Bhopal Service Learning Trip
Bhopal Service Learning Trip
The Integrative Health Care (IHC) major at MSU Denver is an interdisciplinary program that integrates health sciences with ancient healing practices from around the globe. Humanitarian Engineering works to bring more accessible tools to under-served and impoverished parts of the world. In December 2018, the IHC Program will be collaborating with the Humanitarian Engineering Department and traveling to Bhopal, India to facilitate a service learning project at the Sambhavna Clinic. The clinic is an integrated health center that provides free Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to the survivors of the Bhopal community whom continue to suffer from severe health issues from a Union Carbide chemical spill that occurred 30 years ago.
On December 3, 1984, over 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, immediately killing more than 3,800 people and causing significant health problems and premature death for thousands more. The water and soil contamination caused by this tragedy still plays a major role in the Bhopal community today continuing to cause major health issues. The IHC program has taken interest in addressing this issue and learning from the Sambhavna Clinics approach to health care. We anticipate this trip offering us the opportunity to learn the ways in which medicine function’s in different parts of the world, and how we can weave that wisdom into the health care system of our own country.
A group of us students have collaborated to form what we call the India Committee, as a way to join forces to fundraise. Our efforts, with the help of supporters like you, will be paying doctors salaries, updating the facilities, bringing needed supplies and offering aid for student travel. We are thrilled to invite you to support us in making this trip unfold how we envision it.
Bhopal Gala Event - October 14, 2018
In an effort to raise funds to donate to the clinic, as well as provide resources for students traveling costs, the India Committee will be hosting a Gala Event on October 14, 2018. This event will be open to the public and will provide more information about the experiences of students who have participated in the past, as well as what the future hold for the students who plan to go this year. This event will be a beautiful opportunity to connect with students, fellow community members, and give a gift to the cause. If you cannot attend the Gala, do not worry, you can still make a contribution through this page. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Bhopal Service Learning Trip 2016
A group of 14 MSU Denver students visited Bhopal two years ago and participated in the same service learning trip. They stayed on the clinic grounds, participated in a multiple service learning projects, studied clinic operations and medical practices, joined community health care volunteers, attended lectures by local health experts, practiced yoga and meditation, and visited world heritage sites. View the video from their trip by clicking the image below!