On Sunday 15th May we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Lamboi Haokip to the Lighthouse Support Centre.
Lamboi was born and raised in a small remote village in the state of Manipur in North-East India. It was a 5 hour walk from the nearest shop, crossing mountains & jungles to get there, and with no electricity, no school facilities, and no governmental input.
At the age of 15yrs, the death of his mother forced Lamboi to cease his basic education and work in the rice fields to support his siblings. For ten years he worked hard, living day to day to earn enough money to put food on the table. Lamboi describes this as “the darkest ten years of my life”. He had no hope for the future and no chance to continue his education.
But he depended on God and eventually left Manipur and moved to North India to further his education, leading to the completion of a PhD in University of Aberdeen in 2011.
Lamboi is now the Founding President of the Bethesda-Khankho Foundation, seeking to help people like himself; those living in disadvantaged tribal communities in India. Bethesda is committed to support and transform the lives of those living in these communities through establishing world-class schools, colleges, research centres and community development projects.
When he visited, Lamboi shared his work with the Sundays @ Lighthouse group and engaged well with those in attendance. In response, the group raised an incredible £217.50 to go to the work in Bethesda, with the intention of on-going sending monthly support to the team in India. The children made butterfly crafts for him to take back to the orphanage and some requested the opportunity to begin a Pen Pal relationship with the orphans.
For more information, please visit the Bethesda-Khanko Foundation website.