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MIZO HMEICHHE INSUIHKHAWM PAWL (M.H.I.P)
The Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) was established on the
6th of July 1974 and was registered under Registration No. 5 of
1977, Society Act 1860 (Act XXI of 1960) It's Headquarter is
located at Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. The complete address
is Treasury Square, Aizawl. Tel 323 464.
The MHIP is one of the biggest voluntary organization in
Mizoram. Any organization that is solely engaged in Social
Welfare works may be affiliated to the MHIP. The area of work
covers the entire corner of the State. The organization is sub
divided into seven (7) sub-Headquarters. These sub-headquarter
are further divided into 16 blocks and 700
sub-headquarter are named after every District headquarters of
Mizoram which are -
Membership is accepted of any women from the age 14 years
onwards. A person can become a member of the MHIP on payment of
Rs 2/- to its branch in a village. It is therefore a strong
social forces devoted solely for the welfare and upliftment of
the weaker section of the society, particularly Women and Child
- Lunglei Sub-Headquarter
- Saiha Sub-Headquarter
- Lawngtlai Sub-Headquarter
- Serchhip Sub-Headquarter
- Champhai Sub-Headquarter
- Kolasib Sub-Headquarter
- Mamit Sub-Headquarter
THE MAIN AIMS, OBJECTIVE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION: The
basic principles of the MHIP is based on philanthropic social
work with no expectation of any return benefit. It aims at
creating a state of welfare in which every individual is cared
for irrespective of Caste or Creed. However, since it being a
women organization, most activities emphasis on upliftment of
WOMEN and CHILDREN. Some of these activities may be highlighted
FIGHTING AGAINST ATROCITIES WOMEN: The MHIP is a mother of all
women, the destitute and down trodden women, fighting for their
rights in all aspects of life. During the last five years in
Mizoram there are several rape and murder cases involving minor
girls and adult women. In protest against such inhuman behavior,
the MHIP General Hqrs organised a gigantic processions several
times in the major towns in Aizawl, Lunglei, Kolasib, Champhai
and Saiha. As a result of these strong protest, the State
Government took up the appropriate strong action against the
accused who were then convicted.
CHAMPION OF THE DESTITUTE: The Mizo Society is by Custom a
patriarchal Society. Women and children in this society were
generally considered inferior to man. However, in the wake of
modernization such consideration has become controversial. But
still there are the die hard who refused any change in customs
and traditions. A Mizo man may divorce his wife as he fancy and
drive her out empty handed without any means of supporting
herself. Women are often left socially and economically
neglected, such destitute women are compelled to earn their
living by any means, helpless to care for neither ethic or
morality with obvious consequences. Under such circumstances,
the MHIP take up the issued strongly as discriminatory and
unjust for the destitute women in general. The MHIP would
champion the issue to any high authority in the state.
MHIP AS A FAMILY COUNSELLING: The MHIP involved themselves
wherever there is a social injustice in the day to day family
life of the Community within their respective
branches/jurisdiction. The MHIP seek justice for women who are
beaten by their drunken husband, a child who is neglected in
nutrition or in other family and social life. An unmarried
mother would be given the proper guidance and Counseling,
sometimes even provided monetary or material support to the
destitute women and children. In some extraordinary cases where
some families needed medical treatment outside Mizoram, but too
poor to proceed are given a helping hand by the MHIP in such
difficult times of the family.
DECLARATION O WOMEN'S YEAR REVIEW OF MIZO CUSTOMARY LAW:
Gen. Hqrs. Declared "WOMEN'S YEAR" IN Mizoram 1997-2001 during
these period the Central theme of all activities focused on
creation of awareness in, " THE LOW STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE
SOCIETY". Most of their activities concerned in programs to
elevate the low status of women. In this regard, the MHIP had
been touring the length and breath of the state covering even
the most remote and interior villages. Workshops, seminars and
groups discussion are conducted. The major issue was " TO REVIEW
THE MIZO CUSTOMARY LAW", which provide very little right and
protection to the Mizo Women.
These movement has enlightened many of the younger generation of
today, and day by day it is gaining popularity and momentum. The
MHIP is now earnestly pursuing the matter with the state
Government to action in the matter and is now serious
LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND SOCIAL INTERACTION :With a view to
achieve a welfare state, a block level leadership training help
periodically. The theme of such training is " WOMEN IN MIZO
SOCIETY". These training The declaration of Women's Year and its
consequences have made the general populate aware of the
importance of uplifting the status of the Mizo Women.
The activities of the Organization in helping the destitute, the
down trodden and the weaker section of society in the social
economic and cultural life of the community has been widely
appreciated and recognized
While aiming for upliftment of women in the society, also
inculcate the role and responsibility of women in the Mizo
The feedback of these programme is very encouraging, and it is
an ongoing activity.
The MHIP is the biggest institution which take up the major
portion of the programmes to the Mizoram State Social Welfare
Advisory Board, these are :-
- Crèche Centres
- Condensed Course of Education
- Balwadi Centres
- Awareness Generation Projects
- Anganwadi Centres
- Family Counseling Centres
- Piggery Units
- Working Women Hostels
- Vocational Training Courses
Women Exhibitions: In taking up this programmes mention must be
made of the support and interest of the MHIP Gen Hqrs. Besides
the normal supervision of the State Board Officials, the MHIP
Gen. Hqrs. Make their own regular fields visits. They over see
and supervise the workings of its branches even to the most
interior and remote part of the state. These field visits are
purely voluntary on the part of the members with the expenses
borne by themselves.
Mandatory Activities. The MHIP Mizoram, inspite of its uncertain
financial sources never loss heart in attempting to help the
poor and the destitute. Every year, at Christmas it is mandatory
to visit the following institution with appropriate Gift
Packages for all the inmates.
- Civil Hospital, Aizawl.
- T.B. Hospital, Zemabawk
- Synod Hospital, Durtlang.
- Hermon Children Home, Durtlang.
- Central Jail, Tanhril.
- TNT Drugs Addict Camp, Zuangtui.
- De-addiction Centre, Arm Veng.
- SOG De-addiction Camp, Selesih.
- Blessing Home, Sakawrtuichhun.
- Muanna In - Destitute Home, Zuangtui.
- Social Guidance Agency, Tuikual.
- Motherless Baby Home, Durtlang
PERIOD FOR WHICH THE ORGANISATION HAS BEEN WORKING ON ISSUES
RELATING TO WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENT: The MHIP organization, since its
inception in 1974 aims at primary working for the upliftment of
Women in the Society. Today however, due to the actual need in
the community is has broadened its activities to several other
social problems; nevertheless the emphasis is always on problems
related to women. i.e. the MHIP has been working for the
development of women for the past 25 years. This year, 1999 it
is celebrating her Silver Jubilee during the month of June
between 24th June to the 6th of July.
The MHIP Gen. Hqrs. Mizoram is therefore a very strong
foundation of justice and social welfare in the state of
Mizoram. In its purview of work and operation there is no
discrimination on ground of caste, creed or religion. Although
the primary concerned is in upliftment of the weaker section of
the community, yet with demand of contemporary society, the
activities and the problems it takes varies in very many ways.
They take up the challenge of any Government, Semi Government,
or any NGO schemes as long as it is a means to help the
destitute and the weaker section of the society. In simple term
the MHIP organization may also be know as the mother of Social,
Economic and Cultural Liberty.
DETAILS OF WORK DONE BY THE INSTITUTION IN THE LAST 5 YEARS AND
ACHIEVEMENT AND OUTSTANDING WORK.
- Under the auspicious of the Department of Agriculture they take
up the NWDPRA scheme by which they launch an awareness campaign
in the rural areas of the state covering over 500 villages.
- Under the sponsorship of the Department of Horticulture they
organized a grand flower show/exhibition, with a very
encouraging participation and positive feedback from the public.
- Between 1996-97 they take up the Information, Education and
Communication (IEC) scheme from the Department of PHE . By this
scheme they launched another awareness campaign in rural area.
The coverage was over 300 villages. By this scheme they were
able to teach the villager community the importance of proper
latrines and toilets facilities for the better health. The
importance of a good hygiene source of clean drinking
water. They also taught the importance of safeguard the property
of the PHE Department. Supplied for public facilities,
particularly water pipes and tap etc.
In September 1996 they instituted the Indira Mahila Kendra in
many parts of the state. This is found to be very helpful for
the State Government as well as the individual member.
- Under the sponsorship of the Department of Health through the
SCOVA scheme the family planning scheme and distribution of
medicines was launched in the rural area. The coverage was over
- The MHIP Gen. Hqrs is launching a construction project costing
an estimate of 50 lakhs. This project is " HOME FOR THE ORPHAN
AND DESTITUTE WOMEN" at Beraw tlang, Aizawl.
- As a fund raising activity, under the sponsorship of the State
Government, the MHIP Hqrs. Organised candle making, Artificial
Flower making and a Jumble sale. Through this the organization
is able to raise Rs. 4,97,757.00.
- Construction of the Headquarters Office Building completed.
The Building is of two storey and RCC Concrete. It located at
Treasury Square, Aizawl. Another concrete Building has been also
completed at the New Market area, Aizawl. One floor of this
Building housed the Headquarters Office, and the rest are
let-out to very low income group people.
- In regards to the exact places where the work has been carried
out, it is impossible to name them all, because referring to the
above, it will be understood with such an organization of over
700 branches, the problem of naming them all is obvious.
- Source of funding for its activity : Referring back to the
information highlighted above it should be understood that the
MHIP is purely a Philanthropic Organisation. Since it inception
in 1974 it has never based its programmes and activities on
sound finance etc. Each financial problems is tackled as the
need arise. The chief source of finance is the membership fees.
In other requirements it based on donation and contribution.
When there is a requirement for big budget the whole
organization will take up fund raising programmes like, Hawking
of Vegetables, Carrying of Firewood and selling. Menial labour
work of any kind etc.
There is no assured financial provision from the State
Government, the Union Government or any Foreign Funding Agency.
This does not however imply that non is welcome. This
Organisation of Mothers base all their activities and programmes
in the simple philosophy: " Help the needy to help themselves".
They base on Devine guidance and the goodwill of all humanity
and …………….they survived.