Vidyadhan Scholarship Program 2018

Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) set up by Mrs. Kumari Shibulal (Patron) and Mr. S.D Shibulal (Co-founder, Infosys) invites applications for its Vidyadhan scholarship program. The scholarship is for economically backward students, from families with an annual income below Rs. 2 lakhs. The students should have passed their SSLC examination this year (2018) from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with more than 90% (75% for students with disability) or A+ grade in all subjects. The selected students will be eligible for a scholarship amount of Rs 6000/year for Plus 1 and Plus 2.  If they continue to do well, they will be given between Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000 per year for pursuing degree course. 

Mrs. Kumari Shibulal, Patron, The Sarojini Damadaran Foundation said, “With each passing year, our endeavor is to provide every child hailing from an underprivileged background with the right to higher education. I believe education is a passport to transform lives. We encourage all eligible students across the State to apply.”

About the Sarojini Damodaran Foundation: The Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) emerged from a vision to transform lives through education and a sense of responsibility towards the society. It is this driving force that inspired Kumari Shibulal & S.D. Shibulal to lay the founding stone of SDF in 1999. SDF started off on a small scale, providing scholarships to a few underprivileged students in Alappuzha, Kerala. Today, SDF is a constantly growing entity expanding its reach to various causes including education and sports (Vidyadhan, Vidyarakshak and Vidyakreeda), child healthcare (Ayurdhan), organic farming (Akshaya Sree Awards) and social causes (Harishree) in different parts of the country.

 

About the Program:

Vidyadhan Scholarship Program from Sarojini Damodaran Foundation supports the college education of meritorious students from economically challenged families. The students are selected after completion of 10th grade / SSLC through a rigorous selection process. Currently Vidyadhan program has around 1500 students across the following states: Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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; these scholarships are directly through the foundation or external sponsors who have registered with the Foundation. The scholarship amount for graduation courses varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000 per year depending on the course and duration. The selected students will be required to attend the mentoring programs from the Foundation.

 

Those eligible can apply online by logging into www.vidyadhan.org  from May 23rd, 2018 to June 30th, 2018. For more details Please write to vidyadhan.tamilnadu@sdfoundationindia.com or contact Vishwanath +91 7339659929

Ignite NSTs Forum – MoM 29.04.2018

MOM-NST Meeting-29th April 2018

Venue: Bhumi office

Time: 02:00 PM – 05.00 PM

Attendees: Gokul, Ranjith, Gana, Murali, Arun, Wahab, Doc, Akshay, Arshath ,Ganesh and Shilpa

Agenda 1

It was opened by Arun with positive gathering and moments of celebration

Lakshya:

  • It was a progressive week
  •  Social project was started in two community centers with a strength of 30 children.
  •  Response from the children was appreciable.

Kanini:

  • The second AVM was held and discussion was held on improvement of content and impact
  • Scratch workshop was started in Bangalore and Chennai

LEM:

  • Content improvising was initiated by Arun and Satheesh

Content evolution document discussion will be held.

Agenda 2

Arun did a follow-up on the previous MOM

  1.  Lakshya Project Expansion plan by Akshay/Sriram [30-04-2018]
  2.  Centre Identification status- Report updated by Joshua  [30-04-2018]
  3.  Ignite Centre database was shared by Joshua [30-04-2018]
  4.  Status of EYR reports for Bangalore/Chennai was shared by Joshua; Chennai data to be shared by Wahab; Chennai CST had attended a meeting with Wahab and the report will handed over next week
  5.  Fulcrum outcome report by Akshay to be reviewed by BST next week and published [06-05-2018]
  6.  AK to share the outcome to the NST by tonight
  7.  The outcomes to be discussed in project content meeting.

Agenda 3

ELDP & LB Updates by Arshath/Ganesh

Lead Bhumi:

  • LB team will require the support of NST to encourage the LB applicants of their respective projects to complete the PSR tasks
  •  Most of the applicants have requested but very few have completed the task
  • LB application is open throughout. The process will remain for anyone who applies. Instead of group task, one more PSR activity will be given

Beacon+ dates:

  1.  Kolkatta-12 and 13 may
  2. Pune – 26 and 27 may
  3. Bangalore-12 and 13 may
  4. Chennai – 19 and 20th may
  5. NST will encourage the applicants to complete the task and plan for Beacon+
  6. LB support team will connect with CST and gather feedback
  7. Review should be done for all completed applicant by LB support team
  8.  If an applicant is waitlisted/rejected, a grooming process can be planned.
  9. Announcing the results to applicants after LB review process [LB team]
  10.  Satheesh to give a demonstration of LB review process in NST group
  11. Project wise status will be shared by Ganesh about PSR

ELDP Updates

  •  ELDP team will make sure the NST will attend next meeting
  •  Final list of ELDP was shared with their scopes and responsibilities
  •  NST and CST responsibilities have been shared. RST will be a part of NST
  •  Feedback of ELDP was shared as well
  •  Grooming plans were also shared
  • Quarterly recognition will be done
  • Certificate will be provided for successfully fulfilling the ELDP programme as per expectations
  • Project vision started during beacon will be shared with the applicants
  • Project which doesn’t have NST or POC can be selected after conducting an interview
  • Process date will be decided by ELDP

Agenda 4

Annual Feedback Status was presented by Ganesh

  • Total feedback received was 359
  • All cities are progressing well, except Chennai
  • Ganesh will be sharing the chennai specific data with CST, with concerned people in loop
  • A discussion to be held with CST and project lead
  • Name, email and mobile number to be removed as required fields
  • Tracking of clicks and forms filled based on file
  •  Another bitly link will be created for Chennai
  •  Follow up of the feedback on completion before the start of academic year
  •  City wise/project specific feedback can be shared and follow up plan will be done post Beacon+
  •  Project wise feedback will be shared by 05/05/2018
  • Consolidated feedback report will be shared once 500 feedbacks are received, probably by mid of May

Agenda 5

Volunteer Retention to be presented by Sai KP

  • Agenda Point carry forwarded to next NST meeting

Agenda 6

Promotion status and plan for the upcoming year by Sai KP

  • Agenda Point carry forwarded to next NST meeting

Agenda 7

LEM & SPO Class Trend by Gokul/Arshath

  • NST’s/IA’s to be shared the class trends for their respective projects by next NST meet

Agenda 8

Annual project planning / meeting schedule by Murali

  • Start having meeting regarding project planning by mid of May
  • Visioning has already been initiated.
  • Final project plan presentation will be shared by last week of May

Agenda 9

Pedagogy training update presented by Arun

  •  Identifying the trainers by end of May
  • Trainer identification form will be shared by today
  •  Ganesh to come up with an action plan for orientation by Tuesday
  • Trainer mentor should be aligned with CST.
  • Discussion will be held on the structure and planing will be done

Agenda 10

Project Induction and ongoing content support strategy by Murali

  • NST to come up with project induction strategy and content for review to Murali
  • Murali to draft a template of induction checklist to circulated to NST
  • Review meet will consist of one from curriculum team , one from BST , and one volunteer by end of May
  • Presentation will be shared by second weekend of May.

Agenda 11

TFI workshop takeaways by Arun

  • Takeaways attached herewith

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.