Volunteer for Bhumi events – October 2015

Bhumi Chennai has exciting events lined up for October, 2015

We are hosting the 2nd edition of the Bhumi Corporate League (BCL) during Daan Utsav on the 4th October.

In collaboration with AID India, we are hosting a Chennai city wide Treasure Hunt on the 18th October.

These events are being organised to create awareness and raise funds for the cause. Volunteers who are ready to help organise the events can register below. To help promote the events, a Flash mob is also being conducted, and you can be apart of it too!

FEEDBACK FROM KIDS

The super excited kids who participated in Nakshatra gave us interesting feedbacks. Almost all had the same questions when we met them post Nakshatra, “How were we on stage?” and “When is the next Nakshatra?” One such experience, taken as an interview is mentioned below;

Volunteer: How was the day?

Kid: “Bohot maja aya” (I enjoyed the day. Had too much fun)

Volunteer: How did you feel on the stage while performing?

Kid: “Dance karne ko bohot acha laga. thoda daara mai pehle. Par badme sab ke samne nachne me maja aya” (Dancing in front of everyone in the auditorium was a scary but awesome experience for me).

Volunteer: Did you like the food? What was your favorite item?

Kid: “Bohot tasty tha. Sabse acha Gulab Jamun. Maine 5 khaye!!!” (The food was very tasty. Favorite was Gulab Jamun, of which I ate 5!!!!)

Volunteer: Tell me your favorite performance of the day.

Kid: “Mera dance. Aur fir jo mere friend ne face painting kiya tha who. Aur jo ‘Chitiyan Kalayaan’ pe dance kiya tha who mujhe bohot acha laga” (I loved my own dance. And next best was the face painting that my friend had done. I thought the dance performance on the song ‘Chitiyaan kalayaan’ was the best).

Volunteer: Will you participate in the next Nakshatra? What will you do?

Kid: “Haan. Pakka karunga. Kab hai next wala? Mai agli baar acting karunga, mujhe bohot achi ati hai. Dikhau?” (Yes, definitely. When is the next Nakshatra? I will act in front of the audience. I can act out a number of people. Want me to show?)

And then the interview was forgotten in the midst of the enthusiastic acting by the kid.

But all in all, everyone is waiting and gearing up for the next showdown. Hope to see these kids soon.

 

PUNE NAKSHATRA 2015

You see those little ones perform, they sing and dance. Their skills, zeal and perfection of the arts leave you awe-struck. You don’t feel like taking your eyes off the stage, scared to miss out on anything! They paint, draw and mould clay. Their imagination and creativity leaves you speechless. You think about the potential and talent hidden in there. And the moment you see the smiles on their face, the twinkle in their eyes, you get goose bumps, you don’t know whether to smile or cry or do both. During this pandemonium around you, somewhere inside in the corner of your heart you feel happy and content. And all you have to say is,

Welcome to “Pune Nakshatra 2015”

Nakshatra, Bhumi’s annual inter-orphanage art, literary, cultural, science and sports talent fest for children was held in Pune for the first time on August 2nd 2015. It all started on a Saturday night among “high” talks between Suren, Srinivas and Sai. A big ‘Thank you’ to these guys, we owe you a lot. You showed us the dream and all of us were more than happy to make it happen.

With help from the Chennai team and a lot of enthusiasm and will, the preparations began. Meetings were held every now and then. Discussions about anything and everything. People taking out time from their busy routines, dividing themselves into different teams and putting in their best ideas. Giving their very best to make everything happen, failing at times, but still undeterred. Facing all the hurdles and challenges, come what may, together. Many sleepless nights and days of hard work later, the much awaited Day of Judgment arrived.

The morning air was heavy with excitement, enthusiasm, anxiety, tensions, confusion and fear. All had only one prayer in mind – “Let everything go smooth”. And it did. The kids arrived in time, smiling and dressed in glitters, boosting the volunteer moral even more. With beautiful and energetic performances of the kids, and the coordination and hard work of the volunteers, “Nakshatra” finally became a dream come true!

So this edition of our Nakshatra newsletter takes you through the journey of the kids, their awesome performances and their beautiful creativity. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Relead+ | Leadership programme | Blue Ribbon Movement

What is Relead?
Relead is a 3 day Non-residential learning program that will help youth to answer the most important question there ever is:  What should I do with my life?

Relead is an engaging learning experience designed to answer the four questions mentioned in the graphic above. It is for anyone looking to build clarity on their life choices and direction.
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Relead will be anchored by Abhishek Thakore, the Founder of The Blue Ribbon Movement. Abhishek has facilitated programs around the world for over 15 years now including Bhumi’s Leadership Development programme Lead Bhumi. But what makes him unique is his own journey as a leader. There will be guest speakers joining into the program, bringing their own unique flavors and perspectives.

This is a paid program which is going to be held in four major cities of India :

  • Pune (6 – 8 Nov 2015)
  • Kolkata (13 – 15 Nov 2015)
  • Ahmedabad (18 – 20 Dec. 2015)
  • Mumbai (2 – 4 Jan 2016)

For early bird offers, register before 15 Sept 2015. Additional 10% discount is offered to Bhumi volunteers. Please mention that you are a volunteer in the registration form or just write the Discount Code : RELEADDISC10

For more details on Relead visit the website.

Operations Director Vacancy At Pudiyador | Chennai

Pudiyador is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged children and their communities through education and social support. Children from five communities around the city of Chennai come to the Pudiyador centers in or near their communities after school hours on weekdays and all day during the weekends. They are provided a safe space in which they get help with their mainstream academics, they learn to engage in and appreciate arts and sports, and they learn life skills that will enable them to function in and contribute to society in meaningful ways. Pudiyador also works closely with the children’s parents, local school officials, and other community members to ensure that the programming is deep and sustainable.Pudiyador operates three main programs:

(a) After-School Program
Academic support and extra-curricular activities for children between ages 5 and 12. This includes education modules for reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as art and sports modules.

(b) Young Adult Program
Activities that engage community teenagers and Pudiyador alumni in meaningful, useful, and enjoyable activities. Some of these activities could potentially provide young adults with real means of employment.

(c) Community Interface Program
Home visits, activities, and community events aimed at minimizing abuse and maximizing safety and well-being of children, their parents, and the entire community overall.

We consistently monitor and evaluate all our programs to ensure that they are effective in and appropriate for each center. Pudiyador currently operates in two communities in Ramapuram, two in Besant Nagar, and one in Saligramam.

Job Posting for Operations Director, Pudiyador

Job description

  • Join team of directors of Pudiyador (first 3 months probationary period)
  • Work closely with Program Director on big picture and day-to-day operations of Pudiyador
  • Plan and direct activities based on annual and semi-annual goals
  • Train and mentor teachers and resource persons in various tasks including using email/MS Office/Skype, etc
  • Identify and address one-time and routine issues
  • Everyday follow up on ongoing activities
  • Travel frequently to organizations/homes within (and sometimes outside) city limits
  • 8 hours a day, 6 days a week

Basic qualifications

  • Some undergraduate degree
  • Minimum 2 years team-work experience
  • Fluent in Tamil and English
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Working knowledge of MS Office products, email, video chat technology, and the internet in general
  • Degree in engineering or experience in working in a multi-national company is a plus. A degree in education/sociology/psychology and/or experience working with children and or a non-profit is also a bonus.

Instructions to apply
The following application documents must be submitted as attachments via email to jobs@pudiyador.org . We require all 4 sets of documents to be able to process your application.

    1. Latest resume
    2. Scan/photo/copy of your degree certificate(s)
    3. Application form (Click here to download, see pages 3-6)
    4. Recommendation forms completed and sent by TWO supervisors and/co-workers that know you in a professional setting (see pages 7-8)

Recommendation letters must be sent directly by the recommenders from their email address. If that is not possible, printed or hand-written letters can be sent to: Pudiyador, 14, Giri Nagar, Ramapuram, Chennai 600089.

Coordinator Vacancies At Pudiyador | Chennai

Pudiyador is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of underprivileged children and their communities through education and social support. Children from five communities around the city of Chennai come to the Pudiyador centers in or near their communities after school hours on weekdays and all day during the weekends. They are provided a safe space in which they get help with their mainstream academics, they learn to engage in and appreciate arts and sports, and they learn life skills that will enable them to function in and contribute to society in meaningful ways. Pudiyador also works closely with the children’s parents, local school officials, and other community members to ensure that the programming is deep and sustainable.Pudiyador operates three main programs:

(a) After-School Program
Academic support and extra-curricular activities for children between ages 5 and 12. This includes education modules for reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as art and sports modules.

(b) Young Adult Program
Activities that engage community teenagers and Pudiyador alumni in meaningful, useful, and enjoyable activities. Some of these activities could potentially provide young adults with real means of employment.

(c) Community Interface Program
Home visits, activities, and community events aimed at minimizing abuse and maximizing safety and well-being of children, their parents, and the entire community overall.

We consistently monitor and evaluate all our programs to ensure that they are effective in and appropriate for each center. Pudiyador currently operates in two communities in Ramapuram, two in Besant Nagar, and one in Saligramam.

Pudiyador is looking to fill the following positions beginning August 2015. Interested applicants are asked to contact the Program Director, Chiai Uraguchi (99626-01712) and send their resumes to chiai@pudiyador.org . A phone call meeting will be set up to discuss the applicant’s capabilities and experiences, the requirements of the job, and the pay scale. 

Position 1) After School Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

– 30-40 hours a week

– Visit each of the 5 centers once a week to check after school program quality

– Analyze children’s assessment of their maths and language skills/progress

– Discuss child well-being with teachers from all five centers on a weekly basis

– Maintain and revise program time tables according to the needs of each center

Eligibility specifications:

* Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferably in Social Work) with a minimum of 1 year experience in the development sector, preferably community work.

* Fluency in English & Tamil

* Familiarity with e-mail and MS-Office

Position 2) Community Interface Coordinator

Responsibilities: 

– 30-40 hours a week

– Train home visit facilitators to speak with families about their children

– Go on home visits with the home visit facilitators 3-5 times a week

– Work with community to derive social intervention according to their needs and facilitate it to create better community (bi-weekly meetings with community members and leaders)

– Identify interventions to support semi street children (2 months)

– Implement interventions (6 months)

Eligibility specifications:

* 12th std. pass with experience dealing with communities (personally or professionally)

* Fluency in English & Tamil

* Familiarity with e-mail and MS-Office is preferred

Position 3) Teacher Support Coordinator

Responsibilities: 

– 30-40 hours a week

– Conduct meetings with teachers from all centers once every 2 weeks

– Meet teachers at different centers every day, check on regular issues

– Interact on a regular basis with children, get to know them, gain trust

– Follow up with individual teacher/student issues on a weekly basis

Eligibility specifications:

* Must like working with children and be gentle with them

* Fluency in Tamil (English knowledge is a plus)

Orientation, 28/06/2015

Bhumi Pune chapter is expanding and reaching out to a larger number of underprivileged kids is our

aim for 2015-2016. From 9 centers in 2014, we have been able to expand to 13 in June 2015, and we

hope to include more by September 2015. Volunteer recruitment and orientation drives to cope up

with the increasing centers are simultaneous processes. With the help of “Each one get one” drive

almost 50 volunteers were registered on the Bhumi website. We conducted an orientation on 6th

June 2015 and one on 28th June 2015. On 28th June, to welcome new volunteers, Bhumi introduction

presentation was delivered by our new regional manager, Ms. Meghna Raveendra and Nilanjan. C

(LES Project Cordinator) presented the volunteer impact. The orientation had various fun activities

to make it a lively and engaging session.

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Chandrakant Mahajan, Volunteer Speak Out.

“A wonderful experience. The energy and passion with which the sessions were conducted blew

away all my sunday morning laziness. The orientation session gave me a good insight of the

organization and helped me decide the education project I wanted to join. The pedagogy session

conducted by Sai helped me explore many interesting ideas which I will definitely use in my teaching

sessions. Pointers on how to conduct the class, how to conduct various games and activities to make

learning fun and interesting for kids, things to do and not to do while teaching were a great help and

made me confident for my teaching sessions. All the volunteers were friendly, and the informal

touch to the sessions was refreshing and comfortable. The activities conducted involved everyone

present and helped break the ice with fellow volunteers.”

Chandrakant Mahajan, Volunteer Speak Out.

Chandrakant Mahajan, Volunteer Speak Out.

Meghna Raveendra- Regional Manager, Bhumi,Pune.

Meghna is the latest addition to our little family here at Bhumi Pune Chapter. Although, technically

the oldest volunteer of the chapter who had taken the initiative along with her friends to start the

Bhumi Chapter way back in 2011. She lives in Mumbai with her family and has taken up the role of

Regional Manager (Western Region) at Bhumi. She is a sweet, lovable and awesome person who is

fun to work with and has a lot of enthusiasm and zeal towards the cause. She brings a lot of positive

energy with her. She was a Teach for India fellow and is experienced in social work. We welcome her

to the family whole heartedly.

 

“When I joined Bhumi in June I was told by the central team about the energy and passion that our Pune team had.

But when I met them I saw that there was much more to the energy and passion. The dedication and empathy that I

saw in the team made me feel this is exactly where I belong. I was apprehensive first as to how the team would take

in a new member.. but once I met them they made me feel at home. Love the way you guys work. It’s amazing to see

people who volunteer with so much dedication and love for the cause! Wish you the best of things”!

– Meghna Raveendra.

 

Ice Breaker Session- Speak Out

Post little hurdles start last year, with great hope we kicked off this year’s Speak Out batch at Eklavya

Balgram. The excited, somewhat nervous volunteers slowly showed up at the centre, as the

excitement levels of the kids already began to skyrocket. We started off with a quick introduction

session. Whoever possessed the ball had to introduce themselves (in English) and then pass it along

to someone who hadn’t yet. That way, everyone had to be alert enough to remember who did and

who didn’t. The kids were then mapped 3:1 for each volunteer leaving us with 6 teams to battle it

out for the next round, which was Who Am I? Each team was given a small chit with clues in English.

The volunteer would explain the clues to the kids in preferred language and once the kids had

figured it out, they had to paint it on the sheet provided to them. All the necessities were already

provided. The activity helped the volunteers to connect on a much deeper level with the kid. As I

collected the sheets, I could see a stronger bond between the children and the volunteers. Though

no prizes were there to be given away, the volunteers had gained much more, not just the kids.

Another interesting activity that was suggested by our own volunteer was to begin and end each

session with a prayer. The video shows the enthusiasm of the kids during this activity.

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