19th March is celebrated worldwide as Social Work Day. This year, to commemorate this day, the Department of Social Work of Martin Luther Christian University organised a special event on the theme “Promoting the importance of human relationships” in the university premises. The event was held in the presence of Dr. Glenn Kharkongor, Chancellor and Dr. Vincent Darlong Vice-Chancellor, Martin Luther Christian University along with representatives from Lamjingshai, Reach Shillong Ministries, ASER North East Network, Manbha Foundation and Mott McDonald.

Relating to this year’s theme, Mr. Wankmenlang Kharbuli and Mr. Emideiwahun Rangad, Assistant Professors of the Department presented on the activities and findings of the Department’s Community Camp 2019.

The students of BSW 6th Semester performed a role play on the role of social workers in helping vulnerable people through a multi-disciplinary approach. The objective of the play was to inform the audience about the channels that an HIV/AIDS patient or his or relatives can turn to for help if diagnosed with this disease and also the need to remove the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS patients.

Mr. Kevin Laldinthara, an MSW student narrated his moving experiences with street children with whom he interacted during his field work practicum. The impact of his engagement with the children was such that even today they remember him.

Dameshanbor Nongkhlaw, a BSW 6th Semester student, spoke at length on the theme and on the importance of human relationships as a basis of social work and also emphasised on the importance of networking amongst a community. He further spoke on the need of social workers to win the trust of a community and nurturing a relationship with them by investing and engaging with that community.

This was followed by a cultural play where the students of MSW 2nd Semester enacted the popular folk tale of the ‘Iar Ryngkuh’s (cock) successful efforts to bring back a disgruntled Mei ‘Ngi (Sun) that refused to shine because of a feud with her brother Bnai (moon). ‘Iar Ryngkuh succeeded in his efforts as a mediator appointed by the Hynniew Trep (seven tribes) after the Kohkarang (hornbill) and the Shad Kyrtok (peacock) failed to persuade her. The play ended by a message that it is only with humility, like that of the Iar Ryngkuh, that one can overcome challenges.

Dr. Vincent Darlong, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, in his speech, lauded the efforts of the Department in organising the event and was especially appreciative of the cultural performances by the students. Speaking on the theme, Dr. Darlong said that social capital, in the form of human relationships, is the most important asset of communities worldwide and encouraged the Social Work students to contribute to the community by taking the initiative of establishing a relationship with it.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Ibasaralyne Thabah Synthiang.

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