Maling Gombu

South-South Fellow

India

Biography

Maling Gombu, received his Law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 1999. He worked for 11 years with the government of India in different departments and in 2009 he left to work full time for “Youth Action for Social Welfare,” Tawang, a voluntary organization he founded in 1993 in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The purpose of the organization is to work for Socio-Culture and Education in the Monpa Himalayan Tribe bordering with China and Bhutan.  He is currently Chairman (Hony) of the organization. (For more about the organization, see below.)

Maling Gombu is also working for Mon autonomous region demand proposal (a movement to gain autonomy for four districts of the state). The group advocates for sociopolitical transition through peaceful methods, focusing on the local knowledge of health and governance through Pancahayat (Traditional knowledge) bodies, like Tsorkhan, Kebang etc.

He is a social activist and has attended seminars and workshops at the state and national level in India and has also organized a number of such events focusing on state building through sustainable development and peace initiatives. He was awarded a diploma in International Human Rights Law by the Strasbourg University in 1999.

Mr Maling Gombu and his wife live in Mon Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India. They have two sons.

More information about “Youth Action for Social Welfare”

It was felt that the efforts of the Government in education needed the assistance of voluntary organizations to be more effective. In order to support the Government effort, “Youth Action for Social Welfare” started work in education in 2004 by starting a residential school in the remote Himalayan belt of India bordering with Bhutan on the east and (Tibet) China on the west.

Buddha Culture and Education Foundation Monastic School Pharmey Hoongla, Lumla Subdivision Tawang District Arunachal, established in 2004, is a Co-Educational fully residential school started for the economically weaker and poor section of the district with education based on tradition and culture. It currently has an enrollment of 215 children up to class VIII. The plan is to eventually go up to class XII. The permanent school building is funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

In the year 2008-09, we entered into MOU with the Education department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, India for running two residential schools for Girls from Class VI to X under the name of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, named after the wife of father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi at Lumla and Tawang.

KGBV  Tawang has 210 girls (from class VI to VIII --150 girls and Class IX & X --60 girls) KGBV, Lumla has a total of 160 girls from class VI to VIII -- 100 girls and Class IX & X -- 60 girls).

Other activities of “Youth Action for Social Welfare” are  the preservation of unique Himalayan culture & tradition by working and promoting the traditional designs, paintings, wood carving, handicraft & handloom through vocational Training and education to students and laymen, craftsmen and youth.

 Gonpas / Monasteries in the region are great centers of learning and culture which needs support from time to time. “Youth Action for Social Welfare” works with them to make them self-reliant and to give exposure to modern education. The monasteries presently under support are the Nagongma Nunnery, above Thongleng village, Jhurchung Gonpa above Lumla town on the hills, Muyo Gonpa, Flaboo Gonpa, Suhung Gonpa, Bomja Gonpa , Pharmey Gonpa and Kangmani Gonpa.

 The organization is working in community projects to strengthen the social base through rural development work. It has undertaken the Wasteland development through Horticulture Plantation by Community mobilization and fruit plants -- orange, Walnut, Apple, Guava, and Pomegranate etc. in Hoongla village area. The project is developed by involving the community on a cooperative basis. Also, Afforestation & Plantation work at Jangmakhartse of land belonging to Kharteng village was taken up for plantation with the village community in the year 2001-02. Today the Pine & Oak Plantation has grown and has good green cover.