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  

7 people found this review helpful

Bhumi is one of the best things to have happened to me and i mean to from the bottom of my heart. I have had some of the best moments while taking English classes under the Make A Difference (M.A.D) program! The excitement and radiance on the kids face when they learn something new is something that no one would want to miss! I have taught in two of the places under this program and the experience has been nothing short of amazing! Since we focus on activity based learning, its more fun and does not make stuff monotonous for the kids. We play, draw, paint, prepare charts, flash cards and do many other fun activities. In the last class, we provided the kids with paper and colors and they made colorful masks depicting various moods all by themselves. To boost their confidence, i came up with a simple gift made out of used Ice Cream sticks. I drew a picture of a girl or a boy in each of them and wrote good boy/girl on it. At the end of every class, the most well behaved kid gets it. I'm really glad i got such an opportunity and i should really thank my friend for letting me know about Bhumi. I now feel that i'm doing something meaningful in my life and spreading smiles around. This is truly the best feeling ever! Apart from this, we also have a Think Green project where we have been working on spreading greenery around however we can. We have fun weeding, planting and watering plants!

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

it's not just the pleasure of doing something you are passionate about but also getting to know people with similar thoughts and Making A Difference, together!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of the Make A Difference network of BHUMI for the past 2 months. This period has turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The kids enjoy the English sessions as there is no orthodox 'blackboard-chalk' teaching. All the concepts are explained by means of fun filled, interactive ways like activities and games. It is immensely satisfying to play a small role in reaching out to underprivileged children and trying to provide what they deserve.

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

its 'Make A Difference' programme which aims at teaching English to underprivileged children. I have seen kids, who weren't even able to say 'My name is . . ', speak good english now - Thanks to MAD.

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

The interactive sessions I've had with kids. They are extremely affectionate and bond with everyone really well. Some of them tend be a lot smarter than what we are and teach us new things. It has been real fun to communicate with them.

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

determined about bringing about the change which the society needs. All of them are really friendly and helpful.

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

transform the lives of millions of underprivileged kids all over India

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  

7 people found this review helpful

My association with Bhumi would have never happened if I had not seen the poster one day in my college. I applied for the very simple reason, “Complete social work certificate” demanded by my college. Very soon, I got a call from Bhumi. One-two-three-four..! Yes, after ignoring 4 calls, had I not received the call one fine day, I wouldn’t be doing today, what I have always been passionate about and wanted to do which was rediscovered by Bhumi.. And so started my association with Bhumi.. The joy that I get every weekend when I goto the orphanage and teach the kids is immense. And its even more happier when the kids gradually blossom into better learners every day. This transition is phenomenal. It is not an exaggeration but it truly is an emotional moment when a kid walks up to me and tells me something that I taught him few days back. It gives immense satisfaction that ‘Life isn’t all that a waste yet..!’ Bhumi has various projects, and each has its own criteria. The best part about all this is that, as a volunteer, I get to experiment in the rigidity set by the syllabus given for teaching. There is complete freedom to give something in the style of teaching that I’m comfortable with. Teaching has been something that I always wanted to since the childhood days when I played ‘Teacher-teacher’, but surprisingly, it is not this which makes me work with Bhumi. It is the way Bhumi functions and ideology that it has to serve the society. Once I found this attachment, I could not stop myself from doing the best. Every week when I prepare for the class, the only thing that runs in my mind is that, I am not doing this for myself or some person in Bhumi, it is just the cause that we all are working for. It is that kind of an inspiration Bhumi can give if one starts working with it. And.. something that is very exciting about this whole process is that, when I teach, I learn too!

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

When I teach, I learn too!

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

truly dedicated to the cause we all are here for- Education!

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

provide education to more than the present scenario, open a school, start more projects and provide better aids of teaching.

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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7 people found this review helpful

It has been a wonderful experience with bhumi so far and it will continue to be the best in my life! Being a part of bhumi gives me great oppurtunity to teach and get taught simultaneously!Its been more than a year now and I still feel very ecstatic going to classes!

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

The past 1 and a half year!

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

That we're free to put in our own ideas and helps us explore our creativity as well :)

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

The kinds of volunteers I have met have been very encouraging and many of them have inspired me too to give it our best!

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

The organisation would have made the best use of it to improve the active programs!

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  

8 people found this review helpful

First time left my parents and came to work about 1500 km away to a place completely new. I was an alien. People here looked different, spoke different language and ate different food. One month here, I kept secluded and reluctant and then one day one of my friends took me to Bhumi. Then I realised that love speaks one language. I instantly made friends with all of them and then there was no stopping us. I witnessed the journey from 8 people in Januray 2008 to 1439 today. This was one place where my creativity flourished. My dreams got life and I had people who stood by me and help me fulfill them. I got everything that I could have asked for...great opportunities, great people, lot of fun, and most importantly right to expression. I was heard here and my ideas valued. It gave me a kick in life and is a sustained source of happiness. This is what gives me my 'Quantum of Solace'. I have grown as a person and this change is irrevertible.

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

quit my job and become a full time volunteer

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

making a difference was never so much fun and easy

Ways to make it better...

If I was here from day one

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

lack of time since we are all working people or students

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

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I always used to think how much I ve given back to the society, what I have really done as a citizen apart from cheering for Indian cricket team, what i ve done ?. The result will always be null. Then I found Bhumi. Actually I should thank my friend for introducing Bhumi to me. Though my association with Bhumi is still at the grass root level (3 months to be precise) its been a wonderful experience. When I first went for an ice breaker session with my friend, apart from the ice the one thing that surely broken was my perception about the life. I thought I have suffered a great deal, but looking at the kids and I have not even faced 10%. Though I am doing career counseling to them, it was me whoz learning many things from these kids. :) What started with 4 people is now grown like anything with 1000 members. I can proud to say that I am one of those. I am a Bhumian. Together, we can make a difference.

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

The kids are actually started believing themselves. The change in attitude in them is the biggest result. Once they being confident and lead a life like any other kid, thats when the original result will be achieved.

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

Interacting with the kids

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

Will spend on quality education. Build a school / college where every under privileged kids can get a quality study as any other kids without paying anything.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with BHUMI for more than a year though I've been actively volunteering as a teacher in their teach-at-orphanages programs for just over a month. My experience with the organisation has been extremely enriching, eye-opening and satisfying on many levels. Enriching because it has contributed to a great growth at a personal level, eye-opening because I watch unfolding before my eyes a wave that's carrying young India forward. Satisfying because I am a part of this wave. BHUMI stands out as an NGO with remarkable vision, compassion, commitment and a tireless enthusiasm for the cause.

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

the smiles of the children I teach, in the blossoming of their self-confidence week after week, in the way their "I can't" morphs to "I can" to "I can help you do it now". Their transformation from the enabled to the enablers cements my faith in BHUMI.

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

change

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Joining such a great organization gave me an immense satisfaction. Really, to work for poor children who can't afford education,who can't have few moments of happiness & affection, those who never knew how birthdays are being celebrated,what is the taste of exorbitant pizza & what is that amazing thing called as " video"game.Those ,who could have spend their life fetching rags from the slum of pudupet(Chennai's biggest slum)or running behind the cars just in the meager hope of getting few bucks for bread... If a group of people are working to bring smile on faces of these people whose rolling tears are even dried on their cheek, for me it's great to be part of them. whether its about educating these children , organizing an annual inter-orphanage cultural fest (which is in NOV.09) or adopting public parks for development "BHUMI", YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE to make the difference to evaporate the discrimination from the society. JAI BHUMI, JAI BHARAT.

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

VERY FRIENDLY NATURE OF ALL BHUMIANS WHICH ENCOURAGES EVERYBODY TO GIVE THEIR BEST FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY.

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

friendly , dedicated, committed & a good human being above all.

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

have established few good schools in those areas where poor people have no option for educating their children.

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  

7 people found this review helpful

I love the way they have devised the Teach India Program where the kids are getting educated. Its one of the best. Apart from this Bhumi is simply great because they are not narrow minded, thinking only about serious issues for the students, but also bringing laughter to their lives by organizing events like the Siragugal, where we do sports days and annual days for the kids.

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

friendliest. They also had abundant energy in them to do great improvements towards the society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I had a very good experience since i joined Bhumi. This organization has trained me how to teach the underpriviledged children with basic english. I am able to easily teach them due to the training Bhumi gave me also the system of saturday and sunday batch volunteers proves to be very convinient for teaching times. Career counselling is a very great experience so far. Since it targets the higher level students like 12th std it is very useful for the students. I feel some positive energy inside me every time i motivate the children with the various PPTs shared by various other volunteers of Bhumi. In short this is a very structured organization with abundant potential to train us the best and facilated us the best to teach the underpriviledged children. I feel very proud, self contended and satisfied as a Bhumian.

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

I have enjoyed the smiles of the children when they see us every week ends. This gives immense satisfaction to me. They all play with me too when we get time after the class hours. i enjoy a lot playing with these kids and same time teaching through games

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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