Volunteer Den – Aarush Deora

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Little Einsteins Science – Rajendra Ashram, New Delhi

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences).
Some people are born wise, I was not one of them. Smart maybe, but certainly not wise. Others, like me, life slams wisdom down our throats. Bhumi wasn’t part of the plan, if there ever was one. I got into a medical college unaware and naive in my own arrogance. Life got messed up, nights kept getting longer and days suffocating. They were strange and testing times. I was searching for a way out, anything because many avenues had failed me already. I was good at studies. Cramming and learning. Reciting and writing. Working out stuff. Those were the things I could do. And there was a deeply gratifying feeling when I could help my sister or some juniors with their studies. And so a dear friend of mine suggested that I should try teaching other kids who really need it. And the first question I asked myself: Can I really do that? Am I really that kind of a person?

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Random web searches led me to Bhumi. Sceptical, I attended the orientation. And I saw people really enjoying themselves, the natural smiles that are so rare around, I pushed myself then- I could give it a try.

So Bhumi was an accidental coincidence. It’s been many months since I attended the orientation. But now, it is a much bigger part of my life than I would admit.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
It’s grown on me every single time I have been among those kids, helping them out, talking to other volunteers who have become dear friends, especially Mayank, Sakshi, Sanchi and Mekee. People like them are inspiring me and many around me every day. Times at Rajendra Ashram have been more than memorable. The kids I teach are truly amazing, working harder and harder. They have been a huge inspiration as well.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
The one instance that really crops out from my memory is a recent one when I was handed a certificate and I was the ‘most sought after teacher’. I was happy like a little kid with a lollipop that day. And now more than half a year and many sessions later, I can say that I am proud to be a part of the Bhumi family. There are souls that are touching mine and we are really creating a better society. Bhumi means a lot to me, it has helped me immensely and I hope I have given my best for the kids too.  There are very few things that I can truly say I am happy doing and being a proud volunteer at Bhumi is certainly one of them.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you.
It’s been many months since I attended the orientation. And there was Tanushree on that first day, radiant with that smile and bursting with enthusiasm. She had been always around, helping, organizing, running around and instilling in us too, some of her endless well of kindness.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
To all the volunteers I needn’t say much. All of us are giving our best and that selfless attitude is changing many lives including our own.

To higher goals, brighter futures and sparkling smiles! Cheers!

Joy to the World – To a bright future with brighter smiles!

JTW BLR_editedA child’s smile is a thousand times brighter than the Sun, and this initiative by Bhumi does just that by fulfilling the wishes of underprivileged children in shelter homes or orphanages during festive seasons.

The eighth edition of ‘Joy to the World’ Programme, 2015-16 has been a great success. This year saw fulfilling the wishes of more 5000 children from 80 shelter homes across the country. This was carried out in 10 of 13 cities where Bhumi functions – Chennai, Bengaluru, Trichy, New Delhi, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Chandigarh. We thank all the donors – the 40 corporate organizations (of which 26 are doing such an initiative for the first time), and the many individuals – who participated and supported us this year, and donated gifts to the kids and fulfilled their wishes.

IMG-20160221-WA0004Cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, and Trichy combined have been successful in bringing about ‘Joy to the World’ of the children by fulfilling almost 4000 wishes. A note from one of the donors to a child in Bengaluru marks the true reward of the programme. Have a read of the Indian Express coverage of the initiative in Trichy.

The wishes of these children are not luxuries but are necessities. They wear their widest and the brightest smiles when they get their teddy bears, sports gears, foot wears, Hero pens, and schoolbags.

JTWHow this initiative works

  • Bhumi volunteers help children write their wishes on wish cards, and collect them.
  • Following which Bhumi sends the cards to interested corporate company or individual donors.
  • Within an organisation, the cards are distributed from which an employee selects a wish.
  • Once all the wishes have been fulfilled, Bhumi collects the gifts and delivers at the orphanage.
  • The donors then visit the orphanage and distribute the gifts to the kids on a scheduled day.

If you are interested to brighten up the world of underprivileged children, as an individual or wish to engage your organisation in this initiative, all you have to do is fill this form and we will get back to you next academic year.

Volunteer Den – Sachin Kulkarni

Project & Center: Kanini @ DenMaher, Pune

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences).

I hail from Bijapur, Karnataka and have been in Pune for the past 10 years. Now the place has become my ‘Karmbhoomi’. I have attained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and PGD in Business Management. I am in sales since the last 10 years.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
After settling down in Pune, a thought lingered in my mind for long – ‘What is my contribution to the society?’ and that I needed to give back to the society. On that thought, I determined to spend some hours per month/week for social causes. While searching for NGOs in Pune online, I came across many of them which mainly focused on financial donations. When I came across the website of Bhumi, I saw the opportunity to volunteer. This is what I had been looking for, and I immediately registered. During the initial orientation, I was amazed that Bhumi is totally a youth driven organization. I observed that the youth of our country is very concerned about social causes. I made my mind about volunteering with Bhumi and do my bit for the society, and now I am part of the Kanini project (Computer Science) for the last two years.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Personally, I felt very honoured when I visited the centre where I teach for the very first time, because of the warm welcome I received. This strengthened my desire to engage in more social work. By showering knowledge to the underprivileged children, I came to know that there are bright kids in the society who need a small push from somebody to pursue their goals. When you do so, you surely have to set an example as a responsible citizen as well, by showing them the path of right from wrong. This, I feel, is what is required most to improve the situation of our country.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
One moment that definitely is memorable is my very first class (ice breaking session) for the Kanini Project, because I received a very warm welcome. Additionally, on being honored as a chief guest for my centre’s internal Annual Sports Competition, and getting the opportunity to award the talented is a memorable event. 

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you?
The very first Bhumian I interacted with was Mr. Suren Mohanty. Ever since then, I am always in awe of him. I am inspired by his dedication in handling all the projects, arranging events in short durations, and the way he organizes everything.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Volunteers usually have get-togethers and meets, all which were memorable. But the best time with the volunteers was the Matheran picnic with Bhumi volunteers in Feb, 2015. I will cherish the wonderful moments at Matheran forever.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Bhumi is a youth driven NGO. New ideas are always welcomed and each volunteer is respected. Bhumi has various projects and time schedule that is suitable to any volunteer, making it is quite flexible. An important message I would like to give everyone, a volunteer or not, is to spend some time for upliftment of the society. And do not worry about not having time for volunteering, because we do have time, it is only about enthusiastically taking a step ahead. Contribute to make a prosperous, healthy and educated India!

Report on the Bhumi Corporate League 2016, Chennai

Bhumi is a youth volunteer non-profit organisation that works with underprivileged children in Chennai and 12 other cities in India.

The idea of Play for a Cause emerged early last year when our volunteers decided to put together a fundraiser – an event that would help us showcase our work to the corporate world while providing a platform for its employees to compete in a healthy environment. Bhumi went onto witness an overwhelming response from its supporters in two smaller leagues – Football and Throwball; and Table Tennis and Badminton.

This year, the second edition of the Bhumi Corporate League, was much bigger and better. Conducted on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, we had 740 participants from 75 corporates participating in 19 different events.

Highlights:

  • No. of corporate companies: 75
  • No. of participants – 740
  • Top 3 participations from Astra Zeneca, Tata Consultancy Services and Zoho Corporation
  • No. of events: 19
  • Field Events: High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Triple Jump
  • Indoor Events: Badminton, Carrom, Chess, Table Tennis
  • Outdoor Events: Basket ball, Football (5 a side), Kabaddi, Throw ball, Volley ball
  • Track Events: 100m run, 200m run, 400m run, 800m run, 1500m run, 4x100M relay
  • No. of volunteers: 120
  • Sponsors: IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., and Astra Zeneca
  • Total funds raised from registrations: Rs. 1,95,295
  • Potential number of children to be benefited: 391
  • Trophy of Excellence: Tata Consultancy Services
  • Best Participating Corporates: Zoho Corporation, AZAAN Group,Astra Zeneca
  • Photos from the event can be viewed on www.facebook.com/BhumiCL
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Volunteer Den – Santhosh Mathevan

SanthoshA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
I am Chennai-born man of Nagercoil origin. But the better part of my life was spent in Trichy, where I did my schooling and grew up. I completed my undergrad degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, I was passionate about writing and my interest in politics pushed me into media. I took part in several political debate shows during my college days. Finally, I opted for journalism after my graduation and started my career as a reporter in The New Indian Express. I had a parallel track in my life, volunteering for causes, right from my schooling days.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
After my school days, my volunteering hours witnessed a slow decrease and after a while it ultimately was non-existent. Much later I came across a post in a Facebook page- ‘Trichy Confessions’ about ‘Nakshatra’, I googled it and finally ended up in Bhumi’s website. That’s when I learned about Bhumi’s activities. I was completely fascinated and it resurrected the dormant volunteer inside me. I attended orientation and joined as a Lakshya volunteer. After a year of being a part of Lakshya and understanding Bhumi completely, I decided to take up more of a responsibility. I took up the Project Coordinator role of Little Einsteins Maths. However, my profession restricted me from attending sessions frequently and I had no other option but to limit myself from coordinating the project and center visits. I do feel sad now and then as I do not get to spend as much time with the kids as I had during my college days.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Firstly, Bhumi taught me how a structured organization runs and how documentation is done irrespective of the results of the tasks completed. I learned all this when I was still in college. Only later when I entered the corporate world did I realize how much I have changed and the major reason was Bhumi. As I had the experience of being a part of such a structured organization for more than a year already, it was easy for me to get along with Indian Express. Apart from the professional aspect, Bhumi and especially Lakshya, has cultivated several qualities in me, namely adaptability, ability to handle pressure, planning, leadership, and completing a task.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
My first Joy to the World (JTW) gift distribution. Although, Nakshatra plays a leading role in letting kids enjoy, I personally feel that JTW gives them unmatched happiness. I still remember kids who had asked for pencil boxes with Chotta Bheem, Dora, etc along with color specifications. But, when we were purchasing, we couldn’t find boxes as specified by the kids, and I was stubborn to buy the boxes only with proper specifications mentioned by kids. Even my co-volunteers tried convincing me that kids would adjust and asked me to go with available cartoon characters and that color doesn’t matter much. I was not convinced nor satisfied. Suddenly an idea struck. We bought boxes in colors as specified by the kids with different characters. Later I bought stickers of Chotta Bheem, Ben10, etc and removed the original stickers and stuck the new ones. We distributed the gifts and the look on their faces when they got their hands on their favorite boxes was priceless and made all of it worthwhile. Therein lies the real satisfaction.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Ahh!! This question leaves me in chaos.  I personally don’t believe in ‘one inspiration’ theory as one gets inspired by many people in various aspects. It’s a long list, from day one in orientation when I met Aarthi who was very bold and was crystal clear in all that she said about Bhumi, to people like Romio, Gayathri akka (Every Trichy Bhumian calls her akka affectionately), Ashwin from whom  I learnt how to lead a team. Harish, a lot to learn from him, for instance, he never says ‘No’ to anything. I’m trying to mimic Sampath’s ability to organize things perfectly. On seeing, Vaishnavi (Bangalore) and Raafi, I started appreciating and thanking people for every single thing. It’s second nature to them. Even for some incomplete tasks Raafi would cheer and try to be encouraging. Hence this is a long list that can run for pages.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Yes, there are many such moments. First session in Lakshya at TELC Annai center, Trichy. The way kids got attached to us holds a place most cherished in my memories. Since it was my first session, no one around me, the volunteers or the kids knew me. To the contrary I didn’t feel like a stranger at all there. I have noticed many volunteers struggling during their first two or three sessions, but I felt like a complete Bhumian, the very first moment I entered the session. It all feels like I joined Bhumi yesterday, but two years have passed since then.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?

Bhumi is a platform not only to teach but also to learn and feel your real ‘self’. Above all, experience non-stop sincere volunteering like never before 🙂

Careers: Manager – Talent Acquisition (HR role)

Job Description: Lead to Manager – Talent Acquisition (Depends on Experience)
Location: Chennai
Job nature: Permanent Full-time

The person will strategise, monitor volunteer recruitment nationally while executing volunteer recruitment locally and will work with people including coordinators, volunteers and other Bhumians.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Strategise and execute HR aspects related to volunteer and intern recruitment, manage recruitment initiatives across India
  • Plan and execute, general, social media campaigns for volunteer recruitment with the assistance of the PR team
  • Coordinate with all stake holders to manage the volunteer and interns recruitment for the organisation
  • Coordinate, monitor and report on orientation, training and induction of new volunteers nationally
  • Regularly meet authorities at colleges, corporates to execute recruitment drives
  • Build long term relationships with colleges for regular inflow of interns and volunteers

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – essential
  • Any graduation – essential

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – English, Hindi and/or Tamil
  • Basic computer skills – Word, Excel, Powerpoint – essential
  • Proactive, Self-Monitored, Resourceful, Accountable
  • Willingness to travel as required
  • Having a two wheeler – desirable

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Expected Age: Below 35
  • Scope: Willing to work flexible hours
  • Remuneration – Rs.20,000 – Rs.25,000 p.m
  • Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to careers.mta@bhumi.org.in

Careers: Manager – Internships (HR role)

Job Description: Lead to Manager – Internships (Depends on Experience)
Location: Chennai
Job nature: Permanent Full-time

The person will strategise, monitor internships nationally while managing interns locally and  will work with people including coordinators, volunteers and other Bhumians.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Strategise and execute HR aspects related to intern recruitment and management across India
  • Plan and execute, general, social media campaigns for intern recruitment with the assistance of the PR team
  • Coordinate with all stake holders to manage the lifecycle of all interns in the organisation
  • Proactively suggest to all stake holders, roles and responsibilities where Interns can be utilized for enhancing the productivity of their team
  • Build long term relationships with colleges for regular inflow of interns and volunteers
  • Recruit, manage tutors; facilitate their training; Monitor, report their progress

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – essential
  • Any graduation – essential
  • Prior experience in managing teams – Desirable

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent coordination skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – English, Hindi and/or Tamil
  • Basic computer skills – Word, Excel, Powerpoint – essential
  • Proactive, Self-Monitored, Resourceful, Accountable
  • Willingness to travel as required
  • Having a two wheeler – desirable

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Expected Age: Below 35
  • Scope: Willing to work flexible hours
  • Remuneration – Rs.22,000 – Rs.27,000 p.m
  • Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for someone who is committed to Bhumi for at least three years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume along with a brief note on your aptitude for this role to careers.mi@bhumi.org.in

Careers: Operations Coordinator, Hyderabad

Job Description : Operations Coordinator
Location: Hyderabad
Job Nature: Permanent Full-time

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

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Visit & identify shelter homes (orphanages) and community centres to assess suitability and need for Bhumi programmes
• Organize and coordinate volunteer recruitment campaigns
• Assist with coordinating volunteering activities in the city
• Identify and engage vendors, procurement of materials (on need basis)
• Assist with execution of events operations
• Tracking, reporting and managing of teaching materials and assets at shelter homes (eg. Computers)

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:
• Work experience – desirable, not essential
• Any graduation – desirable, not essential

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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

Other Information:
• Reporting to: COO
• Expected Age: Below 30
• Scope: Willing to work flexible hours
• Remuneration – Rs.12,000 – Rs.15,000 p.m
• Expected Joining Date: Immediate

If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, please fill the form below

Volunteer Den – Rajmaninderdeep Singh

RajA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)

I belong to a farming family in Moga district of Punjab. After completing my graduation from the faculty of Engineering and Communication Technology, Chandigarh, I worked in US based staffing firm for one year. Currently in pursuit of higher endeavours of becoming an administrative officer, I am preparing for Civil services Exams along with Masters in History, which is also my favourite subject. Learning is a hobby for me, and I love to travel and get to know different people from diverse backgrounds. I stay calm under pressure, bit lazy at times, do things in my own style, and a firm believer in will power.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?

During college, my friends and I were quite active in social activities. As a matter of fact, I was so busy engaged in the events that I had no time to join an organization. After my college, I pushed myself to remain active in social causes and that made me search for NGOs online. That is how I got to know about Bhumi. I registered as a volunteer and received a call from one of the volunteers regarding commencement of Bhumi Chandigarh Chapter. I was among the founding members of Chandigarh Chapter. First project we started was Little Einstein mathematics and I played the role of centre Coordinator. After attending Beacon 2015 we started the Catalyse project in Chandigarh and currently coordinating this project.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?

I am very grateful to Bhumi for giving me a platform where I could test my abilities, learn new things, meet new people, and become more aware of my surroundings. Volunteering with Bhumi in different situations has widened my horizon of understanding things. Above all, I can now call myself a practical man than ever before.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.

Most memorable moment as a Bhumian was the opportunity for me to give a presentation during a recruitment drive in Khalsa College, Chandigarh. Though I had public speaking experience of speaking in front of a huge crowd earlier, the enthusiasm and response from students and teachers made it close to my heart.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you

Tanushree is a source of inspiration for me. Right from beginning of the chapter in Chandigarh, she has set the face of an ideal role model by working in a truly professional manner. One important thing that I learnt from her is her way of studying each and every aspect of a field before entering it. She has a lovely personality along with a calm mind.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?

I’d like to share a simple but highly valuable experience I had with kids during one of the classes. In our initial days we were finding it quite tough to handle the little kids of Kartar Asra Orphanage centre. The difficulty was that kids took a lot of time to settle down for a class. We did an experiment, we made two rows of four chairs and stuck the name tags of kids on those chairs. To our surprise kids started settling down in their respective chairs within seconds and were ready to learn. Another experience I have worth sharing is about a particular student from Kartar Asra center. For reasons unknown, he was unable to concentrate while studying. All our efforts to help him study were going futile. Hence we sat down and discussed about it, and decided about changing our approach to teach him. Next Sunday we provided him with a big white board and this time it brought a change. He immersed himself into studying and surrounding noises could not distract him as easily as before.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?

You all are doing a great job! It feels nice to be part of such a big family joined by a common force of Bhumi. Lots of love.

Careers: City Manager, New Delhi

Job Title : Manager, City
Location: New Delhi
Job nature : Permanent Full-time

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:

  • Lead and help in the implementation of all the projects across the city
  • Strategise and conduct recruitment campaigns in colleges and corporate comapnies
  • Visit centres and ensure project activities comply with the planned objectives
  • Troubleshoot project related problems, Identify and implement creative solutions
  • Ensure project assessments, data management are done properly and on time, analyse data, identify trends, prepare and share reports
  • Plan and engage volunteers in civic initiatives and partner with other non profits for activities
  • Lead Public relations and Fund raising activities
  • Facilitate and enable volunteers take up leadership roles
  • Represent Bhumi – at events, companies, other organisations for partnerships etc

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – preferred
  • Any graduation and above

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – English, Hindi
  • Basic computer skills – MS Word & Excel – Essential
  • Project management and problem solving skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively – locally
  • Having a two wheeler – preferable

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.del@bhumi.org.in