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Centre for Community Initiative (CCI) - Churachandpur

Updated: Jul 13

Centre for Community Initiative (CCI) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organisation started on 7 March 2002 by like-minded individuals and restructured in 2007 to deal with various issues to provide a better society through community initiative and participation for the welfare of society and in particular to persons with disabilities (PwDs).

With the vision of building a healthy and just society with equal opportunities for all, CCI has expanded its focus area and work towards the upliftment of the marginalised communities through different livelihood and sustainable development programmes. It also shares, listens, commits and works towards building a responsive society in which the community can explore their potential and grow in self-esteem to enjoy full participation in the community.



Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic


Centre for Community Initiative, as an organisation, contributes towards the society in the best of possible ways during this time of crisis. CCI in collaboration with partner NGOs, distributed relief materials such as food items, PPE kits, medical supplies and conducting training on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), etc.


Distribution of Food Items


Distribution of food items during this pandemic was conducted in 5 different phases. The beneficiaries for these relief were PWDs or families of the most vulnerable groups. CCI is truly blessed with good friends, humble supporters and generous well-wishers and we express our gratitude to all who have made this act of humanity possible in these trying times. While we urge everyone to stay strong and responsible in fulfilling our parts in the fight against the Novel Coronavirus, we would also like to state our availability and willingness to reach out and assess more deserving families door to door of the most vulnerable sections of the society, including families of PwDs. It is only with your generous contributions that we are able to deliver our service to those in need.


Phase 1: For the first time during this Covid-19 pandemic, CCI has successfully delivered essential food items (25 kg rice, 1 kg of dal, 1 kg of salt, 2 kg of potato, 1 litre cooking oil) to 23 families of persons with disabilities (PwDs) on 20 and 21 April 2020 in and around Churachandpur town. With great concern for the well-being of PwDs and their families, CCI and its dedicated staff have unanimously agreed to collect contributions from its staff and well-wishers.



Phase 2: After having read and learned about our COVID-19 Emergency Relief – delivering of food items to families of the most vulnerable sections of the community, donations and contributions poured in from friends and well-wishers, enabling us to reach out to 20 more families on 23 April 2020.


CCI expresses its gratitude to all who have made this act of humanity possible in these trying times.



Phase 3: For the third time, Centre for Community Initiative was able to organize COVID-19 Emergency Relief – distribution and delivery of essential food items to another 35 families of the most vulnerable sections of the society, including families of persons with disabilities in and around Churachandpur District with contributions and support received from generous well-wishers on 27 April 2020.

The beneficiaries were again shortlisted based on a pre-assessment format and process conducted amongst the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project areas, families of The Malsawm Initiative (TMI) students, families of Churachandpur District Disability Union (CDDU) members and families of Association of Persons with Disabilities (APD) members. CCI was able to reach out to 78 families and distributed 1950 kg of rice, 211 kg of aloo, 78 kg of dal, 78 kg of salt and 78 litres of refined cooking oil.



Phase 4: CCI-CBR has extended its hands once again in this time of difficulties and distributed various items as relief on 1 June 2020 to 50 beneficiaries in its project areas of 25 villages within Tuibong TD Block, Churachandpur District, Manipur. The relief items included a total of 1250 kg rice, 50 kg dal, 50 litres of oil, 50 kg salt, 50 kg potatoes, 50 bottles of hand sanitizers, 200 masks and multiple first aid medicines.



Phase 5: On 26 June 2020, in observance of Unau Day (Sibling Day) 2020, CCI in collaboration with CBM/RAISE-NE distributed essential food items around New Lamka area. This distribution was done in collaboration with the Village Authority from Hebron Veng, Nghathal, Zion Veng, College Veng, G Tonjang, Kanaan Veng, Vengnuam South, Vengnuam, V Munhoih, Khominthang, Simveng, Bible Hill and Rengkai.

The distributed essential items to 100 households included 2500 kg rice, 200 litres cooking oil, 200 kgs dal, 200 kgs potato, 100 kg sugar, 100 kg salt, 100 kg milk powder, 100 kg mangan, 100 masala powder and 200 kg onion.




Phase 6: For the sixth time, CCI with the support from GiveIndia, distributed dry rations in various villages at the outskirts of Lamka Town, the heart of Churachandpur on 7 July 2020. Various beneficiaries which totalled up to 197 household or families were identified in seven villages with the help of their Village Chiefs or Village Authorities namely Mata Mualtam, Lamzang, Phaibem, M. Lunmual, Kullian, Hiangdung and Geljang.


The distributed essential dry rations to 197 households included 4,925 kg rice, 394 litres cooking oil, 394 kg dal, 394 kg potato, 197 kg sugar, 197 kg salt, 197 kg milk powder, 197 kg Mangan, 197 masala powder and 394 kg onion.




With the initiative from CCI (support from CBM ER) in collaboration with District Administration and the CMO Office, training of SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for Volunteers of Community Quarantine Centres (CQC) across the district was organised on both Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 April 2020 at GNM Training Hall, District Hospital.

Protective Gears distribution


1. A drive for distribution of protective gears – masks, gloves and hand sanitizers was conducted at the District CMO’s Office, Casualty, Isolation Ward, Medical Superintendent’s Office, Police Department, Community Mobilizer and more than 54 Community Quarantine Centres and Institutional Quarantine Centres.

This health and wellness drive was an initiative taken under CBM – ER on 29 May 2020. The drive was aimed towards the health and safety of the frontline workers, volunteers, task forces, etc. at the respective centres.


2. Centre for Community Initiative (CCI) distributed face shields to the Health Department, Churachandpur on 8 June 2020. A total of 20 (pcs) was given to the CMO office, another 20 (pcs) was given to the Medical Superintendent Office and 40 (pcs) to Quarantine Centre In-charge Dr Sania. These face shields were donated to CCI by our well-wisher, Mrs Urmi Buragohain from Imphal.



3. CCI in collaboration with CBM donated 2 unit of Oxygen Concentrator to the District Hospital on 26 June 2020.


Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) Training


1. With the initiative from CCI (support from CBM ER) in collaboration with District Administration and the CMO Office, training of SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) for Volunteers of Community Quarantine Centres (CQC) across the district was organised on 20 and 21 April 2020 at GNM Training Hall, District Hospital. Two representatives each from 46 CQCs under Churachandpur Sub-Division and Saikot Sub-Division have attended the training so far. These trainings are organised to provide volunteers and members of village task forces with all safety, health, environmental and operational information necessary to perform their job properly. N95 masks and gloves were provided to each CQCs who took part in the training.



2. Training on Standard Operating Procedure for Dead Body Management (COVID-19) was held at GNM Training Hall, District Hospital on 29 May 2020, with the initiative of CCI (support from CBM ER) in collaboration with District Administration and the CMO Office. The training was attended by more than 50 cemetery board members in and around Lamka town.



Awareness Videos


CCI has prepared six Covid-19 Awareness Videos in different local dialects with Sign Language and English subtitles.


1. Importance of Social Distancing in Paite Dialect with Sign Language.


2. Importance of Home Quarantine in Thadou-Kuki Dialect with Sign Language.


3. What is Coronavirus and its symptoms in Hmar Dialect with Sign Language.


4. How Coronavirus spreads and its prevention in Paite Dialect with Sign Language


5. Myths and Facts about COVID-19 in Thadou-Kuki Dialect with Sign Language.


6. COVID-19 Awareness in English with Sign Language.



Submitted by: Centre for Community Initiative (CCI), Churachandpur

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