Education
 India
Project #14672

Educate 10000 children through volunteers in India

by Bhumi
Each home was given a portrait full of memories
Each home was given a portrait full of memories

Nakshatra is Bhumi’s national inter-children’s home talent fest of sports, art, literary and cultural events. 

This year Bhumi's team of volunteers in Chennai tried something new in an attempt to reach more children and to motivate children and hone their talents further. We conducted five separate events for five geographic zones followed by a final event for the winners.

Nakshatra 2015-16 was a great success and received an overwhelming response from the participating schools. Children all over Chennai participated enthusiastically and zealously, making Nakshatra a grand event. Children, both boys and girls, participated in three categories – Juniors, Seniors, Super Seniors.

1,538 children from 58 shelter homes particpated in the five zonal events between July to October. The top three winners from each competition - 509 children from 57 shelter homes then competed in the grand finale on November 27, 2016.

The participants gave enthralling performances and competed energetically with each other in an amalgamation of cultural events like pot painting, clay modelling, fabric art, group dance, mimicry, medley song, quiz, elocution, debate etc.

Bhumi is thankful for your constant support that helps make events like these possible. Bhumi is also grateful to its other sponsors and supporters.

Different art, lietarary and cultural competitions
Different art, lietarary and cultural competitions
Chennai
Chennai's biggest platform for shelter homes
Actors, entertainers honored the winners
Actors, entertainers honored the winners
Sevalaya school was the overall winner
Sevalaya school was the overall winner
From Nakshatra in Bengaluru
From Nakshatra in Bengaluru

Nakshatra is Bhumi's national inter-children's home talent fest in sports, art, literary and cultural events. The eighth edition of Nakshatra took place in Bengaluru, Pune and New Delhi. This colourful event saw 1,409 children competing for 224 prizes in competitions conducted by over 350 volunteers across the three Indian cities, other highlights below

 Nakshatra 2016 - Arts held on 24 July, 2016 in Bengaluru

  • 689 children from 26 homes participated in the event 
  • The biggest ever Nakshatra in Bengaluru

Nakshatra 2016 - Arts held on 31 July, 2016 in New Delhi

  • 504 children from 20 homes participated in the event
  • Five homes participated for the first time

Nakshatra held on September 11, 2016 in Pune.

  • 216 children from 10 homes participated in the event
  • Second edition of Nakshtar in the city

Bhumi is thankful for your constant support that helps makes events like these possible. Bhumi is also grateful to its other sponsors and supporters.

Bhumi wishes you a colourful Diwali.

From Nakshatra in New Delhi
From Nakshatra in New Delhi
From Nakshatra in Pune
From Nakshatra in Pune
BAT - Baseline; EYA - End Year Assessments
BAT - Baseline; EYA - End Year Assessments

Bhumi's direct beneficiaries are the children who live in shelter homes or orphanages and community centers, where country’s low income population resides. The children go to state run schools during the week where the learning is ineffective due to various challenges like lack of teachers, lack of proper infrastructure, high student teacher ratio, no or very little focus on conceptual clarity.

We know that academic achievement is dependent on engagement, motivation, behavior and attendance. At Bhumi, all children receive personal attention from caring adults, explore new interests, receive academic support, develop a sense of belonging to a group, take on leadership roles and build a sense of self-esteem - reflected in better exam scores and classroom behaviors at school.

Volunteers register on Bhumi’s website or through campus ambassadors in colleges or corporates. They’re then oriented to Bhumi’s projects, inducted into the respective STEM project, trained in pedagogy, content and curriculum development. Following which, they are allocated to a shelter home/community center to teach either on Saturday or Sunday – thus, two unique batches of volunteers are allocated to the same set of children. Feedback is exchanged between the two volunteers after every class, to ensure smooth flow of classes.

The project is long-term, and the volunteers work with the children for at least three to five years. We believe that unless the intervention is sustained, the impact on the children will be negligible. Furthermore, we are also positive that by the end of the programme, the children would be equipped to progress further (in higher grades) with little support from external sources.

The outcome of our Mathematics project at the end of 2016-17 is as shown in the image above.

We thank you for your continued support

Maths is fun with Bhumi
Maths is fun with Bhumi
Joy of bagging the overall trophy of excellence
Joy of bagging the overall trophy of excellence

A platform for children to exhibit their talent, athletic prowess, and develop sportsmanship attitude, Nakshatra, Sports was conducted on Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 at Agni College of Technology, Chennai. The event, managed by 240 volunteers, had 1,290 participants from 48 shelter homes in and around Chennai; of which 12 homes were participating in the event for the first time.

Referees for the event comprised students from the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University. Their constant encouragement and their fair and unbiased judgement throughout the event were exemplary.

Children, both boys and girls, participated in three categories – Juniors, Seniors, Super Seniors. 100m, 200m, and 400m race followed by the most anticipated track event – the relay. Field events including shot put, long jump, and high jump, saw enthusiastic competition. The outdoor events showed the maximum energy and loud cheering with events such as Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Tennikoit, Volleyball, mini-football, shuttle badminton, and throw ball. Simultaneously the indoor event saw quiet sporting among the kids with Carrom and Chess.

As the day came to an end, medals and certificates were distributed to the winners. While Sevalaya was took home the overall trophy of excellence, Child Haven International, Padma Adarsh Home, Siragu, and Anandha Illam – CHES were adjudged the best participating homes. The valedictory ceremony was headed by Mr. Ashok Balasubramanaian, an accomplished badminton player who has represented Tamil Nadu and India at many tournaments. He lit the minds of the children and volunteers alike by signifying the importance of sports, the spirit of sportsmanship, and fuelling a passion for developing sports talent in the kids.

It was an eventful day, for both the children and the volunteers. Smiles and grins brightened the evening, and laughter and giggles resonated in air, as children waved off goodbyes to the volunteers and other homes. Nothing was amiss as they parted ways, only treasuring the memories and bidding adieu with bountiful happiness.

Bhumi is thankful for your constant support that helps makes events like these possible Bhumi is also grateful to its sponsors and supporters: Agni College of Technology for providing their space, Eco Kitchen and Greenways Restaurant, T. Nagar for providing delicious food, the corporate companies and colleges that supported with buses to commute children to and from the venue, IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., NTT Data Global Delivery Services Limited, Oracle, and TRIAD for supporting the event nationally.

Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Nakshatra 2016, Sports
Recipient of the Best Innovator Award
Recipient of the Best Innovator Award

Bhumi’s STEM programme has adopted an activity based approach, giving every child an opportunity to strengthen theoretical concepts through practical learning. For Mathematics, the methodology adopted addresses the child directly; through illustrations, the user can guide themselves with little or no help of a facilitator. For Science and Robotics, the texts cater directly to learners, asking them to work in groups, and instilling a ‘discovery’ approach to learning in place of the traditional textbook-centred ‘learning by rote’ methodology.

We are overjoyed that a few weeks back, some of the children from our robotics programme won the 'Best Innovator Award' and the 'Special Prize' at 'Young Kalam' Science Exhibition organised by HCL Foundation.

Bhumi's direct beneficiaries are children who live in shelter homes or orphanages. These children go to state run schools during the week. The primary problem being addressed by Bhumi's programmes are academic achievement and life skills. Together, they provide a holistic approach to support children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The project is long-term, and the volunteers work with the children for at least three to five years. We believe that unless the intervention is sustained, the impact on the children will be negligible. Furthermore, we are also positive that by the end of the programme, the children would be equipped to progress further (in higher grades) with little support from external sources.

Conducted by HCL Foundation in Chennai, India
Conducted by HCL Foundation in Chennai, India
The robotic model on display
The robotic model on display
 

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Bhumi

Location: Chennai, TamilNadu - India
Website: http:/​/​www.bhumi.org.in
Project Leader:
Vaishnavi Srinivasan
Chennai, TAMIL NADU India
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