Presenting the Ignite Shelters Support Team

The Bhumi Support Team and its people have collectively managed the Ignite – Shelters programme since inception, till date but times have changed.

2006-20162016
Only one major programme: Ignite – SheltersSeveral major verticals including Ignite – Shelters; Ignite – Communities; Ignite – Schools, Catalyse, REFRESH, Scholarships
Average age difference between volunteers & management team: Five yearsAverage age difference between volunteers & management team: Ten Years+
All team members were PCs of various projects initially, even volunteersNot any more

A case for change is the Ignite (Shelters) Support Team – ISST, a team that

  • is more connected with the volunteers on the ground
  • Can oversee day to day management the programme giving its undivided focus only on Ignite – Shelters
  • can take decisions for Ignite – Shelters more aligned to how contemporary volunteers think and do 

What will the Bhumi Support Team – BST do?

  • Function as the “Board” for the Ignite – Shelters team
  • Divide time better across the organisation
  • Support and hand hold the Ignite (Shelters) Support Team in the transition

Responsibilities of the Bhumi Support Team for Ignite – Shleters

The Bhumi Support team will focus keeping with the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic planning goals. Responsibilities include:

  • Approving members chosen for the Ignite (Shelters) Support Team
  • Providing strategic direction and long term priorities / goals for the programme
  • Approving major policies / decisions
  • Reviewing progress – Quarterly
  • Serving as external advocates – Representing the programme to funders etc. 

Responsibilities of the Ignite (Shelters) Support Team

The team will lead the programme in keeping with the BST’s direction. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing direction on annual priorities / goals for the programme
  • Making policies / decisions pertaining to the programme
  • Keeping the BST educated and informed
  • Bringing well-documented recommendations and information to the BST 

Presenting the Ignite -Shelter Support team  

From left: Vaishnavi Srinivasan (BST), Ganesh Kumar, [National HR, Bengaluru] (ISST), Meghna Raveendra [Lead Bhumi, Mumbai] (ISST), Dr Prahalathan KK (BST), Mohammed Arshath Parvez Murthuja [Computers & Science NST, Chennai] (ISST), Ayyanar Elumalai (BST), Sanjna Chebium [Computers NST, Chennai] (ISST), Satheesh Ravi [Maths & English NST, Chennai] (ISST), Neha Singhal [Kolkata CST] (ISST), Ganapathy H Krishnan (BST)

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.​​