Meet Manipur’s Mathanmi Hungyo who bagged “India’s COVID Heroes Award 2020”


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TNT Bureau
IMPHAL, Sep 14 : Meet Mathanmi Hungyo, a good samaritan for the people in Manipur, who worked effortlessly and never ceased to offer his service in a time of the pandemic. A social worker by profession, Hungyo was recently awarded “India’s COVID Heroes Award 2020” for his dedication in uplifting the common people of his home State.
The 27-year-old youth was born to a Tangkhul family in Imphal. He completed his schooling from Shillong and pursued a Master’s degree from the prestigious Delhi School of Social Work before establishing his organisation Recognise Rise and Empower Association (RREA).
Amidst the pandemic, his organisation has so far distributed rice, 3000 kilograms of lentils, 3500 soaps and 700 N-95 masks and 300 PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to the people of a remote district in Manipur called Kamjong during this COVID pandemic.
He was also appointed as the officer-in-charge of the COVID 19 Control Room for Kamjong district taking care of people who have been stranded in different parts of the country and making sure for their safe return to their villages after getting the quarantine period.
Mathanmi is among the 12 awardees for India’s COVID Heroes 2020 and the award also comprised a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for each of the awardees.
In the letter written by The Better India to Mathanmi Hungyo, it says “Salute you for efforts in providing relief to those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.”
Speaking to TNT-The Northeast Today, Manthanmi said, “I am the least deserving of the honour because there are people who are working and making a larger impact in this fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He also spoke about the potential of crowdfunding in helping people in need and said collaboration and collective efforts can do wonders.