Over 700 children including students from 11 schools participated today in the drawing and painting contest organized by the Sambhavna Trust Clinic. Children made drawings on the subject of the Union Carbide gas disaster or contamination of ground water due to Carbide’s toxic waste.
Books and games were awarded to 17 children selected by three members of the editorial team of ‘Chakmak’ – a children’s magazine.
Children from Shri Nav Niketan Higher Secondary School, Rajiv Memorial High School, Adarsh Model School, Elite Higher Secondary School, Gyan Jyoti Middle School, Mamta Gyan Mandir, Sanjay Memorial High School, Mother Teresa Convent School, Nutan Higher Secondary School, Anjali Adarsh Vidyalaya & Local Government School participated in the contest held at Chhola Dussera ground. Students from Rajiv Memorial High School bagged the most prizes. Shweta Karn from Rajiv Memorial High School and Ajay Singh Yadav from the same school got the first and second prize in the 6-10 years category. In the 11-15 years category, Rani Sahu from Sanjay Memorial High School and Rekha Singh from Rajiv Memorial High School got the first and second prizes. 11 consolation prizes were awarded.
The Sambhavna Trust clinic provides free medical care to the survivors of the December ’84 gas disaster as well as to the residents of the communities affected by ground water contamination by Union Carbide. The painting contest for children was organized by Sambhavna to make children aware of the World’s worst industrial disaster and the problem of ground water contamination.