Jirsong Asong is the official organ of the Catholic Diocese of Diphu for Social service and has its main office at Diphu, Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Jirsong Asong was formed under the able leadership of Rt. Rev. Mathai Kochuparampil (Bishop of Diphu), Fr. George Thottankara, (the first Director), Fr. Roy Anthony, Fr. Thomas Mangalassery and others. It obtained registration under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (Reg. No. 1115 of 1985 – 86).
‘Jirsong Asong’ is an expression in the Karbi language, which means an ‘association of friends’ who takes up common ventures for the upliftment and empowerment of different ethnic groups living in the rural areas. The society was established on 4th December 1985 mainly to cater to the needs of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao (earlier North Cachar Hill) districts of Assam.
Jirsong Asong initiates, plans, formulates, implements, monitors and evaluates various projects and programmes. The beneficiaries are the different tribes inhabiting in these two districts namely Karbis, Dimasas, Adivasis, Garos, Nepalese, Bodos, Assamese, Kukis, Nagas, etc.
The interventions of Jirsong Asong could be categorized under Education, Health, Women Empowerment, Economic Development, Youth Development, Peace Building, Disaster Management, Village Governance and Cultural and Linguistic heritage.
Vision: To have an educated and self-reliant community based on human values towards realizing a harmonious society based on love, justice, unity and co-operation.
Mission: To transform our poor and marginalized ethnic groups into a value based human community through education and awareness building and to empower them by promoting self-reliance through people’s organizations on a participatory and sustainable approach.