Chennai x 3

​Recently Chennai has become one of India’s largest urban clusters​​ increasing seven-fold from 1,189​ ​sq​ ​km to 8,878​ ​sq​ ​km, including parts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts and Vellore’s Arakkonam taluk, making it the country’s second largest urban agglomeration after the National Capital Region (46,208sqkm) (Reference).

We had already been struggling with Chennai city chapter’s unequal expansion, lack sufficient city level leadership etc. A larger city ​area we feel ​would only further expand our issues hence we decide to adopt smaller geographic administrative area​s. For this we have chosen the administrative structure of the Chennai Corporation.

T​oday we announce the launch of three new chapters Chennai-North, Chennai-Central, Chennai-South. The map below shows current Ignite centres in these chapters.

There will be 3x more leaders which we hope in the long run will lead to larger and deeper impact in each of these three chapters.​​

Letzchange Fundraising Challenge 2018

Here is a fine opportunity for volunteers to financially support Bhumi’s initiatives. LetzChange Fundraising Challenge ’18 will be held from February 10 – March 30, 2018. Bhumi welcomes all its volunteers to take up the challenge and support Bhumi’s initiatives.

As you cross each slab, there is a guaranteed reward for Bhumi. And the best part, the percentage (and the amount) of the reward increases as Bhumi raises more.

Mega Reward: 

On crossing Rs. 15,00,000 benchmark there is now a guaranteed additional 20% match and, we also stand a chance to win the mega prize – a flat 50% matching-reward on the total amount raised by us! If we reach the second spot, 30% of the raised donations will be matched.

10 Ka Dum
A bountiful opportunity for us to win rewards EVERYDAY from March 12th-21st, 2018. Under 10 Ka Dum, if we raise maximum amount in a single day, we will receive a 10% matching-reward upto ₹1,00,000 over the funds raised on that day (from March 12-21). This implies that relentless efforts in these 10 days can help us end the challenge with huge rewards. 

Start planning for the Fundraising Challenge now. 

  • Decide on the campaign you are going to raise funs for; you can choose an existing campaign and promote it or create a new one
  • Draft the content for the Letzchange Campaign, if you are creating a new one
  • You can also get the Campaign content verified by Bhumi Social team, if support needed; You can mail the content to social@bhumi.ngo
  • Decide on the contacts you will be approaching
    • Send out mails to your contacts
    • Be ready with the Creatives (posters) for promoting in your Social media pages
    • Approach your friends, family members, colleagues, neighbours

The cumulative amount raised by Bhumi volunteers between Feb 10,2018 to Mar 30, 2018 will be considered for the challenge.

Gear up to join this exciting Challenge; Your support can have a massive impact on realising Bhumi’s goals – Quality Education and Sustainable Development.

 

Workshop by AWARE on preventing child abuse

AWARE is conduction workshop on preventing child sexual abuse for all Bhumi volunteers, as part of mission #SaveTheSmiles. The workshop is intended to train volunteers in recognising problems/abuse, if any, faced by children in your shelter homes and community centres.

Date: 29 Oct 2017, Sunday
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Venue: Snack Experts, No: 160/R48, TVS avenue main road, Anna Nagar West extension, Chennai 600101 | Landmark: Opposite to GreenTrends | Map
Contact: 95519 93391

This workshop is for every adult who feels deeply about preventing child sexual abuse and might want to reach a place of empathy and preparedness about it. By attending this training, you will gain:

  • Increased awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse
  • Skills to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
  • Awareness of effective organizational policies and procedures
  • Individual empowerment through prevention planning

B to Z Contest

Bhumi gives you a perfect opportunity to become the ‘Centre Coordinator of the month‘.

This is a contest between centre coordinators’ teams of all Ignite projects in the city.

  • All of us understand the importance of tracking (to understand further please speak to a Lead Bhumi coordinator in your city), measuring and communicating what we do.
  • Bhumi is shifting to Zoho (B to Z) to track all of it and as a first step we will begin with class attendance of children and volunteers.
  • “B to Z” is to find out the best team of volunteers at centre level in each city and across the country who care the most for the impact of their work and are tracking the same effectively.
  • This contest is to reward the centre level coordinator for weekly attendance entries in Zoho and also the yearly BAT & EYA assessment entries.

RULES

  • Have to submit all the Student database immediately after the class initiation
  • Have to submit both Volunteer and Student attendance on starting on the class using Zoho creator mobile app
  • Have to complete BAT data entry in Zoho within 4 classes from class initiation (if applicable).

CERTIFICATE

  • Certificate of Social Responsibility will only be given to Ignite volunteers who has more than 75% attendance record in Zoho creator.
  • So, it is the main responsibility of the Centre coordinator to make sure their team mates attendance are marked and never gets missed out or else they will not get the certificate.

100% AWARD

Every year during Bhumi Day, 100% attendance award will be given to volunteers based on the attendance record in Zoho creator.

RECOGNITION

Your team will recognised as the Centre Coordinator of the month and photos will be shared in Workplace every month.

MANDATORY PROCEDURE (Regular Classroom Procedure)

  • The Center Coordinator must go to class 10 minutes early compulsorily
  • Assemble all the volunteer and students
  • Note down the Volunteers and Students present & absent
  • Open Zoho creator mobile app
  • Select the date and mark the names in the list
  • In the comment section mention the syllabus for current class and submit

ZOHO TUTORIALS – Click here to watch

Fundraising workshop for volunteers

Bhumi is conducting a workshop on Fundraising and its importance for Bhumi. All Bhumi volunteers can participate.

Who is it for?

  • For beginners, professionals and anyone in between.
  • All you need is the enthusiasm for learning and implementing it!

On the agenda:

  • Importance of Fundraising for Bhumi
  • Fundraising Mantra
  • Individual fundraising and importance
  • Concept of SCCOI
  • Closing the loop

Vidyadhan Scholarship Program

Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) invites applications for its Vidyadhan scholarship program. The scholarship is for economically backward students, from families with an annual income below Rupees 2 lakhs. The students are selected after completion of Class 10/SSLC through a rigorous selection process.

Last date to apply : 20 August 2017

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Plus 1 program 2017

The students should have passed their SSLC examination this year 2017 from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with more than 90% (75% for students with disability). Those selected will be eligible for two-year scholarship from the Foundation. If they continue to do well, they will be given scholarship for pursuing any degree course of their interest.

Documents to be uploaded while applying for vidyadhan scholarship:

  1. 10th Marksheet   2. Income certificate     3. Photo

 Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Graduate program 2017

The students should have passed their HSC examination this year 2017 from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with more than 85% (75% for students with disability) or good rank in the entrance test for professional courses. Those selected will be eligible for scholarship from the Foundation. The scholarship amount for graduation courses varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000 per year depending on the state, course, duration etc.

Documents to be uploaded while applying for vidyadhan scholarship

  1. 10th Marksheet   2. 12th Marksheet   3. Income certificate     4. Photo

 

For more details, write to vidyadhan.tamilnadu@sdfoundationindia.com or contact +917339659929, 08042995209.

 

Apply here for the Scholarship

 

 

 

 

Bhumi Photography Workshop | Chennai

Bhumi is conducting a photography workshop for its volunteers on

Date: 16th July 2016, Sunday
Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
Venue: Bhumi Office

Who is it for?
For beginners, professionals and anyone in between.
All you need is the enthusiasm for learning and implementing it!

What do you need to bring?
Best if you have access to a DSLR  (any lens) or point & shoot camera. If you own a camera, it will be best for you and fellow participants to learn effectively in the workshop!

What will you learn?
Camera technique
Analysis of light & conditions
Composition and aesthetics
Conceptualising
Posing models, composition tips
About photographs and its impact on social media

A special event for volunteers – Bhumi Mumbai Adventure Race

One fine evening over a glass of water, Bhumi Coordinators decided to do Bhumi Mumbai Adventure Race (BMAR) instead of BPL. And it was successfully conducted on 17 June 2017.

The agenda of the event was to provide Mumbai Volunteers a platform to explore the heritage, history and culture of Mumbai along with a platform to raise awareness about Bhumi’s social initiatives and the importance of volunteerism. Also it was a unique opportunity to collaborate with volunteers from the other projects and to imbibe strategizing and team building.

It was a team-based event knitted like a treasure hunt with three driving factors:

  • Clues for Site Hopping
  • On Spot activities
  • Luck-by-chance

10 teams (4 in a team) participated in the event; all the teams brewed with excitement during the entire day. The event kick started with a word puzzle. As and when the teams completed the puzzle, we handed over the hunt sheet with all clues to solve.

The enthusiastic teams started solving the clues and scampered to different locations. The onus was on the team to ensure they make use of only public transport, as brownie points would be given to the teams showing train/bus tickets. WhatsApp group was created for each of the team and it was kind of a lifeline for them. Every hour they would receive a new task and they had to send a pic/video of it.

Tasks given to the teams:

  • Register 6 strangers for Bhumi -100 points for each registration
  • Feed 2 stray dogs – 200 points
  • Give a note of thanks along with a bottle of water to Traffic Cops
  • Flip a bottle (Luck By Chance)

Finally the task was to the jury to tally final score sheet. The teams were getting impatient wanting to know if they had made it to the top two. It was a very close competition and all teams did exceptionally well. The runners up group had Mumbai’s LEM PC and her friends, while the winning team was a mixed group of existing volunteers and new prospective volunteers.

The Father of Our Lady’s Home handed over the certificates and medals to the winners. Participants came up giving a positive feedback about the event, and expressed how they would like to support Bhumi further. Cheers to the organizing committee for making this event a super success.

Speak Out – Children’s Day Special

Inspiring the child in us!
Everybody has a child like nature within us and SpeakOutians got a special way to let it all out on this Children’s day with our bright angels! Volunteers at two of the Pudhiyadhor centres, Samarpana and Arun Rainbow planned a Children’s day event at their respective centres. At few centres we celebrated it giving chocolates, biscuits and stationary to the whole centre. We also screened movie at one of our centre “Despicable Me“ with prior permission of management. Kids absolutely loved the minions!

We thank volunteers from all 4 centres to take an effort and give me our kids best they deserve. A much cherishable day on the 2016-17 Calendar of SpeakOut!

Speak Out – This Week’s Special Children’s Day Special

“Akka parunga neenga dhan en name English la eludha soli kuduthinga.” said a kid named Madhan whom I used to teach. It made me so happy and that was the day when I realized that just the 2 hours we spend can make a bigger difference.

After that I actually wanted to bring change and that’s why I applied for ‘Lead Bhumi’. Kishore and Avinesh were my boosting tool. Everytime I come to Chennai and go back I carry a million memories and wait eagerly for the next weekend.

Even In future If I move of to some other city I will plan to start a Bhumi chapter. Bhumi is closely connected to my heart and soul and has been the platform to change myself from within.
And I’m looking forward to start a Project for Women Empowerment in Bhumi.    
                                                                                                                                              – Pavithra Mannan, City HR

 

Merchant of Wow! – Rhaasi

“Volunteering is an amazing chance were you get to contribute in making difference in society” says Rhaasi. An architecture student, joined Bhumi last year and this year she took up the role of centre HR coordinator of Arun Rainbow-Purasawakkam.

She says that she believes in good bonding among volunteers and team work and she’s put her words to action as well by having the best volunteer   bonding for her centre.

Thank you Rhaasi for being an awesome coordinator this year! We are proud to announce you as merchant of Wow!

Champs in the Amps!
Here are Samreen & Mansi – centre HR coordinators at CMS and Kamaraj Illam respectively doing an amazing job! Sharing their experience and journey so far:


Samreen

Volunteering for me means: Simply a chance to make a difference.

Best part of Bhumi: Its functioning pattern itself and youth volunteering which offers several responsibilities to youngsters.

Best part of Speakout: The maximum strength that our project has. Larger the count bigger the impact.

Bhumi has changed you as: As a better person who is very comfortable in conversing and working with many strangers whom I didn’t know before I joined Bhumi.

Inspiring person you meet in Bhumi: Our Founders are the best example that anyone would take them as inspiration because there start and the level and influence that Bhumi has now after 10 years of Journey showcases their hardwork.

What’s the most special thing happened to you in class: After class when I went down the stairs a little girl came running towards and draged me to her parents and introduced to them. That gave the absolute teacher feeling which was great!

 

Samreen’s Rapid Fire

Hobbies: Reading, writing
Love to: Dance, Enjoy songs
I dream Of:  That day when I can afford my parents’ living!
Chennai to me is: Its just Namma Ooru Chennai for me. A place where I would love to live in and make changes accordingly.
Favorites: Books – Alchemist   Movie – Any inspirational story and All love stories that has practical endings.  TV Series –  Koffee with Karan.

 

Mansi

Volunteering for me means: It’s all working selfless . Being carefree and just because you wanna do something which many peoples don’t tend to do that comfortably.

Best part of Bhumi: Attending class and being with kids. Meeting like minded people.

Best part of Speakout: Spamming and irrespective fights which has no head and tail. (All volunteers group whatsapp)

Changes you would like to see in spo: Recruitment process, where in beginners understand the seriousness of volunteering.

Bhumi has changed me as:  A person who consume time in proper channel.

Inspiring person I have met in Bhumi: “Pavithra” our HR coordinator. Being a working woman, she finds time to manage things at best way possible. She travels every weekend just to ensure that things at SPO goes smoothly.

Most special thing happened in class: Met this naughty kid at my spo class, Vignesh. He’s full of energy and not stoppable. He makes me dance every time I enter class, which makes me feel special and is signing on note for me to begin class.

 

Mansi’s Rapid Fire

Hobbies: Wander lust, cribbing novels.
Matrimonial ad: Commit at your own risk.
You dream off: To command like Hitler
Chennai to me is: second home
Favorites: Books – The white tiger    Movie – Gajni, Hachiko  TV Series – How I met your Mother

Partnership Intern

LetzChange is a tech-for-good not-for-profit Section 25 Company, created to enable people to support the causes they believe in by leveraging their social network.

A brainchild of Vikrant Bhargava, LetzChange aims to make online giving a simple and rewarding experience, empowering the donor and providing them with social tools to encourage their friends to be a part of this change. LetzChange labels itself as a “Simple Social Giving” platform, to achieve the mission of helping struggling and trusted NGOs with not only fundraising support but also with crucial assistance regarding marketing and technology.

Impact

LetzChange does not charge any fee for its service and entire donation goes directly to the NGO for maximum impact. With more than Rs. 3.5 Crore raised in less than 2 years, we are at the beginning of an exciting journey and are currently looking to grow our small, dedicated team. With our offices in Gurgaon and London, we are looking for enthusiasts who seek to help these organizations that seek to make real social change.

Partnership Intern

We require self-motivated proactive people for a 3 months’ internship to take on the critical role of helping LetzChange strengthen and build our relations with 1000 Indian nonprofits. LetzChange envisions this role as a unique opportunity to enhance their public relations and managerial skills, with a passion for transforming social change through enabling the development organizations scale up their impact.

Key Responsibilities:

  • •Working as linchpin between the partnered NGOs and LetzChange
  • •Analyzing the work history, cause and impact of these NGOs/development organizations
  • •Maintaining exclusive portfolios of partnered NGOs
  • Identifying the high and low performing partners and supporting them suitably; by enabling marketing and technical solutions accordingly
  • Working in close liaison with the internal teams like marketing, operations, finance and technical for smooth execution of the campaigns

Skills required:

  • •Ability to interact patiently, build and consistently maintain relationship with non profits.
  • •Ability to understand and implement LetzChange processes to ensure sustained adherence
  • •Proficiency in English with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • •Computer proficiency including MS office and other strategy tools

 

Point of contact: +91-124-6500402 | partners@letzchange.org |