GUWAHATI, June 6 - Avas Foundation, an NGO that runs four centres under the National Child Labour Project, organised a sponsorship and plantation programme here on Tuesday.
Sampriti Barman, Project Director, National Child Labour Project, Kamrup (M), attended the occasion as chief guest.
Barman called for awareness in society for controlling plastic pollution. She also encouraged the children to plant more trees and not to litter and pollute the environment.
On the occasion, two students of Avas Foundation – Ravi Poddar and Bitumoni Das – were felicitated for passing the HSLC exams with flying colours. Both boys, who were once engaged as child labourers, are now regular students who have also bagged sponsorship for further education from well-wishers and citizens.
Ruchika Khadria, president of Avas Foundation, said the Foundation endeavoured to get support and sponsorship for the students who leave their centres after attaining the age of 14 years. It succeeded in getting sponsorship for one of the girl students, Anisha Paswan, recently.
Avas Foundation also held an awareness drive at Skylark School, Maligaon, where Priya Khound, State Technical Officer, UNDP, spoke on environmental degradation and the need for conservation.