Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. The organisation provides socially-conscious students and young professionals a platform to serve society and to bridge the gap between the learned and the unlearned through education. Volunteers join Bhumi every month through word of mouth or after reading about Bhumi on social media. Bhumi volunteers are college students or young professionals; the average volunteer being just 23 years of age.
What can a handful of youngsters with a little free time do? Quite a lot of changing if you consider Bhumi, a non-profit organisation founded in 2006 at Chennai. It all started off with a small yearning to do something for the nation. A bunch of youngsters volunteered to teach children at an orphanage. The experience was an eye-opener to them about the status of the education system in the country. This motivated them to start Bhumi.
Bhumi’s supplementary education programmes are targeted at children in orphanages and slum and village communities. These programmes strive to bridge the glaring deficiencies in the state education system. At Bhumi, the children are not just provided education in English, Computers, Mathematics and Science; they are also mentored by trained volunteers and provided career counseling as they go in for their class 10 board exams. The education is imparted to the children during the weekends. The education, therefore, is not merely bookish; the kids at Bhumi learn through fun and interactive activities, field trips and more.
And this is not all! In order to ensure the overall development of children, in 2009, Bhumi started conducting Siragugal, an inter-orphanage talent festival in Chennai which has continued to grow over the years. In 2011, over 2,000 children participated in the competitions held at orphanages, and the two-day art, literary, science and Sports fest, making it the largest of its kind. Not stopping with just that, Bhumi volunteers now train the children in discovering and developing the various talents they may have – be it drawing, music, dancing or sports!
Every Bhumi volunteer is a walking-talking role model for these children starved for inspiration. They open the minds of the children to the various career options and possibilities that are available to them. Bhumi, through all these initiatives, aims to aid the holistic development of these children into responsible citizens of the future.
Bhumi’s volunteers do all of these, and more. They spend a few hours of their free time every weekend, not just to work with the children, but also organize and maintain the other responsibilities such as HR, fund-raising, operations, compilation of syllabus for the various learning programmes, training etc., all of which provide them with immense opportunities to learn, grow and transform themselves into tomorrow’s leaders. Bhumi strongly believes that these socially conscious leaders and the children they train who would grow up to become responsible adults would definitely take India a long way.
As Bhumi continues to grow, the geographical limits of Chennai simply couldn’t limit the enthusiasm of this young bunch. Bhumi is now one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer Non-Profits! Over 500 youngsters actively volunteer with Bhumi in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, New Delhi and several other parts of the country.
To volunteer with Bhumi, register on http://www.bhumi.org.in/. Make a start today; all it takes is a few hours of your time to change today for a better tomorrow.