India, Asia

IND12a - Rural Health Care Development

Partnership Ref.:



Subong Aier



Funding Status:

Completed - Self-sustaining

Partnership Type:

Community / Agriculture Development, Humanitarian, Training / Education

Funding Size:

$0 - $2,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 0

Connected To:



Population: 1.2 billion

Life Expectancy: 63.4 years

GDP: US$1017 per capita

Unemployed: 10%

37% earn less than US$2/day

Current Partnership Impact

6 families are being assisted

6 people are in vocational or agricultural training

Partnership Overview

making a differenceAlong the Indo Myanmar border there is a great deal of poverty and neither government has effective policies to deal with the underlying issues. Bright Hope Nagaland (BHN) has a clear strategy and has already started implementing it. For a number of years they have been running medical camps / clinics in rural areas of North India. Typically they would bring together a team of doctors and medical professional volunteers and go to a selected place for a few days to run clinics. This is usually done alongside the work of a church planter. This has had short term benefits for the local people. 

As this has developed the BHN leadership team has formed a medical subcommittee to deal with the issues, come up with strategies and provide leadership. The constant feedback from the medical people attending the clinics, especially the clinics along the border regions, is that something had to be done about the lack of basic health and hygiene in rural villages. Many, in fact most, of the cases they see are the result of ignorance about basic nutrition and hygiene. 

making a differenceCompounding the issue along the border is that most of those coming to the clinics are from Myanmar and there is nothing they can do at the State or Governmental level to deal with the issues.

BHN asked Bright Hope World to join them in a partnership where we would fund the training of three medical health workers per year in Nagaland. They will be people from Myanmar and will be selected from Bible Schools in Nagaland. They will be given a year's training and once trained will return to their homes in Myanmar to work in rural health. They will be given a medical kit to do their work and BHN will provide them with medicines and other requirements and mentor them. Over time they will also teach agriculture and other things to the village people. 

History of Partnership

Bright Hope World team members first met Reverend Subong Aier in 2003. He was on the leadership team at SAIACS in Bangalore and he and his wife ran a boarding hostel for Naga young people in the city. We continued to follow his journey and in 2005 he told us of a vision he had to return to Nagaland and establish a holistic ministry emphasizing integrated farming techniques. 

In 2006 BHW staff visited Dimapur and liked what we saw. Subong had pulled together some high calibre people to commence a farm. The purpose of the farm was to generate income to be used for the establishment of community development partnerships, to model more efficient methods of farming and to provide livestock for the establishment of small scale farms. In 2008 BHW commenced a partnership with Subong and provided resources to help estalish the farm (IND12).  

The farm has been self-sustaining since 2011 but we have remained in regular contact with Subong.  In late 2014 BHW's Field Director visited Nagaland and following his visit a decision was made to recommence our partnership with BHN in this new area. 

being helpedBeneficiaries

The beneficiaries are the rural, tribal people of Myanmar and also India who live along the border between the two countries. Directly the beneficiaries are those being trained as rural health workers.  

What We Like About The Partnership

1) They are addressing an identified need that is crucial to the development of these neglected people
2) They have already started implementing their strategy
3) They have great people leading the initiative
4) They are connected to local churches and church planters 
5) They are doing it in cooperation with other agencies and government health programmes


Key People

Leadership Profile

great manN. Subong Aier was born and brought up in Mopungchuket Village, Nagaland, India. He became a Christian in 1973 and since that day has been a follower of Jesus Christ. He received his primary school education in the village and went to high school in Mokokchung town. He then studied for his BTH in Calcutta, and both a Master of Biblical Studies (MBS) and Master of Theology (MTH) in Bangalore. 

Subong is married to Narola Walling, a theological graduate, who was willing to serve the Lord with him. They have been blessed with five children, three daughters and two sons. On 28th April 2002 he was ordained as a minister by the Ao Baptist Churches Association at Mopungchuket Baptist Church. 

While working as Registrar at SAIACS Bible College in Bangalore, God gave them a new vision. The vision was for a holistic ministry and emphasized integrated farming techniques; this had been neglected by the churches in Nagaland. This was a new approach but applicable and effective in the current context, especially in the trouble torn and neglected state of Nagaland. In 2005 they left SAIACS Bangalore and returned to Nagaland to undertake the task and established Bright Hope Nagaland Farm (IND12).

Other People Involved

Dr Obangjungla Ao is the doctor in charge of the medical ministry of Bright Hope Nagaland. She was brought up in a Christian family. Her father was a doctor (physician) by profession and her mother a home maker. She was one of nine siblings, she was number five. There are four doctors in their family.

Dr Ao has the qualification of a MBBS graduate and Fellowship in HIV/AIDS and is presently taking a Family Medicine course. She is a government employee at the rank of deputy director Health and Family Welfare Department. She is married to Mr Benjung Aier who is a businessman and they have a son.

Dr Ao is actively involved in church activities, health care to the unreached and needy with a holistic approach, church planting, and free charity clinics for poor communities. She has been an active member of BHN since the beginning. She has the opportunity to instill a holistic approach to medicine in BHN and has been appointed as the coordinator of the Medical Ministry. Even though she is a busy government servant, she actively supports BHN through prayer, finances and is committed to fulfill great mission work until God calls her home.


Vision And Annual Strategy

making a differenceThe vision is to improve the health of the local, rural, border people so they become more aware about how to raise their children better and to give them opportunity to hear the Good News. 

The strategy is to train three (initially) rural health workers per year and send them out to ply their trade in the rural villages of Myanmar. In five years there will be a large number of these people spread throughout the region. 

From time to time BHN will also send teams of specialists to support the rural health workers. 


Annual Budget

The annual budget to train three health workers is US$2,640.

BHN will raise funds from it's farming operations and well wishers in Nagaland to cover the costs of supporting and mentoring the people out in the field and also to supply them with medicines. The health workers will charge a minimal fee for their work and this will be their income. 


Personal Testimony

Real "Life Change" Stories

BHW's Field Director spent three days on one of the medical camps in November 2014. Almost 700 people were treated over two days on the ground in Longwa, the northern main area of crossing between Myanmar and Nagaland, India. It is hard to describe the people who came apart from saying that even as a layperson, it was obvious these people were dirty, malnourished and ill. 

He watched the doctors dealing with them and the complaints were largely coughs, chest infections, stomach issues, ulcers and intestinal worms. There were very few major medical issues. This reinforced that the strategy BHN has developed has some real merit.