Poonam's Tale of Hope in Bhopal
In May 2011, 'The Photographers Giving Back Awards' assigned me a 5000 US dollars grant to create and implement a specifically designed plan, benefiting one of my subjects, Poonam - and her family, after noticing her in one of my pictures from 2009, revelling in the rain near the abandoned Union Carbide industrial complex, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, central India, site of the infamous '1984 Gas Disaster'.
Since then, I witnessed the passion that is moving Poonam and her family along, and how a single possibility for change has been able to spark in them such a vibrant enthusiasm for life and its meaning.
I have started this Campaign to cover all the costs related to the long-term education of Poonam, 14, and her sister Jyoti, 15, while also documenting their lives as 'our' two young sisters grow up to become strong, emancipated women.
Additionally, funds will be employed to set-up an educational project for other children in water-contaminated colonies of Bhopal, partnering with a trusted, established local charity.
> Below is a long list of *REWARDS* for all the friends who will be joining our campaign.
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'Poonam Revelling in the Rain'
Colour: 10 x 8 / 16 x 12 / 24 x 16 (in inches)
B/W: 10 x 8 / 16 x 12 / 24 x 16 (in inches)
Dear Mr Masi, When first I heard of this Gas disaster I was in secondary school. At the time one knew what was happening but briefly for it was broadcast through foreign media mainly. Many years and many disasters pass and sadly one often forgets these families forced to adjust and survive as best they know how in their unfair circumstances. Thank you for selecting this family and by extension this community to help and bring awareness.