Bhumi

Rating: 4.73 stars   416 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

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  

8 people found this review helpful

BHUMI... normal people meeting for a great causes... the awakening of the GEN neXt in chennai... bhumi has played a major role... i was there for the orientation jus 2months ago.. i had talked to bhumians before i joined about my ideas of making student's career better... when i was at the orientation, i was appreciated and recognized... we had a chance to discuss about our idea.. i was part of CC and MAD at chennai.. they made me realize wat real life is.. we usually don't differentiate between giving a life and giving a living ... they made me understand the difference, i learned many things from bhumi's openings and activities it has always been mutual.. unfortunately i have not been able participate actively, but even now when i get involved in any social cause... bhumi is famous every where, for the work we do.. for every up coming NGO, bhumi is more than example.. its a ROLE MODEL>> PROUD TO BE A BHUMIAN...

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

recognition

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

world class... beyond words,, energetic and experienced

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

ll use part of the money to spend a noon with AUTO drivers of the city, telling them why they should switch off vehicles at red signals.. ll educate unprivileged make students understand wy they should chase their dream, not money

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: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been with Bhumi for almost a year now along with my education at India's premier technology institute - IIT Madras. This year of involvement with organization has really helped me to discover myself. Everytime when I interact with the kids from orphanages where we operate from and see their smile its an amazing experience. Celebrating festivals with them, playing sports with them, teaching them, etc. has been an unparalleled experience to me. Education is our main aim and we believe that these under-privileged kids are the future of India. From organization point of view things are very smooth and democratic, nobody is the boss or dictator here. Opinions of all active volunteers are taken before any major decision. This has led the organization to grow thick and fast, one of the examples of which is Bhumi getting highest number of volunteers among all NGOs in Chennai through Times of India's - Teach India Initiative. I love the organization's motto which we are closely following: "Change Today.. Change Tomorrow" , Bhumi is here to stay and make a long term change.

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

Various Awards that we have won, several young lives that we impact and our unity as an organization.

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

Smiles of the hundreds of children through various volunteer activities.

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

Truly dedicated volunteers taking time out of their busy schedules be it in studies or professional careers.

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

Change the future of India by educating and making lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

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: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My name is Jaishree. I signed up as a volunteer with Bhumi as soon as I knew I could help in a productive way, with helping less privileged kids in the neighborhood. The first meet focused on our awareness, and we had a lot of instructions as to how, where, when, why our actions would influence the kids to behave better. What you see is what you get. Even if I had to relocate to another place soon after, it was great knowing people united toward a better cause/society and working proactively toward it.

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

inspiring and driven in what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I joined Bhumi by July'08. After i had registered they called me and had phone interview asking whether i would be in Chennai for nxt 1 year at least. That made me realize how serious they are and imm joined them. Bhumi has always been giving the best to students. The hardwork that goes on to prepare the syllabus is excellent. They plan to perfection and spend a lot of time in it. Bhumi takes care that the teachers don't get stagnate and constantly change sharing responsibilities with diff volunteers and arranging train the trainers program periodically. Off late I have been missing sessions and students. Hoping to be back to be with students and a proud Bhumian!!! Bhumi rocks and sets benchmarks for upcoming NGO's..

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

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

the most elite youngsters in Chennai having not just the will to win but also will to prepare. To be honest, Initially I didn't like Chennai cause I had a feel that most of them are struck to video games and computers.Bhumi proved me wrong.

Ways to make it better...

I had spared more time for the kids and Bhumi. I should have volunteered more for Bhumi's activities like Think Green, Career Counseling etc.., than just pertaining to engaging with kids i teach. In that way I could have given more and got back even more.

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 month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am a proud member of Bhumi since november 2008..Little Einsteins was the program for which i was volunteering and it was an initiative to teach science for the secondary school kids.. The over all execution of the program was very well organized by weekly meetings, constant feedback from the volunteers as well as the school kids, periodic updates of the test taken by the kids along with their grades and performance and an orderly allocation of the volunteers for the days.. More than teaching, I got to learn a lot of things from the kids..their enthusiasm to learn new things, coming up with creative ideas and a cloud of curiosity around them was what made my experience a wonderful one..! Thank you Bhumi for giving me such an experience ....

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

really down to earth, completely driven by the passion to help the youth of india to shine

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: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I joined Bhumi two months back. I am really amazed to see the vibe in the team members here. Working for children is not only the motto but also passion of Bhumians. I am working in the field of collecting course details and preparing a database that can be used for career counselling. Despite this task being cumbersome, I really enjoy doing it. The way we people connect with kids, it brings in a feeling of a family altogether. Bhumi is perfectly working its way on the tagline that goes like: CHANGE TODAY, CHANGE TOMORROW...

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

The kids are not regular in going to mandatory school classes, but they never miss a Bhumi class...

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

One and all are open to make any suggestions and all the suggestions are taken seriously

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

Transform the face of education throughout India...

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: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

A relatively new member in the Bhumi team,I joined this organisation three months back.The first thing about Bhumi that strikes you is the organised approach towards attainment of the goal.With a clear vision it moves forward striving to change the face of India.I am a volunteer of the Little Einsteins program that teaches science and maths to children building their fundas right.Though I ve attended just one class session teaching these enthusiastic little children is very exciting.These kids have a never ending thirst for knowledge and their energy levels keep you on the go.The supplementary lessons provided to them help them understand the subject thoroughly.Apart from educational activities I ve seen Bhumis role in raising environment consciousness throgh Free the Tree campaign and its fund raising activities through plays.My experience with Bhumi so far has been an eye opener to the potential that exists in each and every one of us to help shape the world we live in. Bhumis contribution to the society will help India a big way in the long run.

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

Achieve 100% literacy,Reduce pollution increasing the forest cover

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

BHUMI - Change today, change tomorrow..... has had a great part in changing my life and bringing the best out of me. It was my long time plan to involve myself in a volunteer organisation and then i found about BHUMI in facebook and it was my right choice. BHUMI is a youth non-volunteer organization and involved in educational projects like Make a difference (MAD), Little Einstens, Kanini, Career counselling and enivornment based projects like Think green. Once i registered in BHUMI i got a mail regarding my first orientation. Bhumi is a very systematic organisation. On the day of orientation i got to meet the Entire team and was enthralled about the part played by bhumi to the society. I was personally interviewd by the Bhumi team regarding my interests, why did i choose BHUMI in the first place and the team emphasised my roles as a volunteer. I joined the MAD team. I was looking for my first class at Bala Mandir. The day had finally come and i was supposed to handle about 10 kids and teach english.This was my first experience in teaching and i take great pride in it. We follow lessons provided by EZVIDYA wherein there are many activities and fun learning games in english. One among the activity is singing songs emphasising english words so the children get to learn english better. I was first hesistant to sing a song with all the actions and in my own tune. But when i did that all my BM kids liked it and they wanted to sing everytime when we begin a class. The students have influnenced me a great time and i had learnt a lot from them. From them i learnt to be patient, ever smiling and many more.When i see my kids enjoying my class i feel i have achieved greater in my life and there is nothing par with it. Bhumi is on its next step in hosting 'Siragugal' which is an inter-orphanage cultural event, a great cultural mela. Bhumi You rock.... Proud to be a Bhumian... JAIHIND.

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

teaching the kids which i felt like a new world to me.

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

very organised, sincere in their duties and with a single motive... Change today,Change tomorrow.

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

surely bring in more orphanages and involve its role in teaching kids and providing the best they can.

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  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been with Bhumi for the last one year and this has been the most productive time of my life. Though I go to classes each weekend to teach, almost each day I learn something new and there can be no better joy than seeing the improvement in the kids by each day right in front of u and knowing u have played ur role in that.

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

changing the educational status of the kids. From literates to educated students.

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

make regularity a basic criteria for membership

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

I can feel the change that we are working towards

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

Enthusiastic young minds both students and professionals

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

Reach out to the most deprived and make the projects more effective

Ways to make it better...

better infrastructure could make the delivery easier and more effective

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

Financial Instability and lack of external sources of funds

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

Slowly but surely the change is happening.. We are making a difference

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: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Hi all.. Am writing this whole heartedly and not just for the sake since I am a member of Bhumi.. Before Joining Bhumi & YHM my life was just like - dont know how to explain. My child hood dreams was building an orphanage and educating the street childrens. But i dont have any funds or investments and I lost hope. But still i have planned not to marry till i start an orphanage for street childrens. Tried for foriegn jobs for investments. God gifted me with good friend and lovable sisters and parents. They were very gud tat i dint got a chance to know how selfish were others till my college life. And i was very deppressed since every one are selfish and even my friends cheated me (even though i helped them in many ways).. I started hating life.. When I joined Bhumi I was shocked to see a number of persons who were working for six days and spending sundays for educating people. I cannot explain I was really very happy and it gave me a hope that there are many selfless people who are ready to sacrifice many things for the cause of gud and also i felt that i can really start an orphanage. I am really happpy and I am ready to cut office for Bhumi.. I feel that i have did a great mistake by joining MCA since I was forced to spend my week ends by attending the classes & i cannot take full responsibility.. If I had joined b4 2 years I wouldnt have took MCA.. And about Bhumi the persons who impressed me a lot is Vaishnavi, Mini, Mani and Vivek..

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

Bhumi orientation program

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

Request them to appoint salaried teachers for slum areas and villages for week days.

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

Bhumi orientation program

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

Very Good, No head weight, Petience, Very talented, Without Ego, dedicative and more..

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

Be usefull to start an orphanage for Street childrens.

Ways to make it better...

I have joined before two years since i wouldnt have joined MCA in madras university.

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

Career counselling .. Trying to educate the childrens who were not interested in studies by motivation.

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

Thanks for giving me a chance to write a review were I can share my personal feelings..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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