Dimapur, Nagaland India
Program Starts 2015
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the far Northeastern part of India, Nagaland is home to over two million Nagas. Decades of political instability severely undermined Naga society, stalled development, diminished economic opportunity and hope. Access to education and basic healthcare, inadequate housing, sanitation and nutrition continues to plague many parts of Nagaland and poses a serious threat to the recovery and wellness of Naga society.
Further, Nagaland’s proximity to Bangladesh, Burma and the Himalayan foothills makes it an easy access point into India for immigrants and refugees escaping environmental disasters, economic devastation and political turmoil.
Easily accessed, Dimapur is the destination for most displaced groups adding to the existing challenges of a struggling society and elevating risks for sex and human trafficking and environmental devastation. In spite of the continued challenges Nagas are a resilient people! Years of relative peace and stability have rekindled the aspirations of Nagas. Nagaland is poised to seize the winds of cultural, social and economic revitalization.
The Dimapur Initiative is a protracted effort designed to address mitigating living conditions and issues confronting Nagas displaced by environmental and economic outcomes. CDDS seeks to circumvent these conditions and alleviate suffering by developing sustainable projects, addressing basic health challenges, increasing access to education and venues for business innovation.
The initiative begins with establishing mobile medical camps to help identify and address health issues exacerbated by displacement. The project will expand to include developing water filtration plants designed to filter lead and other toxins, which contributes to health issues currently facing women and children of Nagaland. The final phase of the initiative includes education, business development. This is a protracted effort implemented in phases in collaboration with local organizations and businesses in Nagaland, India.
In the near future CDDS will collaborate with Project C.U.R.E., launch and facilitate medical camps for displaced populations in Dimapur, Nagaland.