May 19, 2014

Bhumi has won the Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award

Dr. Prahalathan receiving the award
Dr. Prahalathan receiving the award

On March 18, I was in a room full of celebrities, volunteer heroes and organisations that engaged volunteers across the country. It was the grand finale of the iVolunteer Awards in Mumbai, India and Bhumi was one of the finalists in the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category. As the nine finalists for the award were being announced, my heart rate started rising; as the envelope was called for and the chief guest of the evening, actor Mr. Abhishek Bachchan was opening the envelope, my heart was nearly thudding in excitement. When he announced ‘and the winner is … Bhumi!’ I was flooded with so much emotion, words failed me in my acceptance speech on behalf of the organisation. 

It seems a long time ago, but it was just eight years back when my co-founders and I were taking baby steps to volunteering as a group that later became Bhumi. Our passion to do something for the country led us to education. Our first volunteering effort to teach in a children’s home was an epic failure!

A small break was created due to exams and vacation. When we approached the Secretary of the children’s home to restart the classes, we were asked to submit a report about how the children benefitted from our classes. This was an eye opener; we didn’t have an answer, and hence we were unable to resume our classes there. We learnt our most valuable lesson then; that we cannot waste the time of these children by doing ‘something’ just because we were volunteering.

It brought our dreams of changing the nation crashing down, but from there we had only one direction to go, up! It’s the sheer passion, determination of each of the hundreds of volunteers we have touched through Bhumi and people like you that has brought the organisation here. In 2013, we involved over 3,000 volunteers across the country. In 2014, we need to reach out to 10,000 young people and by 2020 we hope to engage 1,00,000 volunteers for India! Call me a dreamer but some day I see volunteerism becoming a national habit. Whether Bhumi will be the platform or a catalyst, only time will tell but I know for sure when we Change Today … we Change Tomorrow!

Mr. Abishek Bachchan and Mr. Shalabh Sahai
Mr. Abishek Bachchan and Mr. Shalabh Sahai

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Feb 25, 2014

Annual Report 2013

Computer Literacy Project
Computer Literacy Project

Six years ago, a small thought to do something for this country led us to an orphanage, where we focused on the education of the country’s future. Since then our growth has been steady and a lot has changed within Bhumi itself.

We continue to grow beyond our own expectations as we continue our focus on strengthening and changing the fundamentals of the organisation as well. We have changed the name of three of our programmes to suit the needs and necessities of a pan-India organisation; the English programme is back to ‘Speak Out’, the mentorship programme has become ‘Lakshya’ and our talent development programme is now ‘Nakshatra’ – which were previously called Make a Difference, Dronacharya & Ekalavya and Siragugal respectively.

While many believe that Bhumi is changing the country by contributing to its children’s education, who will constitute the nation’s workforce in a few years, we have realised our greatest impact has already begun; it’s not just the children that we’re moulding, but also the socially conscious youth who are transforming into Changemakers.

This year, over 900 volunteers worked for the education and holistic development of approximately 3,250 children across 91 centres covering three states of the country.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to all our donors, partners and home caretakers for their continued support and to our children for their constant urge to learn more and more. We are indebted to each and every volunteer for his/her extensive, consistent and untiring efforts.

As we look back at the year that’s gone by, together we shall look forward to change today … change tomorrow. 

Interacting English learning project
Interacting English learning project
Mathematics & Science programme
Mathematics & Science programme
Extracurricular Activities & Community Development
Extracurricular Activities & Community Development
Fulfilling wishes during festive seasons
Fulfilling wishes during festive seasons
Annual National Talent Development Fest
Annual National Talent Development Fest

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Nov 26, 2013

Nakshatra 2013 - Report

Arts @ Nakshatra, Chennai
Arts @ Nakshatra, Chennai

Nakshatra is Bhumi's annual inter-children's home art, cultural, sports and science talent fest for children to exhibit their talents and explore their potential in an atmosphere of healthy competition. The programme provides a platform for the children to ‘Dream’, exhibit their talents, get competitive exposure, ‘Discover’ their potential, 'Dazzle’ in an atmosphere of healthy competition and enrich themselves with much needed perspective about their inherent potentials; and to improve the self confidence of children, contribute to their holistic development through promotion of extra-curricular activities.

The platter of cultural events include pot painting, clay modelling, fabric art, group dance, mimicry, medley song, quiz, elocution, debate etc.; and sport events include field, track, indoor and team events.

Apart from the event, Bhumi volunteers visit orphanages to conduct art and literary events and extend the opportunity of competing to all. 'Nakshatra Reach Out', was conducted in Chennai and Mumbai. 

Nakshatra in 2013 has engaged 5,795 participations from 111 Children’s Homes through your support.

Testimonials from volunteers, children and wardens

"For the sports event, students from the home I was associated with shared that they were very  disappointed when they lost the football event at Nakshatra 2012 and they were very determined to set things straight this year. And true to their words, they played with so much determination and vigour. When the final was played and victory was achieved, a mad and jubilant celebration followed. Everyone came running to me and gave a flying High five. Every time I recollect that moment it brings immense happiness and satisfaction within me." - Gopalakrishnan N., Bhumian

"Whether its planning the events/work, or meeting volunteers or spending time with children or the smile that comes on the kids face when they spend their day, everything gets etched in your memory!" - Sangeetha Ganesan, Bhumian

"We always wish to participate in our school annual day's dance competition but we haven't be able to as fancy costumes are not affordable. But, Nakshatra let us participate in our school uniforms. Our talents were appreciated and we were given prizes. We thank you for all this and for treating us as your own children." - Ms. Gayathri (XI D), Seva Sangam

"Your visit to our home before the event to explain everything made us feel very comfortable. It was well organised. The hidden talents of our children were brought out. The food and water provided were hygienic. The volunteers were punctual in picking up the children from our home and dropping them back. Thank you, Bhumi" - Warden, Hope Worldwide.

Nakshatra would not have been possible without the support of hundreds of Bhumi volunteers, their families, friends and our corporate partners.

Dance @ Nakshatra, Bengaluru
Dance @ Nakshatra, Bengaluru
Sports @ Nakshtra, Chennai
Sports @ Nakshtra, Chennai
Ms. Joshna Chinappa, inaugurated Nakshatra Sports
Ms. Joshna Chinappa, inaugurated Nakshatra Sports
Dance @ Nakshatra, New Delhi
Dance @ Nakshatra, New Delhi
Face painting @ Nakshatra, Trichy
Face painting @ Nakshatra, Trichy

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