Bhumi

Rating: 4.73 stars   415 reviews

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Location: 13, Cenotaph Road First Lane Teynampet Chennai 600018 India

Mission: 1. To bridge the social gap through quality education to the under-privileged 2. To provide a platform for socially conscious youth who want to contribute towards the nation's progress 3. Molding the youth into tomorrow's leaders 4. Ensuring that finance is not an obstacle between students and their career aspirations 5. Motivating youth to become Climate Messengers and create environmental awareness amidst common man and combat global warming through initiatives like planting tree saplings, developing neighborhood parks, creating awareness about plastic alternatives etc
Results: 1. Kanini – computer literacy programme that involves teaching of basic and advanced concepts based on the children's aptitude levels. The programme is ongoing at five chapters where over 800 children are benefitting from it. 2. Speak Out – interactive English-learning programme for children who have limited or no proficiency in the language. This programme is ongoing at one chapter where 160 children are benefitting. 3. Lakshya –mentorship programme that pairs underprivileged children with volunteers, who act as their mentors and undergo experiential learning in leadership. The programme is ongoing at three chapters where 300 children are benefitting. 4. Little Einsteins – activity-based approach to learn Mathematics and Science using live demonstrations and multimedia tools. The programme is ongoing in five chapters where 300 children are benefitting. 5. Nakshatra – Annual inter-children's home art, cultural, sports and science talent fest for children to exhibit their talents and explore their potential in an atmosphere of healthy competition. Over 5,000 children from 100 children's homes have benefitted across Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi & Tiruchirapalli. 6. Joy to the World – annual initiative to spread joy to underprivileged children by fulfilling their small wishes just ahead of the New Year. Over 5,000 children are expected to benefit this year
Target demographics: underprivileged children at orphanages, slum and village community centres
Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,000 children
Geographic areas served: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jaipur & Delhi NCR
Programs: Mentoring and teaching English, Mathematics, Science and Computers
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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

As a Teach India volunteer, I thought, teaching under-privileged children was a step towards fighting to make this country better(through education). But as a Bhumi volunteer, I discovered numerous other ways to do so. Education, undebatably, remains the first step towards making a better India. But here in Bhumi,we have other issues of concerns too, like environment, computer knowledge, community development. And Bhumi is constantly working towards these and the success stories will be heard through every proud Bhumian. Bhumi, as a family, has two wings. One is the volunteers and the other is the receiving end like the children. Each and every volunteer in Bhumi has joined, bearing in mind specific ideas, big or small. No heirachy appears among the volunteers and every volunteer gets to contribute even in the most trivial of matters. The Bhumi family has created such a transparent environment for everyone, that it is pure joy to work with them. Every single volunteer, be it anyone, is very down to earth, despite the pride we possess as Bhumians. I have seldom seen any network with zero politics. Bhumi is it! Joining Bhumi was the most clear decision I have taken. The other wing, is the main one. Our very own children and our environment. They are the VIPs of Bhumi. All our hardwork goes into them and they have never failed to recognize that. The knowledge we received during our childhood is polished and being transfered to them with hopes that they become more than what we are today. And any weekend, if you see people toiling under the hot sun,in the kotturpuram park, take a little time and say Hi BHUMIAN to them.I cant promise about India, but Chennai seems a better place with BHUMI! Heres to all the BHUMIANS who have made BHUMI possible.CHEERS!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the face of the kids i teach every weekend.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new and like minded people and the happiness given and received.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and true Indian citizens. All with the same amount of zeal and zest towards making education reach every mind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spend it all on the kids. We dont need money to do what we do. We need the right spirit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer and I taught English more focused on spoken English for gals kids in an Govt gals school at purasavakkam on every Sunday. We were group of 10-12 volunteer who taught ard 50 kids at that school. Each volunteer had small group of kids so that we could help them better and we adopted many interactive, fun and easy learning methods which would help first generation English learners. I had amazing time teaching & learning from kids. BHUMI has been doing other projects addressing issues on climatic change, community development, teaching computers etc.. . On the whole BHUMI ROCKS and iam proud to be a Bhumian. :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Networking,,we get to know people of same kind of thoughts to make tomorrow a better place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated,selfless,responsible..

Ways to make it better...

I could give more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Bhumi is perhaps the best answer for Obama's "Yes We Can". It needs to be noted that this non profit organisation was started by a group of very determined young people way before we even got to know about the man. Though I have not been the most active member of this organisation, I am well aware that every child Bhumi helps comes with a story, a dream and hope that it would be realised. And Bhumi works towards it by providing what is considered the most elementary need: Education. At Bhumi, every volunteer is 100% there, provides the most down to earth care and makes the world of books and ink fun for the children. Hats off to you guys!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

day to day life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is fun, spontaneous, dedicated and very goal oriented

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from various walks of life: students, professionals and parents

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place to live in. Come on! Give it to them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

HI everyone, This is Rishikesh.R.. Am so proud to say that am a part of Bhumi....Bhumi is the place where you can young blood teaching and making way to improve even more young bloods in our society..... I teach kids English during sundays and more you teach the more you learn....its amazing that the kids are grasp very well and have to tendency top learn more and more.... their enthu and energy is unbelievable.....Even though i see the kids jus once a week they mean a very lot to me and each and every Bhumian!!! as a whole Bhumi is the place to be!!! PROUD TO BE A BHUMIAN!!!! JAI HIND!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new people, gaining good and different exposure.. teaching children what we know.....

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly, great friends and good teachers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buikt its own nation!!!!! :D

Ways to make it better...

the classes were regularly conducted!!!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

take up a management which is more responsible and keen to improve their chilren knowledge rather than missing classes often and cancelling the classes!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

i have experienced not only how BHUMI has changed the lives of the under-previlaged children with knowledgable education but also towards upliftment in the field of primary education.This experience i have had both as a volunteer and now as a member. An offshoot in this focus of upliftment is also to uphold the eco-conservation balance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the wings of activites that have been spearheading rapidly against what i saw when i enrolled and aslo inthe number of members and output resutls presented during each of the AGMs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

well, at presetn nothing but when they grow in size and number decentralization along wioth line and staff mangement culture shall be introduced

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the base is strong. every unit incharge is so sure headed of his/her future growth and short term goals that they hardly get disoriented.One other thing is even though, they miss, they dont falter, they muster and charge again even harder !

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really young and mature. dedicated and committed. fun loving yet serious minded casual yet its great bacause at this young age, they have this fire to do service, imagine their fire at 40-50!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

use 1 million bucks for itself, used the otehr 9 million bucks to make another 9 Bhumi in various parts of Asia and start marking places in the world map.

Ways to make it better...

my job had not been switched to a site job thereby leaving little room for my phyical contribution and also my not so fluent tamil which i sometimes falter when i need to explain to the basics

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

location and resources. resources i mean by the apt tools required. Location i mean the places where there find a need. this can lead to a bit of disorganization and confusion in later stages if not rooted in the beginning

One thing I'd also say is that...

dont be afraid ot make mistakes and dont expect everything you do to turn out perfectly. everything has a first time and that is nature. dont try to defy that, rahter learn to accept that

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

through teach india campaign when i first met bhumi, i was amazed with the list of projects done by bhumi. it was just an normal interaction with two volunteers. But the Bhumi induction program and the subsequent induction program for MAD(make a difference) was really good. It had lot of team games, presentation, experience sharing and most important it was a fully energised environment. I teach the kids of Anbu karangal home in trivanmayur,chennai every weekend. it is great experience to work with bhumi associates

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every interaction between volunteers

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing i could think off

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

energy among bhumi associates

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, young and always smiling

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

organize a get together festival for all the orphan kids across india

Ways to make it better...

if my experience as a bhumi volunteer was more

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they need more volunteers and funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

Bhumi is great

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

First of All I feel great to be a part of Bhumi, & when I joined the Kanini I don‟t know what I have to do... & had many Qns like how I‟m gonna manage d studentz?? & so on... but all the volenteerz in my center helped me 2 feel comfortable & to manage d classe!!! & frankly speaking I learned MSWord only by taking classes in BM. It was good to train as well as getting trained @ d same time ... & Itz always good if some1 can get use of our knowledge & that 2 if this can help d career of student dat would be really great!!! Earlier I was really worried dat I‟m wasting all my week-end & now my worries are no more... And I‟m happy dat I got new friend thru Bhumi & I wish diz should cont...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

So friendly & interactive...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am a Health professional. I am giving financial and technical assistance to the organization. I teach the children about leading a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy & satisfaction i get by teaching to the children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have friends who work in Bhumi and it's always a great pleasure to see the amount of dedication that they put into their work. I write for children and it felt great to know that Bhumi uses these bilingual texts to empower children with language skills. I think it's especially wonderful that this organization is youth-centric and gives young people who desire change an opportunity to be an active part of it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, committed, passionate, and most importantly, believers in change.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It was after my 12th when I was wasting time doing nothing useful, my friend told me about this organisation.Teaching underprivileged kids English was great as i felt I was making at least a small change in their lives.Even if i have not helped them much, I have learnt a lot the past year teaching them. This is all thanks to Bhumi.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world into a better place. Without so much money itself Bhumi is doing a superb job,with the money there is nothing stopping us! Change Today, Change Tomorrow

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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