Carved out of the State of Meghalaya in the year 1976, West Khasi Hills District is the largest district out of the eleven districts in Meghalaya. The District Headquarter is Nongstoin. It has a population of over 28,742 and is inhabited by hundreds of villages of the Maram community. Nongstoin is a small town still on a long and arduous way on the road to development. Lacking in almost all areas of development, and notwithstanding the various Central and State developmental Schemes, this tiny little town is grappling to even afford the most basic of necessities. With the District fast becoming a tourist destination, the absence of such amenities like electricity among other things really does take this town backward by few years.
The households around Nongstoin Town have achieved almost complete electric connection. But the streets of this town are plunged into darkness when the evening comes. Street lighting in Nongstoin is a sad absence. The people of this town have been compelled to accept the perils of walking out at night in complete darkness. Old and elderly people returning from evening church service have often ended up in hospitals due to a bad fall. The sick and the young find it hard to move around. Needless to say , dark alleys and by-lanes are where the danger thrives. Many shops have been robbed and crimes of the highest order has happened because the darkness made it easier for the culprit carry out business.
In addition to this , when the people who are familiar with their town still grope for their way in the dark, tourists and newcomers to this place find it impossible to locate even the simplest direction. Many a time they lost their way and the destination to a beautiful place became a nightmare of sorts only because of the absence of light in the street.
The task of lighting up a town is in itself a herculean one. Waiting for it to happen through Government intervention will take many many years , while people will have lost lives and properties only due to the lack of a well lit town. If we could put our efforts together and pool in what we can give , the story of Nongstoin Town will be a different one in a short time. Saving lives and giving light at the same time. As a place waiting to be discovered;unimaginably and effortlessly beautiful, this town timidly waits to be lighted up and let the world see what it can give. The town is peopled by those who mostly exist on a meager existence. Saving up for this cause will not be possible for those living from hand to mouth. A generous help from each willing hand will go a long way to help achieve this dream.