Born (1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 63)
Tlangsam, Mizoram, India
OccupationSocial worker
Known forThutak Nunpuitu Team
ChildrenChawngnunmawii, Lalsangzuala, Zomuanpuia, Lalchhantluanga
AwardsPadma Shri (2024)
Mother Teresa Awards (2014)
Mizo Award (2014)

Sângthankima (born 18 October 1960) is a humanitarian and social worker in Mizoram, India.[1] He is the founder of Thutak Nunpuitu Team (TNT), a voluntary organisation, which runs the largest charitable institution (by the same name) in Mizoram. His institution, a registered society since 1991 under the Firms and Societies in India, started as a rehabilitation society for alcoholics in Champhai town. With donation of a plot of land in Aizawl city, it expanded into an orphanage with formal school, health centre, and sanatorium.[2] He received the Padma Shri Award in 2024.[3]


Sângthankima was born in Tlangsam village, near Champhai, in eastern Mizoram. He is the third eldest of nine children, two sisters and seven brothers. His father Lalruma Sailo (1933-2012) was a Church Elder in Champhai.[4] He is named after his grandfather Lalsanga, Chief of North Khawbung.[5] He completed primary school, but dropped out at entry of middle school at class five. He was into hard life in his youth, but became a born-again Christian in 1980, at age 20. He soon dedicated his evangelism for alcoholics. On 14 November 1988 he established a voluntary gospel organisation called Thutak Nunpuitu Team ("Practical Exemplar of Truth") at Champhai. The mission also took up social works such as caring for the disabled and orphans.[1] In 1991, K. Thangzuala, a philanthropist donated a large plot of land for his organisation at Zuangtui, adjacent to Aizawl, capital city of Mizoram.[6] He and his volunteers moved there and got formal registration as non-profit organisation under the Indian Firms and Societies Act.[2]

Thutak Nunpuitu Team

The organisation became synonymous with the institution, but which they officially called "Calvary Hospital".[6] The first official building was inaugurated on 17 June 1994.[7] The residence quickly expanded into an orphanage in 1995, offering formal education. It subsequently became rehabilitation for drug abusers and alcoholics, health centre for physically and mentally challenged people. Boarders include in addition to Mizo people, Chakma, Reang, Assamese, and Burmese. At one time, Burmese immigrants consisted as many as 70% of the total boarders.[8] Education now covers up to secondary level, and consists of school building, a computer training centre, a tailoring training centre, a candle making industry, a school of music and fine arts, weightlifting academy, and games and sports training centre. Government of Mizoram has established a pre-school (anganwadi) centre and health clinic. There are also poultry yard, a dairy farm and piggery. According to record more than 260 mental patients, 850 drug abusers and 1500 alcoholics have recovered.[2] As of 2014, there are 424 orphans, 254 mentally challenged and 324 drug addicts and alcoholics, with 68 volunteers.[9].Sângthankima had no income when he started Thutak Nunpuitu Team or later Calvary Hospital. But he takes pride in that never had once been a skip of meal in his organisation. He receives support and aids from philanthropists and other organisations.[10]

The organisation still continues at Champhai with 63 boarders, and in addition, has established rehabilitation centres at Lunglei with 95 boarders, and at Kolasib with 40 boarders.[1]

Achievements and recognitions

Personal life

Sângthankima is married to Lalṭhakimi.[4][15] With their four children, they live at Zuangtui.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Mizo Award 2014 Sangthankima hlan a ni" [Mizo Award 2014 conferred to Sangthankima]. Vanglaini (in Mizo). 1 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Details Of Thutak Nunpuitu Team - An NGO In Aizawl, Mizoram". India Mapped. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Parbati Baruah among six from NE to win Padma Shri". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  4. ^ a b "Kan Pa Duhtak Upa Lalruma Sailo (1933-2012)" (PDF). Vanglaini. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ "NORTH KHAWBUNG LAL THANGHLIANGA SAILO LUNGDAWH ART & CULTURE MINISTER HOVIN HMAN A NI". Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Mizoram. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Calvary Hospital: About us". Calvary Hospital, TNT. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Achievers Award 2013 For NGO". Eastern Panorama. 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  8. ^ Myint, Soe (2003). Burma File, a Question of Democracy. New Delhi: India Research Press. p. 471. ISBN 978-81-88353-12-5.
  9. ^ a b Press Trust of India (29 November 2014). "Mizo social worker gets award from largest circulated daily". Business Standard. Business Standard Ltd. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Sangthankima'n award a dawn an lawm". Vanglaini (in Mizo). 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Mizoram's Sangthankima receives Padma Shri for transformative social work". indiatodayne.in. Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  12. ^ "TNT founder earns doctorate degree". oneindia. Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Mi hmingṭha chawimawi" [Great achievers honoured]. Vanglaini (in Mizo). 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice held on Sunday". dna. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Sangthankima'n Mizo Award dawng" [Sangthankima received the Mizo Award]. Zalen (in Mizo). 6 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Mizo social worker gets award from largest circulated daily". The Shillong Times. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  17. ^ "HPC VICE-CHAIRMAN PU S.LALDINGLIANA'N MI HMINGTHATE CHAWIMAWINA INKHAWM A HMANPUI". Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Mizoram. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.