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BHUMI
November 7, 2009

As a CAST volunteer I have had the opportunity to work with other international organisations seeking to better the lives of the people they work for. BHUMI, I feel, had the most workable model and the benefits were already being seen on the ground in Rasoolpura with the improvements in healthcare and education already tangible after just a few years of hard work. The simple model enforced by BHUMI has the potential to change India. Frustration at the lack of organisation and planning within India was widespread in both the UK and Indian volunteers. If the BHUMI workers can rise above the chaotic nature of life in Hyderabad and work in a more proactive manner I feel the model could be more effective and gain results far quicker. The organisation can only go from strength to strength with the introduction of their new centre on the outskirts of Rasoolpura combined with the dedication of those working for them. With BHUMI, the future seems bright for the Rasoolpura community.

The Great!

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

seeing the improvements in the living standards of the Rasoolpura community.

Ways to make it better...

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

have greater organisation. Perhaps an assigned secretary whom would track people who have had contact with BHUMI and ensure they are followed up in a similar way to how I am.

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

the inspired people I have met along the way. Their drive is what carries this organisation forward.

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

diverse yet unified in their drive to build a better India. Some of the best people I have ever met and are certainly role models in my life.

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

change the lives of millions across India. I think this would be done by mirroring the Rasoolpura model across thousands of communities across India.

Ways to make it better...

I could have seen the babies we identified as being underdeveloped being followed up at the NIMH.

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

cultural resistance to change. The people of Rasoolpura need educating in how to minimise the dangers they encounter everyday without even knowing.

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

realise the dream; BHUMI had a big chance to do so much. I will be back to lend a hand in the near future and I hope that further change will have been brought about.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & CAST Volunteer - teaching / baby testing / general voluntary work.