Rewarding volunteers – V Awards

V- Awards is an initiative by the UN Volunteers in India to celebrate and encourage volunteerism among youth. V- Awards is supported by organisations in the development sector, Bhumi being one of them. V- Awards will recognize extraordinary young volunteers who are catalysts for change in their lives as well as their community.

Deadline

Apply for V-Awards before September 25, 2018 (Midnight IST)

Eligibility criteria:

– An Indian citizen between 16 to 29 years of age
– Volunteered for a minimum of 150 hours in a volunteering project over last year
– Meaningful engagement with community

For further information or queries, read the FAQs

Utilize this platform to inspire more people to volunteer for change and encourage volunteerism in India.

Apply now!

Support Teams FORUM –June 2018 MoM

Location: Bhumi Office

Time: 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Attendees: 

BST: Prahalathan, Ganapathy

CST: Ajin M (Chennai), Jeyakannan (Chennai), Neha Singhal (Kolkata), Sai (Chennai), Santhosh M (Chennai), Sritha (Bengaluru), Sudeep Naik (Pune), Sanjay (Kolkata)

NST: Aravind Manivannan (LES), Harish Ananth (Refresh), Sudhan (Refresh – Chennai)

National Change Drivers: Akshay (Lakshay), Satheesh (LEM & SPO), Joshua (Operations), Mohammed Arshath Parvez (LES)

Others: Hanika (NRO), Ganesh (HR), Ranjith (Zoho), Abdul Wahab (Operations)

Agenda 1: The meeting was started with positive huddle and celebration

Presenter – Convener

Agenda 2: Orientation Updates

Presenter – Ganesh

Action points:

  • Volunteer requirement to be updated in the volunteer requirement sheet http://www.bit.ly/volreqsheet
  • Volunteer dormancy status to be decided and updated based on a conversation with volunteers to understand their availability.
  • Orientation files and presentation – One stop for everything – Orientation Google Folder shared.
  • Paid promotions for orientation on social media is to be discussed with Doc.
  • Orientation process to be shared with CST/NST for suggestion.
  • Higher turn-out for orientation –

a. Starting promotions two weeks before orientation date

b. Sending multiple Emails/SMS to registered volunteers

c. Engaging volunteers via whatsapp group before orientation date

Agenda 3: Alternate terminology for Point of Contact

Presenter – Doc

Action points:

  • Suggestions to be posted in ELDP 2018-19 post https://bhumi.facebook.com/events/193284584656742/permalink/195415187777015/

Agenda 4: Support IDs

Presenter – Arshath

Action points:

  • Pre-read was shared. The new support IDs to be used and communicated by respective teams.

Agenda 5: Certification policy

Presenter – Ganesh

Action points:

  • Certification for Volunteers below 75% and above 75% attendance – with or without slabs / Letter Of Appreciation / Letter of Recommendation to be shared by Ganesh by this weekend and suggestions to be given.

Agenda 6: Orientation updates

Presenter –  Joshua

Action points:

  • Centre engagement form shared and explained
  • Satheesh to start discussion in workplace in ELDP 2018-19 group

Agenda 7: ELDP updates

Presenter – Arshath

Action points:

  • ELDP process shared and presented. Process to be shared.

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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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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One day for Bhumi (Volunteers speak their heart out)

We asked our volunteers to give a write up about what they felt about giving their “One

day for Bhumi?” We got a lot of interesting write ups. This one by our new volunteer, Shamli, is an

engaging piece. Hope it touches you as it did us.

Shamli Telrandhe says:

Speak out

Remember the time when you learnt to ride a bicycle, you fell, you got hurt, it’s not bad if you

remember it now. Because you had someone to pick you up. Someone to heal the pain. But not

everyone is that lucky. Millions of kids out there need help. Your help. Change is what we all strive

for in our country, why not be a part of it?

HOW?

Be a volunteer at an NGO, spread the knowledge that you have . You just need to give a few hours of

your weekend to make a difference. NGO, non-governmental organization is run only by the

volunteers who seek happiness by helping others.

WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN?

Immense amount of happiness, inner peace, hope, motivation, social skills and small things that

money can’t buy.

Change Today. Change tomorrow. The motto says it all. BHUMI is one such NGO where all your

dreams of helping someone are fulfilled.

You don’t need a superman costume to be a hero. All it takes is to help someone in need and you

could be their HERO.

Yes or no. In or out. Live or die. Hero or coward. Fight or give in. Human race is made up of choices.

Make sure you choose and choose for a better tomorrow.