The NorthEast Young Heroes Awards premiered on Tuesday, December 22.
A total of 150+ nominations came for 10 different fields which include healthcare, administration, tourism, etc. The jury shortlisted 50 of them and the voting lines were open from December 10 to December 18.
In the category of social entrepreneurship, the top spot was clinched by Miguel Queah from Assam. Other nominations in the same category included Paul Chawang, Olivia Deka, and Akole Tsuhah.
An alumnus of St. Stephens College, Delhi; Miguel Queah is one of the youngest crusaders of child protection in northeast India. He founded UTSAH, a Guwahati based non-profit that works on “justice for children”, especially for children who are affected by sexual violence. He has provided end-to-end psychosocial and legal assistance to over 300 child survivors. Through his outreach programme, Miguel has provided immersive child safety training to over two lakh children – in communities and schools across Assam.
Miguel has undertaken several systems change initiatives as well. He has been instrumental in designing and rolling out the ‘Assam Police Sishu Mitra Programme’, one of the largest Child-Friendly Policing and Police Reform initiatives in the country. He has mentored and trained over 500 police personnel in child protection across the state of Assam.
Miguel also plays an active role in the Child Protection Committee, Child Labour Task Force Committee, and Joint Task Force for Women and Children, of Kamrup Metro, Assam.