Chin University Students Contributed for Community
12 May 2011: As part of its 4-day seminar held in Thantlang Town, the Chin University Student Fellowship (CUSF) planted trees including cherries and pines, and donated bags of clothes to orphans last week.
Decisions made at the 13th meeting attended by more than 150 students from Hakha, Falam, Tedim and Thantlang included a programme of putting up a giant clock and a public notice board in the town centre.
“All of us [students] walked around the town, made contributions toward helping the community, and gave away some clothes that each student brought to orphans looked after by Thantlang Baptist Church and Pu No Mang,” one of the student leaders told Chinland Guardian.
“We invited students from across Chin State but friends from far north and south could not come this time. Still, the number of attendance has been increasing and we all are excited about this gathering. We have plans to travel to other places in Chin State as well as in other parts of Burma such as Pakkoku.”
The students also made close friendship with local communities and churches in Thantlang through activities involving holding worship services, practicing a combined choir, playing social games, and shows of modern fashion and tradtional dresses.
Organised under the motto of ‘We are One in Chin’, the seminar hosted by Thantlang university students from 5-8 May, had paper presentations on ‘We are one in Chin’ by Dr. Hmuh Thang, Human Trafficking by Pu Ngun Hram, both from Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP); and Democracy and Minority Rights by Salai Ceu Bik Thawng, from Chin National Party (CNP).
Formed in 1998, the Chin University Student Fellowship (CUSF) has been actively engaged in forging closer cooperation and communication among students and with local communities through a yearly gathering programme held at different locations such as Hakha in 2008, Falam in 2009, and Tedim in 2010.
Van Biak Thang