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 |

 

Partnership Associate

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 to actively support the cause they believe in and provide 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.

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 a couple of years, we are at the beginning of an exciting journey and are currently looking to grow our small, dedicated team.

Partnership Associate: 

We are looking for a self-motivated proactive person who will take on the critical role of helping LetzChange strengthen our relation with the 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, and also help them scale up their impact.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working as linchpin between the partnered NGOs and the company
  • Identifying, shortlisting NGO portfolios and partnering with NGOs to be promoted via LetzChange
  • Analyzing the work history, cause and impact of these NGOs/development organizations
  • Maintaining exclusive portfolios of partnered NGOs
  • Understanding the NGO and their requirements, and providing marketing and technical solutions according to the specifications provided by them
  • Working in close liaison with the internal teams like marketing, operations, finance and technical for smooth execution of the campaigns
  • Responsible for identifying the high and low performing partners and supporting them suitably
  • The person should be willing to travel whenever necessary

Skills required:

  • Ability to interact, build and consistently maintain relationship with NGOs
  • Ability to understand LetzChange norms and implement LetzChange processes to ensure sustained adherence
  • Ability to plan,co-ordinatewith partners and execute efficient campaigns
  • Proficiency in English with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good writing skills would be a plus
  • Computer proficiency including MS office and other strategy tools.

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

 

B to Z – The nation wants to know

What is the difference between a good centre team and a great centre level team?

Which one is yours? The nation wants to know!

This is a contest between centre teams of all Ignite projects across India.

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 a 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. The event rewards centre level teams for several one-time and weekly milestones.

Training relevant to centre coordinators
Training for LB / NST
 
Join the Bhumi National FB Group to find the winners announcements for B to Z contest!

 

Best teams will receive national recognition in Bhumi social media channels. Exciting Bhumi goodies to be won every week and surprise prizes also to be announced.

The Lead Bhumi selection process unfolded

Some of you had questions on the rationale behind the process. Most of these have been explained below; feel free to write back to us if you have any further queries.

Q: I have a feeling I went through a lengthy process, briefly what were the different phases and how long were we expected to plan/execute these?

A: The process from its launch in Jan second week till the declaration of results in May last week did appear lengthy, and lasted over five months. However, if we break it down and analyse, each phase was 3-4 weeks long to help the applicants complete every phase without affecting their routine. Also, most of the phases had been extended by a week or two to ensure as many applicants were able to complete the activity. The phase-wise estimated time to complete including preparation and execution were:

  1. Application phase – 1 hour
  2. Develop phase (team task) – 10 hours
  3. Ignite task – 3 hours
  4. Interview round – 3 hours

Thus, a total of 17-20 hours was adequate from the applicants to complete the process successfully. It may look ideal but that’s how any selection process is expected to be. We observed that during the team task, some teams took a lot of interest and wanted to do more than what was expected, which took them longer to complete.

Q: What is the need for team task (Develop Phase)? Especially for Ignite volunteers why we had asked to do catalyse activities as part of Festival of Volunteering.

A: The objective of the group task is to sensitize every volunteer and LB applicant in particular to realise the depth of the cause we connect to (through RTE / Educational Audit activities) as well as the potential of volunteerism (through other activities). The volunteers had the freedom to choose between an educational project and entirely new ideas aligned with ignite –  as long as it had substance and impact. Ideas such as craft workshops, building as learning aids (BALA) etc. were also conducted and encouraged.

Q: During the team task (Develop Phase) I was asked to volunteer for or coordinate something different from my area of interest. Why was I supposed to?

A: Further to focusing on his/her interest, its ideal for every coordinator to contribute towards the holistic development of the organisation. No aspect of the process is outside of our interest area but only to give the applicants a complete picture of their own interest area.

Q: I have not been able to actively take part in the team task (Develop Phase) of the selection process. Have i been eliminated for that?

A: LB process is not an elimination process. As the name states, “Develop” phase primarily helps the applicant to build his profile in their journey to become a potential coordinator. As long as one didn’t totally skip / ignore a particular activity / task / phase, they haven’t been eliminated. A consolidated view of the performance in all phases was taken into consideration while selecting an applicant.

Q: I have not been able to complete the “ignite task” (Centre visit / centre management discussion / centre identification) as part of the Develop Phase. Have I been eliminated for that?

A: LB process is not an elimination process. The ignite task has been included in the selection process as a crucial task for ignite applicants. However, we realised that the task could have been scheduled earlier, considering the closure of sessions. Hence, we have given very less weightage to this task this year. However, going forward, completion of this task will be a pre-requisite to apply for ignite project roles.

Q: I had applied for Lead Bhumi 2016-17 and my commitment is only from the beginning of new academic year. Why was it assumed that applicants will have spare time for planning and executing the event?

A: Yes, the applied role is for the next academic year and for each role the time commitment is clearly laid out in the Lead Bhumi website. However, waiting till the beginning of the year has its challenges. To draw analogies, when you apply for a new course/job or a fellowship, the selection always takes place before the commitment begins.

Q: I had to coordinate multiple times with my interviewers for the interview. Even after finalising the interview, my interviewers never initiated or called me back?

A: The interview phase is designed to give the applicants a typical scenario they would be facing in coordinating with someone – a centre management, an external partner or even a volunteer; which, mostly in real life, requires perseverance and patience.

Wishing you the best always!!  Happy Volunteering!

Careers: Math lab facilitator

About Altius

Altius Foundation looks at new age transformational ideas that are scalable and have great impact on specific areas in the field of education. We’ve designed and implemented two projects and continue to scale up. Through our project – Gift a Future, a web-based program that provides educational assistance to rural students for completing secondary education and Karka, which attempts to showcase a new model of education facilitated by technology, the Foundation covers a wide spectrum of school education in a focused manner.

Why Karka Math lab?

On one hand, ASER reports came out with shocking numbers in the year 2010 about Mathematical skills in children. On the other, there have been incredibly foresighted, education scientists and policy makers opening our minds to the kinds of change possible. Khan Academy’s free, open source Math resource got us thinking. Could we use technology to bridge this gap?

How does our project use technology in a unique and innovative way?

The uniqueness of this project is the use of technology

  • to provide a personalized learning path at students own pace,
  • facilitated by instructors and
  • supported by peer tutoring

which results in higher grades and improved self confidence.

Teacher/Facilitator role

The aim is to create a belief system that students can learn either on their own or in association with other students.

The key role is to observe and understand how a student learns and where he/she has difficulties in learning. We need to provide support where the student has difficulties. Encourage the student to learn on his/her own.

Qualifications of the teacher / facilitator

The person must be a graduate (not necessarily math) , have a liking for maths. He/She must be capable of communicating in English and be comfortable in handling computers.

Pay Scale: around Rs.12,000/-

If you are interested please contact Mr.Krithivasan  @ 9444231243

Job profile: Community Officer | Thirumalai Mission Hospital

Thirumalai Mission Hospital
C/O Thirumalai Charity Trust, Vanapadi Road, Ranipet – 632 404, Ph.: 04172 247950
Email: personnel.tct@gmail.com

Job profile of Community Officer

 About the Trust: The Thirumalai Charity Trust (TCT), started in Mumbai in 1970 has been serving the rural poor in Vellore District in TamilNadu since 1983. Having offered several programmes to build their future, and empowering rural communities in health, differently abled, women development, entrepreneurship building, alcoholism de-addiction and education, TCT is currently engaged in primary healthcare in 315 villages (50 Panchayats) and hospital services in Thirumalai Mission Hospital at Ranipet.

With a focus on its mission to provide accessible, affordable quality healthcare, TCT is combating the widely prevalent ‘silent’ diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, obesity, arthritis, cancer in women, childhood asthma and allergy with relevant interventions in a cost effective way. As its team of multipurpose workers and field officers provide family care through volunteers and community based organizations, the team of medical consultants and hospital staff evolve programmes and structure them for effective delivery.

The hospital designed as a not for profit community hospital is built on a 5-acre plot with the needed facilities for outpatient and inpatient care including lab and diagnostics, pharmacy, dietary, ambulance and transport, etc. The electronic medical record system and the integrated hospital software aid in making the delivery efficient.

The vision is to build a healthcare model relevant for India and to build a community healthcare and academic and research institution.

Please visit www.thirumalaicharitytrust.org

Roles and responsibilities:

S/He will be responsible for

  • All the health and development activities in about 100 villages
  • Coordinating field staff in these villages
  • Consolidate the reports of the staff
  • Train and develop staff assigned
  • Carry out such other duties assigned from time to time

Qualifications and Experience:

The candidate will be expected to have a post graduate degree in a related field, like management, sociology, social work, development studies, public administration, medicine, hospital administration, etc. three to five years’ experience in community work preferred.  S/he will use limited resources optimally, and will be committed and aligned with the goals and values of the Trust.

We also welcome fresh PGs in any discipline interested to have a career in healthcare and willing to go through six-month training  prior to employment with us.

What Community Officer can expect:

  • Salary commensurate with qualification and experience
  • Housing at reasonable rentals and decent schooling in the locality
  • Free hostel with subsidised food for single girls
  • Training to prepare for the job
  • A recognition for his/her valuable contribution from all the stakeholders
  • Good working environment
  • Abundant opportunities for professional and career growth

Some info:

TCT is a well established NGO with excellent track record in service. TCT has been recognized for its service to the rural people by many professional and voluntary bodies at the state and national levels.

The promoters have resided in Ranipet since early 1970s and have a great interest in developing the community. They have made significant contributions to this community for over forty years through their manufacturing industries and in social, educational and development activities through the TCT and Vedavalli Vidyalaya institutions.  They are well recognized in industry and NGO circles for their commitment to quality and ethical standards and social responsibility.

www.thirumalaichemicals.com | www.ultramarinepigments.net | www.thirumalaicharitytrust.org
www.vedavallividyalaya.org | www.lapizonline.com

To Apply:

Interested candidates can send a brief cover letter and resume to personnel.tct@gmail.com or to

To:
The Director
Thirumalai Charity Trust
Thirumalai Nagar
Vanapadi Road & Post
Ranipet – 632404

Careers – Deputy Manager, Credibility Assurance Team, Give India

Are you looking to travel the hinterlands of our country? Would you like to experience the warmth and  simplicity of life? Here is an opportunity to breathe in the country air. We are looking for people who love to travel, interact with people and do audits while at it.

GiveIndia is a donation platform that allows donors to support 200+ NGOs that have been screened for credibility. We channel over Rs 30cr p.a., from 50,000+ donors. GiveIndia has three fundraising verticals – Online & Retail Giving, Payroll Giving (PRG) and Projects (HNI Giving). NGOs are listed on our platform based on requirements of donors. Our team, Credibility Assurance Team (CAT), is responsible for the due diligence of partner organisations. We ensure listing and sustained credibility of our partner organisations.

The person

  1. We require a self-motivated proactive person who will take on the following responsibilities
  2. Has the ability interact and build relationships with people
  1. Ability to plan, co-ordinate and conduct audit visits including project sites
  2. Basic knowledge of accounting. Knowledge of Tally desirable
  3. Analytical approach and ability to work with excel
  4. Proficiency in English with good communication skills

The role

  1. Conduct Audit visits to NGO’s office and project sites – Our process is comprehensive to ensure that the NGOs being supported are genuine. You will have to conduct due diligence of NGOs Identifying and persuading NGOs to list with us.
  2. Identify and enlist new partners on the website based on fundraising requirement. on The criteria for identification of NGOs include norms on accountability, transparency and good governance apart donor’s specification.
  3. Plan, monitoring and coordinate on ground due diligence of existing partners through the year.

The person should be willing to travel 15-20 days a month for the purpose of evaluation. This is a field visit-cum-desk role

Designation – Depends on Experience (Dy Manager to Manager), Credibility Assurance Team

Locations – Work from office, based out of Mumbai.

Qualification Post graduates preferably from IRMA/IIRM/XISS/IIFM with accounting background (B.Com/M.Com)

Experience Minimum 2 years experience in the NGO sector, preferably in evaluation/review of NGOs and their programmes/projects/activities.

 Salary 25-30,000 p.m CTC + Performance based Incentive (based on qualification and experience).

Interested candidates can email their resume to careers@giveindia.org with the subject line – “I want to travel all over India :-)”