. I hope I can manage. We have a study hall and library, I use the library to study until 2:00 am.

Chin Chin is our helper in visiting towns and villages in Mizoram. She brings money to support our programs there. the following is taken from an email she wrote recently to Lindy.

"How are you doing today? I hope you are in good health and your family too. I, too am good. I came back form my trip to Aizawl before last night. All the students were good. On the 15th of this month I took Rs. 130000. How I used and all the spending I'm sending to you by attack files as well as the children's first semester report. If there is something more you want to know you can always ask me. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe in every way.

Your's Chinchini"

Liz likes the 'attack files'; she surely meant attached files.

Lalnuntluanga

Lalnuntluanga

Lalnunsiama

Lalnunsiama

Chin Chin

Chin Chini

Well I guess that enough for today, except to say remember,

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Best Wishes to all,

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