Itanagar: We have heard of many heroes — heroes like Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave it to the poor and heroes like Spiderman and Superman who’ve been saving people from their perils — who may be fictitious in nature but popular for one single thing: their common goal to help the ones in need.
Meet Rimmo Lollen.
The 30-year-old engineering graduate, who hails from Aalo in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, is no superhero, but for many ‘he is a friend of the poor’. His selfless character and determination to help the poor, needy and underprivileged children has earned him a lot of love and admiration from people across the state.
Pictures and videos of Rimmo carrying bulks of donated unused clothes and goodies and then handing them to the poor and needy have been making the rounds of several social media platforms and creating a positive impact.
EastMojo reached out to him to know more about him and his altruistic works. “Divine Child Health and Education focuses on the uplift of health and education of youths and children, mostly of those who belong to Arunachal. Through this NGO, I have helped several cancer patients and also sponsored many students for their studies,” said Lollen, the founder of the NGO and the only person working for the cause.
“I am planning to go big with a sponsorship programme this year and intend to sponsor 150 students from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat,” said Lollen, who has already sponsored many such students.
Besides extending sponsorship to students, Lollen’s main deed has been that of collecting unused clothes and goods from the ones who are self-sufficient and handing them over to the ones who aren’t.
“We always see him carrying boxes and bags which are full of clothes, shoes and toys,” said one of his friends who did not want to be named.
When questioned on what inspired him to take up this noble deed, Lollen said, “A few years ago, when I was into event management, a friend of mine asked me to help him organise a charity event. After the event the money collected was given to a cancer patient. The way in which the patient appreciated my effort was heart touching and that was the moment time when I made up my mind to do something for such needy people.”
Although Lollen is always open for a few helping hands, he said that many approached him to join his journey; however, “most of them were after money and not the cause”.
Speaking about how the thought of distributing unused clothes came to his mind, Lollen said, “If someone takes a tour with me, then he or she would realise that there are a lot of people (mostly children) who do not even have proper clothes to wear. There are also many labourers, daily-wage earners, many who still wear torn clothes and do not have enough privilege to buy new ones.”
“Many people come to me and ask where in Arunachal you will give these clothes. According to those individuals, Arunachal is self-sufficient and does not have beggars in society. Yes, there are no beggars but there are people who are very poor and can’t even afford proper clothing, forget other necessities,” he added.
Also as I run an NGO that doesn’t mean that I should only help Arunachalis, there are many people from outside the state and who work here who are in need, he said.
Lollen informed EastMojo that he has so far covered half of Arunachal distributing clothes and goodies and he would be off for his next tour soon. “There are at least four to five districts I am yet to cover,” he said.
People, especially children, appreciate my effort and the smile which I see on their faces after handing over the clothes and goodies is priceless. This is enough to push me to carry on with this journey of mine, Lollen said.
Lollen also intended to take this initiative out of the state.
“Last year, I went to Nagaland and Manipur and the kind of response that I got from the people was quite satisfactory,” he said.
In terms of approaching any organisation or individual for assistance, Lollen said that though he has tried many times, the response has always been negative.
“When I go to an individual or institution asking for help, they (people) think that I am after money. Though I make sure that I ask for assistance in kind and not cash by the response from the ones I have tried to get in touch with has been discouraging,” he said.
Lollen said that he intends to take this endeavour on a full-time basis and for this he has appealed all the like-minded people to come and join him in his journey.
Someone rightly said: “You do not need a reason to help people.”