K. Ela: Recipient of NSCW Award 2024

BY | Thursday, 9 May, 2024

K. Ela. Director, Prodigals’ Home, has been in the Social Work sector for almost two decades.

Prodigals’ Home as an organisation has prioritised its focus on women’s issues, since the year 2000. At the Home, Ela heads the organisation which engages with vulnerable women and children, education and empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), rehabilitation of persons with substance/drug use disorder (men and women).

Ela was a recipient of the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) 2024 for her noteworthy contribution towards the marginalised and invisible communities in Naga society. The award was held during the International Women’s Day celebration in Kohima.

The organisation has been running the State Shelter Home for Women in Difficult Circumstances till date. Despite numerous challenges (told and untold), issues confronting women has been addressed in collaboration with likeminded organisations and Individuals. K.Ela has taken on the leadership courageously and compassionately in addressing even life threatening situations concerning women victims. And through the running of the exclusive women’s health clinic for women in high risk, women’s health seeking behaviour, their safety, security and wellbeing has improved remarkably.

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The organisation also works with high risk migrant population, where, under the leadership of K. Ela, the first ever program of community based rehabilitation (CBR) of PwDs was initiated in the state.

Emergency toll free Child Helpline (1098) in Nagaland was successfully launched first in Dimapur with Prodigals’ Home as the collaborative organisation. Hundreds of women and girl child victims have been rescued, rehabilitated, and restored under Ela’s dynamic leadership and committed Childline team. With a heart to address the issues of child rights violation on illegal adoption of children, documentation of Naga customary practices of child adoption was initiated and compiled, which was supported by the Department of Social Welfare, Nagaland.

Wide awareness, education, sensitisation and trainings on these crucial issues have been conducted amongst all sections of the society with K. Ela as resource person and trainer. She is trained on various issues the organization engages with at the state, regional, national and international level, and has impacted the lives of the community at all levels.



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