Since 2004, the Kohima Educational Trust through its affiliate the Kohima Educational Society, formed by leading Nagas in 2007, has financed many projects to aid education in Nagaland such as a children’s hostel, a basketball pitch, a reference library, medical training, a Master’s Degree for a Naga teacher, a bibliography of Naga literature and a glossary of sixteen Nagaland languages.
Outstanding among these projects has been the provision of scholarships for 14 to 18-year-old Naga children, which has appealed to hundreds of British donors, led by veterans and their families, who have been moved by the Kohima Educational Trust and this exemplification of gratitude.
The Scholarships are awarded annually every March in Kohima when each scholar is invited to write to his or her donor, and many individual friendships have been formed between donors and scholars. The scholars are selected by the Kohima Educational Society in conference with schools and churches, on the grounds of ability and need. Some of the scholars have just one living parent. Some are orphans.