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Presentation Mission, Nonghyllam

  • Founded in: 1992
  • Location: Nonghyllam, South West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
  • Diocese: Nongstoin
  • Demographics: Rural, Tribal
  • Ministries: Pastoral Care, Education, Community Development
  • Partners in Mission: Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians.

 

The Presentation Mission at Nonghyllam which lies at the remotest and least accessible corner of the State of Meghalaya serves 45 villages with Garo and Lingam tribal population. There are 700 families and 4,000 catholics. Jingaiti Secondary School offers education up to Grade X, and has 577 students and 25 teaching staff. There are seven other village schools catering to 760 students with the help of 39 teaching staff. Some of these schools offer studies in English medium and others, in Khasi medium. There are separate hostels for boys and girls with a combined intake of 120. The parish also has a dispensary that provides health and hygiene awareness as well as provide the medical care for the people.

 

Key Achievements:

  • The Mission serves a population that literally lives on the margins of the society, geographically, economically, and socially. Given the remoteness of the place and the lack of amenities for the people, the parish, with its schools and dispensary, serves as a spiritual, educational, and developmental lifeline for the people.
  • Regular “Sobhas” (conventions) provide much needed spiritual care for people in remote villages under the mission.
  • Successful Total Sanitary Campaign (TSC) in line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Active participation of the laity, women, and the youth.

 

Needs/Challenges Ahead:

  • Pastoral and Catechetical training for community leaders
  • Infrastructural upgrading of the school
  • Indoor and Outdoor sports facilities
  • Greater stability of the staff and need for qualified teachers willing to serve in such remote areas.