Caring for survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster - The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Since 1996 we have helped provide free medical care, education and community support to those suffering the effects of Union Carbide’s gas disaster, and to families still being damaged in their thousands by ongoing water poisoning.

We promote community-led practices that can be adopted by those affected by industrial disasters around the world. We support activities to prevent future such disasters.

We believe Carbide's owner Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, the survivors continue to turn to each other, and to us.

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai

This famous, terrible and tender picture was taken by Magnum photographer Raghu Rai on the morning of December 3rd, 1984, after the night of horror in Bhopal when a huge cloud of poison gas 500 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide spewed from a factory belonging to Union Carbide Corporation.

Thousands died in hideous ways. As the sun rose on streets full of corpses, Raghu found himself in a graveyard where a man was burying his young daughter. The father had covered the tiny body but then, unable to bear parting from her, brushed the earth away for one last look.

For the Bhopalis this picture has come to symbolise over 30 years of unimaginable suffering, an injustice never righted, crimes unpunished, and a community that most of the world has forgotten.

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Children of Bhopal

Children of Bhopal

Something very shameful is happening in Bhopal and hardly anyone knows about it. Children are being born dead and malformed in numbers not seen since the spate of horrific births that followed the gas catastrophe of 1984.

Mention Bhopal and most people think of the horrific events of 3rd December 1984, when the city was devastated by a huge leak of poison gas from a pesticide factory owned by US chemical giant Union Carbide.

Thousands died in agony, choking, blinded by gas that burned their eyes and seared their lungs. More than half a million were injured. Today in the city, upwards of 150,000 people are still chronically ill from the injuries suffered on that night. The death toll has reached more than 25,000.

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Covid-19 - Bhopal's Community Shield

Covid-19 - Bhopal's Community Shield

Our clinics, with decades of experience in public health work, joined neighbourhood committees in developing a mutual aid plan to stem the spread of Covid-19. The scheme relies upon over 100 community health volunteers, including children, and reaches upwards of 50,000 of the city’s most vulnerable.

This decentralized form of public health intervention is rapidly being recognised as essential for safely easing lockdown measures while supressing secondary waves of infection.

This Bhopal Survivors’ model of community mobilisation has set the lead for the local government and inspired a Global Humanitarian Network. Their experience gifts the world a model approach against Covid-19.

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From Sambhavna’s Garden: Vanaj

‘Vanaj’ is a Hindi word of Sanskrit origin meaning ‘born in the forest’. In Sambhavna’s community gardens, it is the name given to the collections of microorganisms that the gardeners harvest from the forest. In October 2017, a retired University Professor of Agroecology and Medicinal Plants from Brazil, Dr. Vera Maria Carvalho Silva Santos, travelled […]

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