Kalimpong, July 2: For the 500-odd children of Kalimpong and South Sikkim, the summer vacation must have been more fun than usual, thanks to the summer camp organised by World Vision, an NGO working in the rural areas of the two places.
The first batch of 250 children — aged between 10 and 18 years — from the rural areas of Turuk, Sadam, Mallidara and Lumchuck in South Sikkim have already returned home after spending three days at the camp, which concluded at Pudung, about 10 km from here, yesterday.
The next camp will be held at the same venue, the Centre for Mountain Dynamics at Pudung, from July 6 to 8. This time, the participants will include another batch of 250 students of rural Kalimpong. “The idea behind these camps is to inculcate proper values among young kids. Apart from games, the participants are given value-based and environmental lessons,” said Biju Abraham, programme manager, World Vision, Kalimpong. Given that the number of school dropouts is alarmingly high in the rural belt here, a special awareness class was also held for them.
“Most of the students belong to the economically backward section, and it is important to tell them about the need to continue their education,” said Rakesh Rai, the community development coordinator.