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Twenty two year old Seiphu Khongsai hails from Simol Village in Senapati district, Manipur. Seiphu lives with his parents and a brother and two sisters. He was born and brought up in a very poor family, he wanted to study in a good school like his friends but his parents were unable to support his education.

In course of time he grew very frustrated and started developing a negative attitude towards life. He started drinking and quarreling and occasionally beating up his family members. His studies also took a beating and he failed in his Higher Secondary examination.

 

During this time under the youth development intervention a livelihood programme was introduced in Simol and its neighbouring villages. He received information about this programme but was reluctant to participate. Finally motivated by his friends’ experiences, he decided to participate in the livelihood training on poultry farming. He was really inspired to see that how youth eke out a living by adopting livelihood practices such as poultry farming and mushroom cultivation.

 

He also participated in the life skill education training conducted as part of the programme. He was trained on the World Health Organisation (WHO) modules based on the ten core life skills – self awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication skills, interpersonal relationship, problem solving skills, decision making skills, coping with emotions and coping with stress. This training became the turning point in his life.

 

He realized his fault and decided to stop drinking and quarreling with family members. Seipu further started mushroom cultivation for the purpose of his family’s consumption. He is now able to control his emotions, realized his strengths and weakness and has engaged himself in community development activities like cleaning village roads and constructing dust bin pith etc.

 

Seipu reappeared and successfully cleared his Higher Secondary Examination. He is now pursuing Graduation from DM college of Arts, Imphal. He was recently elected as Information Secretary of SIMOL Youth club and has also become an active volunteer under the Youth Development Programme of IGSSS.