New Delhi: Ungma, a village in Mokochung district of Nagaland, is a cultural hub for the Ao Naga tribe in Nagaland. Considered to be the oldest village of
Ao Nagas, the village is famous for its spectacular celebrations of traditional Naga festivals. Though, the village is rich in both natural and cultural beauty,
it is largely unheard of in the mainland. To bridge the gap between Ungma and the whole of North-East India and mainland India, an NGO came up with
the most interesting endeavor which involves education and books.
Sarvahitey, which means the well-being of all, an NGO based in New Delhi and which has already taken up several initiatives to improve the quality of
education for underpriviledged in the NCR region, has now stretched its reach to the North East India. Starting at Ungma in Nagaland, the NGO plans
to slowly spread its wings to all the seven sisters and Sikkim. With books donated by people from across the country, the NGO is in the process of upgrading
the existing community library in the village. The first library in Ungma village, Mokokchung will be inaugurated by Justice L.S. Jamir, Executive Chairman,
NSLSA and Guwahati High Court Judge on December 12.
The upgradation of the library is part of the NGO's original idea to build 1000 'cultural community centres' around the country. These centres apart from the
usual function of a library would also double up as digital literacy centres, knowledge exchange hubs and skill training centres for local youth.