Author: Vaishali Rajan

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

Speak Out – Children’s Day Special

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.

FEEDBACK FROM KIDS

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

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

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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