#BHUMILENS – Photo Story Contest

What does volunteering with Bhumi mean to you?

Capture your emotions as one photo OR a photo-story in the form of a collage of four original photos! Remember: these photos must reflect Bhumi’s work, and your association with the organisation.

Send in your entries by March 6, 2016

Bhumi Lens – Contest Rules

  • Photos can be taken through any digital Camera or through a Mobile phone
  • Images should be in .jpeg format only with a minimum resolution of at least 5 megapixels
  • The photographs should not have any borders, logos and watermarks
  • Original size / resolution image should be emailed to lens@bhumi.org.in with the subject BhumiLens_<Photo Title>
  • The name of the image should also be BhumiLens_<Photo Title>.jpg/jpeg
  • Only one photo should be sent in one email, multiple separate emails can be sent
  • EXIF details of the photographs must also be attached in case of DSLR photos
  • The photographers should warrant to the organizers on the ingenuity in the ownership of the photo and thereby entitle the organizers with the right to future ownership of the same
  • Participants will receive a response with detailed instructions on sharing on social media and tagging Bhumi, the same has to be done to complete the submission
  • The photos will be judged based on the composition, relevance to the theme and creativity.
  • Special prizes will also be given for the photos with the highest engagement in each social media channel
  • The decision of the judges will be final & binding

Seva Sandwich Drive, New Delhi

IMG_0975On a cold winter morning in Delhi, probably one of the coldest in January, 72 individuals clutching bags of bread and vegetables, surrounded by empty cardboard boxes and plastic containers, huddled around in an attempt to transform this cold day into one of the warmest days Delhi would see this winter.

This endeavour, a Seva Sandwich drive, the second undertaking of its kind by Bhumi volunteers. The last time we organized this drive, we prepped and distributed about 700 sandwiches, and ended up receiving twice the number of smiles!

IMG_0976This time we proactively increased the target to 1,000 sandwiches. 72 people, a 1000 sandwiches and limited time – sounded like a good recipe for chaos. Could we successfully organize ourselves and meet our target? The enthusiasm and excitement that rose among us was palpable, but would that be enough?

What is the adage, that too many cooks spoil the broth? Well it seems that this does not apply to sandwiches, because the 72 pair of hands set to work, and in just 2-and-a-half hours we managed to churn out 1300 sandwiches! A surplus 300 sandwiches, and the volunteers were bound in an inexpressible exhilaration.

IMG_1050The atmosphere of fun settled quickly, because the real work was yet to begin. Soon we began distributing the packets of sandwiches, along with dollops of warm wishes and smiles at a nearby slum dwelling/colony and in the heart of this freezing city – Connaught Place, to the cold and hungry people in the streets.

Alas it was end of the day, and dawn to dusk seemed to pass away quickly. Everyone coolly pocketed their payment, the priceless six-figure payment of S-M-I-L-E-S and returned home. Alas all the volunteers were at a joyous peace, having left the city and some of its citizens a little warmer and happier.IMG_1011

 

Volunteer Den – Niveditta B

NivedittaNiveditta Balachandran is the Project Coordinator of DeStep in Mumbai

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
I hail from Chennai, and after completing Biomedical Engineering, I have been pursuing my Masters in Mumbai for the past couple of years. I currently work with Cox and Kings as HR. I have always believed that meeting new people and interacting with them, serves to be the best form of learning.The best we educated people can do is share this outpouring knowledge with others. Besides, I have learnt music and am a table tennis player.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
During my graduation, I saw Bhumi volunteers were distributing pamphlets at college as a part of their volunteer engagement drive. Curiosity drove me to explore this opportunity for me to try and be a part of something good, so without any second thoughts, I registered  myself as a volunteer with Bhumi. My first ever encounter with Bhumi was the orientation which was held on June 5, 2011. It was the start to a memorable journey. Initially I was a Speak Out Volunteer with ICCW, Chennai and held this position for a year and a half. Later, after a break, and after moving to Mumbai, I wanted to start the Dance project at Mumbai, and after much efforts identifying centers and finding volunteers, and with the support of my Mumbai Team, the dance project finally kickstarted at Mumbai.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Volunteering with Bhumi brought great changes within me.It is one such thing, that helps keep negativity away from your mind. Your perspective gradually tends to broaden when volunteering. It makes you a more idealistic and strong person. These are the changes that developed within me with time and no doubt this positivity was a result of joining Bhumi. Besides, the joy of working as a team, with a common motive  – driving towards something better, is a unique experience in its own. Volunteering is the one thing, I would suggest each and everyone to do in life, at some point of time or the other. It is a wonderful thing that will teach you that sometimes you will be rewarded even without actually receiving rewards.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
Every class held was memorable, the fun with kids, the way they imitate my teaching, the various celebrations at the centers,and not to forget the Nakshatra volunteering experiences, have all been memorable. In 2012, for Nakshatra, I was a home specific volunteer. On the way from the home to the venue, I was engaging the kids by singing their favorite songs. The following year, in 2013, the same home had come for Nakshatra, and there was this little girl, who ran up to me and said “ I remember you. You are the one who sang my favorite song in the  bus last year”. These are the moments, that answer it all, for why I chose to volunteer

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you.
From the day I have been a part of Bhumi, Doc has been an inspiration to me, and also someone whom I have looked up to for humility, and his achievements at such a young age. Ganapathy is another person, whom I have admired for his knowledge and great insight about things, a bit of which I have happened to see during the days I had worked with him for Icubed.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
That time in the year 2013, when the girl remembered me as the one who sang her favorite song, was a magical moment for me.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?

To do something towards your society and to bring the change that you wish to see, there is no right time or opportunity, you just have to start practicing and living the change you wish to see. You might not be able to see the fruits of your efforts grow around, but then, it will definitely happen someday. It is more of a responsibility than pride.

 

 

 

 

 

Careers: Manager, City

Job Description: Manager, City
Location: Bangalore

The applicant should be willing to travel extensively within the city and interact/work with people including volunteers, beneficiaries, centre authorities, colleges, corporate and vendors.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visit & identify shelter homes and community centres to assess suitability and need for Bhumi’s educational programmes
  • Conduct recruitment campaigns in colleges and corporate
  • Plan and engage volunteers in civic initiatives
  • Lead Public relations and Fund raising activities
  • Tracking teaching materials and assets at shelter homes (eg. Computers)
  • Provide operational support and monitor Bhumi’s programmes
  • Day to Day Operations

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – desirable, not essential
  • Any graduation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Reasonable interpersonal and communication skills – English, Kannada
  • Basic computer skills – MS Word & Excel – Essential
  • Resourceful, responsible and self-starting
  • Willingness to travel extensively – locally
  • Having a two wheeler – essential

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Expected Age: Below 30
  • Scope: Full time, Willing to work flexible hours
  • Remuneration Rs.18,000 to 25,000 p.m
  • Expected Joining Date: Immediate

If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume to careers.blr@bhumi.org.in

All children together – A memorable parting of ways

The 17th of January turned out to be an eventful day for about 50 children of the All Children Together Trust (ACTT), a shelter home situated in south Kolkata near Lake Gardens.

2Recently, due to unfortunate circumstances, ACTT announced that the home will be shut down because of lack of funds. This meant that the children will be segregated and shifted to different shelter homes as per availability. A group of Bhumi volunteers of the Kolkata took up the initiative to plan an activity for the children so that they could have one wonderful evening together before they part ways.

Starting with a sumptuous lunch provided by The Robin Hood Army, the volunteers spent almost four hours to make the day special. Soon after lunch, the music band Transcendental Tunes joined the children and happily played some great music for them.

7As evening approached, the volunteers conducted small activities to engage the children. The kids also played football, cricket, and Dodgeball along with the volunteers. They sweated it out and exhausted themselves, but simultaneously brimming their hearts with joy. The energetic young lads and lasses, now tired but contented, rested to spend the evening subtly, having some interesting conversations with the volunteers.

In the end, the volunteers bid goodbye to the kids with a sense of happiness, that the parting of ways for the kids wouldn’t be uneventful, but rather it would be memorable. With good food, good music, the enthusiasm of the volunteers, and the joyful spirit of the children, it turned out to be an amazing Sunday.

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A carol of hope

It had been a cozy warm afternoon for the people in Kolkata, but the New Year’s Eve was certainly meant to be special for Bhumi and the children of the Hope foundation. We entered the Hope premises in South Kolkata after the lunch hours and the whole ambience was already gleaming in joy.

Image 01Our fun session started with a small song “Hum sab ek hain”, enveloping all the tiny toddlers and the teenage girls present there. Fifty seven girls of the centre along with six of us – it was an outburst of happiness and glee that was instantaneous and being shared by everyone there.

Who-has-the-pillow has the charm of bringing out a lot from every individual, but no one knew so many surprises awaited us, describing the enriching potential of the munchkins present there. It started with a Bengali song by one ray of sunshine which tells – ami ekta chotto oli, jai phooley phooley (I am a little honey bee who travels from one flower to another). Quite a few performances — singing, recitations, dancing — followed one after the other.

Image 02Many of the sparklers went for rhymes while a few of them were caught spreading the love by telling funny jokes and mimicry. One of them was a child in class I, who showed how a daily routine works out, starting from brushing the teeth till snoring away during the night. That you can never ignore any child thinking she is not old enough, was proved right once again when one girl not only sang herself but urged everyone to sing along — in unity we believe.

New steps and moves were created every time, as one after the other danced gracefully with all the ease.  In this context, one kid earned a special place in everyone’s heart – she was magnificent with the Hula hoop.

Image 03Everything that has a beginning has an end – our time too was limited and it ended with the gift distribution ceremony consisting cakes, candies, crayons and pencil boxes. It was late afternoon by the time we were done with the session, and blooming with effervescent, nay ecstatic energy, we all returned home.

Special thanks to Bhumi for giving us a platform so wonderful where we could be a part of happiness of these innocent lives and Hope Foundation to whom this home belongs to.

Also, from left to right, it would be our youngest volunteer -Suman, Kanini coordinator of Kolkata -Abhishek Jha, our favourite Rashmi (she is the best), Ishwari (the city HR happened to be the musical-lady of this event), Abhishek Rajaram (to suggest the theme of this session was his idea) and me! Thanks a ton for reading this – wishing you a great time ahead! Keep smiling :-)

-Sabitri Sanyal (Operations Coordinator, Kolkata)

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Run For Bhumi – Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2016 – Premium Bibs available

A simple act of giving can create a ripple to Transform Education!

Help us EDUCATE 10,000 underprivileged children in India by 2016!
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This festive season bring a cheer to a child’s life by being their Santa.

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi has two core areas of work – Ignite: Transformational Education Solutions and Catalyse: Transforming Citizenry.

Bhumi’s direct beneficiaries are children who live in shelter homes or orphanages.

This Christmas you could pledge your support by running the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon for BHUMI! The regular registraton for Marathon is now closed and mentioned below are the details of Premium Charity Bibs.

If you need any clarifications write to Bhumi at run@bhumi.org.in

Dream Run | Champions With Disability | Sr Citizen’s Run Bib :

You could avail of a dream run bib at a minimum of INR 12,000 (of this INR 150/350 will be retained by United Way of Mumbai as administrative charges and INR 800 the race fee charge payable to the event organizer for running the dream run, the rest of the amount will come to Bhumi)

1. Fill This Form
2. Attach a government approved photo ID proof. (PAN CARD, AADHAR CARD, PASSPORT etc )
3. Fill this Premium Bibs form http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/downloads/Donor-form-SCMM-2016.pdf
(Do not forget to mention Bhumi as the beneficiary NGO )
4. Email United Way of Mumbai soft copy of the Form and the Summary sheet at bibs@unitedwaymumbai.org
5. Send  United Way of Mumbai a cheque (by courier/in person) of a minimum of INR 12,000 in favour of United Way of Mumbai. The address is United Way of Mumbai, 309 Nirman Kendra, Opp Star TV office, Famous Studio Lane, Off E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi 400011. (Landmark : Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi)

HALF MARATHON | FULL MARATHON (ONLY FOR RUNNERS WITH A VALID TIMING CERTIFICATE)

You could avail of a Half Marathon Bib or Full Marathon bib for INR 15,000 
(of this INR 150 will be retained by United Way of Mumbai as administrative charges and INR 1400/1500 the race fee charge payable to the event organizer , the rest of the amount will come to Bhumi).

1. Fill This Form for Half Marathon or this for Full marathon
2. Attach a government approved photo ID proof. (PAN CARD, AADHAR CARD, PASSPORT etc.)
3. Fill this Premium Bibs form http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/downloads/Donor-form-SCMM-2016.pdf
(Do not forget to mention Bhumi as the beneficiary NGO )
4. ATTACH THE TIMING CERTIFICATE. Please refer to the timing criteria here.(Please verify if your timing certificate is valid. If the timing certificate does not meet the timing criteria, the runner may be disqualified. Only the race fee charge would be refunded in such cases)
5. Email United Way of Mumbai a soft copy of the Runner Form, the Timing Certificate and the Donor Form at bibs@unitedwaymumbai.org
6. Send a cheque (by courier/in person) of a minimum of INR 15,000 in favour of United Way of Mumbai at 309 Nirman Kendra, Opp Star TV office, Famous Studio Lane, Off E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi 400011.

These bibs are available on first come first serve basis and are subject to availability.

If you need any clarifications write to Bhumi at run@bhumi.org.in

Our children look forward to the support from their Santa to transform education.

Why are internships so important?

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Why are internships so important?

The desired outcome of an internship is to make a student more employable, giving them the opportunity to demand more from an entry-level job and get ahead faster using skills and experience honed in a learning environment. Internships also allow students to gain experience in the working world, get comfortable with the job environment, and increase confidence in their abilities. Students who have interned in addition to classroom education stand out to employers as more qualified for hire.

What makes you more qualified?

First, an internship is a good place to work out the kinks in your knowledge and skillset. After an internship, an employee should require less training and should be able to handle more responsibility – very desirable characteristics, as time and money spent training new employees is very valuable. Applying what you learn in the classroom to real life situations solidifies that knowledge and improves performance and accuracy in work tasks. As an intern you can learn your strengths and weaknesses and develop new skills you didn’t learn in the classroom.

Another advantage you create during an internship is determining what types of jobs you actually like, and if you are definitely on the right career path. This shows an employer that you are more qualified for hire because you already know if you will like the job, and are less likely to leave quickly.

Last, and most important, are the people you meet during your internship. Developing a social network as an intern can open a wide variety of opportunities when you are ready to search for a job. Some people you meet at your interning company may have moved elsewhere, opening up an “in” at other companies as well. Having contacts at the workplace you want is of paramount importance, because a recommendation from a current employee makes you stand out more than anything else.

Don’t miss out!

Don’t skip an internship opportunity if it arises. You will learn valuable skills, make important contacts, and increase your marketability in the working world when you are done school.

Apply for an internship

Cross Posted from the Tech Impact Blog

The journey is the reward

“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”

I always knew I wanted to be more socially conscious. It was just a matter of finding a cause that resonated within me1, and Bhumi provided that platform. Bhumi represents the possibility of bringing about change for thousands of children, not only in India but eventually also around the world.

With a small project you have a better overview of all the happenings. You know all the people working there, and you can really see the improvement among the children and the community. I am convinced that we are heading in the right direction with this to bring about change.

It’s been 18 months with Bhumi, and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I really feel privileged to be able to give back to the society in my own small way, by empowering young leaders to develop their ideas into larger frameworks. I have met some amazing people at Bhumi. They’re not individuals I would have normally met in my routine day-to-day life, and they’re from really different backgrounds; I’ve made some good friends.

Last week a small group of volunteers and I celebrated Diwali with more than 150 children of DMRC Children’s Home. We celebrated this festival of joy by distributing sweets, snacks, etc., and having an interactive session with them. We gathered the kids for our first activity, an interactive game to help us get to know each other. With each passing activity, we were able to break the ice and thus create a friendly environment. We got to know a lot about them, such as their favorite colors, what they like to do, or what animals they like, and other such info. They got to know us as well, and we were pleasantly surprised to be with such happy and lively kids with whom we could get along easily. Once we finished introducing each other, we formed several groups based on the activities the kids wanted to play.

This entire experience was really one of the most rewarding and fulfilling events we’ve had. It was an afternoon spent with fun and games, and getting to know the children a little better; by the end of the visit, we learnt most of their names and they had learnt ours. It was just a 2-3 hour activity with the kids, but these memories will definitely last a lifetime in my heart!

Special shout out and thanks to our volunteers Sonam, Aakash, Naini, Kajal and Shivam. Additionally thanks to the staff of this wonderful place, for motivating us to interact with the children and encouraging us to be a positive role model in their lives.

Internship Opportunities:  Video editor

We require enthusiastic people as interns to help us build our promotional video content. The person must be self-motivated, willing to make decisions and be able to work in a team.

Location: Chennai Preferred

Key function – Produce compelling video content for Bhumi’s social media platform.

Responsibilities:

  • Post production – Assist with editing video content for the organization.
  • Editing and enhancing video content.
  • Experimenting with styles and techniques including the design of graphic elements.

Skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with media content editing software.

This profile best suits candidates who have an insight into Video and Audio Editing. Please fill up the form below and we will get in touch with you soon.