Volunteer Den – Phanieswari

A little about yourself
I was born and brought up in Hyderabad.I pursued my B.tech degree from Aurora Technological and Research Institute. As a student I used to actively take part in all kinds of sports. I am very interested in social service. During my college days, I used to visit Orphanages and Oldage homes.My hobbies are writing diary, listening to music, reading newspaper and designing my dresses.My diary is my best friend in the world.Recently I became a remember of an animal welfare organization as one of my aims is to help stray dogs. I hope I can give my best to Bhumi and animal welfare organization.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
Our passion would knock our door or come in our way only once or very rarely in our lifetime. It is true in my life too. My introduction to Bhumi was in the year November 2008. But I couldn’t follow my passion because of personal reasons – semester exams. As I believe in constant struggle in achieving something, I was a regular follower of Bhumi programs. As I was occupied with studies, exams and immediate job responsibility, I couldn’t make it .My dream of joining Bhumi came true in the year 2014. I started volunteering with the Little Einstein Maths project.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Life was never meant to easy; it is a constant struggle with extreme lows and highs. My experience with Bhumi has taught me so many things. To name a few:  strength, responsibility and giving back to society. My role in Bhumi has taught me to be very responsible at the time of need. When a volunteer in my group wasn’t able to go to a class, I took it upon myself and fulfill their share of work. I had to learn to manage time as I had to spend time with the other group of children too. I used to walk 3 to 4 km from the bus stop to the JSM centre as there was no public transport to the centre.This has taught me not to give up at any point of time.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian:
One most memorable incident which is unforgettable till today is:  It was another regular day and I was on the way to the center for my LEM class. I started at 2 pm from my house, it was a cloudy day and it was already drizzling. But I did not to break my regular schedule. So, I went ahead. It was 7 pm when I checked the clock after completing the class and it was raining heavily. It was very dark and I wanted to return home. As I mentioned earlier, there is no public transport available and I need to walk across a calm road surrounded by fields and waste lands around. I was walking all alone on the dark road with absolutely no one around. There were no street lights too. I walked for half an hour in the dark and silent road. At last I reached the bus stop. The journey that day was unforgettable. It also made me realize my strength that I can withstand any sort of condition at any point of time. 

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Sometimes a minute thing may turn out to be an inspiration to us. I would like to state Nauman shareef and Yesasvi stood as an inspirational Bhumians to me. Nauman’s introductory classes on pedagogy (with different methods of innovative teaching) inspired me and created awareness and interest of how to make the children create and develop understanding capabilities. Yesasvi is also a person who guided me in taking classes effectively. He was always there to clarify my doubts and make my journey easy.                              

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Taking part in their birthday celebrations and playing games with them are very special moments. The love and they share. There was an incident which I would to like share. Sometimes children return from the church the same time I walk to reach the center and whenever they see me on the way they stop their van. And even though the van is congested they made space for me so I do not have to walk the distance to reach the center. They call me”AKKA” with full of affection. 

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi:
Never give up even if you face obstacles in your life.You have to achieve it. It has proven true in my case. The moments as a Bhumian remain as unforgettable moments, something to cherish throughout our lifetime.

Volunteer Den – Sivakumar Selvaraj

sivakumar selvarajA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Hi! My name is Sivakumar Selvaraj.S, a happy go lucky guy born and brought up in Chennai, youngest in a family of two. I did my schooling at Velammal MHSS and again my bachelors degree at Velammal Engineering college (made in Velammal 😛 ) in the field of production engineering, now currently in pursuit of my master’s degree from MIT Chennai. I watch a lot of movies and hang out with my friends during my free time. Apart from that I have been in LE Science from 2012.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Well, it was one of those times during college where we had a lot of free time and nothing much to do. We used to visit various college cultural events and it was one of those events that I came to know about BHUMI. A volunteer was managing a stall there and he approached with a pamphlet, we listened to him and liked the idea of doing something useful for the society so we went for it right away. Even from my childhood I had a passion for science (might be from the overdose of Dexter’s laboratory: p) so I went with LE-Science and been there ever since.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Before I Joined BHUMI I was very silent, a shy guy who always moved away to the corner of the room, never knew much about what’s going on around me and neither did I mingle with anyone besides my close friends. But after joining Bhumi, I learned to come out of my comfort circle, met new people, visited new places. A whole new me came to light for which I am grateful. 

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian:
I have a lot of memorable moments in Bhumi but it’s the first one that motivated me to work more. It was during my first year of volunteering, I had a bad habit of arriving 30 minutes early to class and hanging out with the kids at my center. It was week after we demonstrated the concept of water rocket to the kids and they were still talking about it. One kid ran towards me and was jumping in joy “Anna guess what I did, guess na” and then he told me that for his school project day, he built a similar water rocket model with what he had In the center and how it won 1st prize there. I could never forget the joy I saw in his face, the happiness when he explained everything to me, it was then I realized the importance of being a volunteer and started taking it seriously.  

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
That’s a difficult question :-p I look up to all Bhumi volunteers for inspiration. If I had to narrow it down, then it will be 2 people who inspired me the most. One would be Boopalan who always patted me on the back and guided me with a smile. And the other would Agne who always gave me a situation to learn from on my own. Both of them made me who I am today, if you two happen to read this, then I would like to say thank you for being there and supporting me 😀

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Well that would be our routine Sunday lunch when Yuva makes Maggie at Bhumi office and we share it with everyone like a big happy family 😀 even though Maggie has been banned the memories weren’t 😛

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Keep calm and do what you wanted to do. Just follow your instincts and keep up the good work


Logo for Bhumi Programmes – Design/idea contest


Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi as a platform will enable over 5,000 volunteers in more than 12 cities across India for causes like education, environment, animals, community welfare etc. in 2015.

Bhumi has two core areas of work (programmes)- Education and Civic Projects

> Ignite: Transformational Education
Ignite is Bhumi’s supplementary education programme for under-privileged children. The programme is delivered during the weekends by trained volunteers of Bhumi. Over 10,000 children are benefiting from the programme in 2015 across 12 Indian cities. The programme consists of English, Mathematics, Science, computers, mentoring, arts, sports and life skills support.

> Catalyse: Transforming Citizenry
Catalyse consists of Bhumi’s civic initiatives that engage volunteers in causes like animal welfare, community welfare, disability, environment, health etc. The programmes consisting of one-off and regular volunteering activities engage over 5,000 volunteers each year in over 15 cities across India.

Participate in the logo design contest for Bhumi’s programmes: Ignite & Catalyse
Top Three Things to Communicate through our Logo
• Education
• Transformation / Children
• Volunteers
• Civic initiatives
• Transformation
• Volunteers
Our Target group
• Youth, millennials
• Indians
Styles that we are interested in
• Symbol / Icon (Ref:Types of Logos)
Values to Communicate
• Youthful
• Modern
• Simple
Colour preferences
• Colours that complement colours of the Indian flag/Bhumi Logo (Orange/safforn, green)
Ideas & Additional information
• EPS vector desirable
• Prizes for the best ideas/designs – Three
• Recognition on our website, social media platform and newsletter.
• Bhumi & Volunteers.org merchandise
• Flipkart/Amazon Gift vouchers
Please submit your design / idea by emailing us at logo@bhumi.org.in

Paperman’s Chennai Recycle League

unnamedIn a one of a kind league, Paperman is conducting a competition among six regions of the city to find which region recycles the most during the next 10 days (June 5th -15th, 2015).

Note: Paperman accepts paper, steel, glass, plastic and e-waste.

Support Bhumi, the Alwarpet Spartans, by registering with Paperman on www.paperman.in/bhumi or call paperman helpline at 8015269831 (9 AM to 6 PM). 

Happy Recycling!

Eklavya Chennai Express

On a sunny morning, I was seated in a crowded bus, submerged in Amitav Ghosh’s novel. But I couldn’t concentrate on the story much for my mind wandered into thoughts about my day ahead. It was my first day at a shelter home. I was assigned to teach English to a few children at the home. The thought scared me. I was never the social work kind, nor was I social. When I couldn’t understand adults itself, I wondered how I could interact with children I’ve never met. When I myself was afraid of change, I wondered how I could change someone else’s life. For all the heartbreaking things I have seen in everyday life, neither did I feel empathy. I’ve seen children sleeping in garbage bins, covering themselves with sacks to keep warm. I’ve seen paralysed children clean toilets. I’ve seen mothers feed their children in public toilets, and done nothing.

So, why did I chose to pursue this path? Here’s why.

I always had enough. In fact, I had things in abundance. And one day, that very comfort and sense of sufficiency created a balloon of guilt in me; the guilt of having things in abundance, which could otherwise have been distributed so as to bring prosperity among more families.

Coming back to my story, after a long journey and a couple of enquiries, I found the shelter home and stepped in. There we almost 30 children seated on a mat with a book in their hand. Some smiled, some hid their faces with their hands while some others looked non-committal. I smiled at them all. One boy raised his eyebrows quickly as though to greet me and turned away. Then, he swayed his neck merrily and hid his face with his books. Later he ran towards me, jumped in the air with his fingers shaped like claws and landed a foot away from me. He did it several times.

I continued to examine each child in the room. After a period of uncertainty, I could see acceptance, love, hope, innocence and most importantly, immense imagination in their eyes. I peeped into the notebooks of a few children. One of them read a story book with a curious picture of a pond on it. One other child (whose name I later found out to be Sameer) sat in a corner, sketching beautiful pictures of Ganesha. I was taken aback at the serenity in his face. Then, the child who had involved me in his innocent game slowly kicked a football towards me. I passed the ball back to him. In a matter of minutes, I was surrounded by few more children with who I played for some time.

After a while, most kids went away. Then, from afar, I observed Sameer again. He was lying down on a mat and gazing upwards, at the sky, the sun, the birds, an old Bargad tree and more. I envied the calmness in his face. The peace he possessed. At that moment, I wanted to lie down beside him, fold my hands behind my head, and look at the world the way he did. Who needed change, or empathy, or charity? We were all just fine.

– Sanidhya Agrawal, Pune

The Great Indian Mango Festival – Photography Contest


The Great Indian Mango Festival Photography Contest Rules and Regulations
Theme: Mangoes


  • All photos must be original work
  • Maximum 3 Photos per participant
  • Please upload photos at: http://bit.ly/TGIMF30 or on Facebook
  • Upload along with a brief caption
  • You are allowed to use cell phones as cameras
  • Photoshop is strictly prohibited. Basic editing is allowed.

Prize winners will receive an exciting gift hamper.


Volunteer Den: Satheesh S

SatheeshA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Hi! I I’m Satheesh, born and brought up in Udumalpet which is about 75km away from Coimbatore. I completed my schooling in Udumalpet then I went to Erode for Engineering which is my passion. Now I am working as an Engineer in Coimbatore.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
After my graduation I was doin
g the teaching activity in a home near my house. One day I have taken my friend to the center for a visit. Later a child asked me why my friend was not interested to teach them. That was the incident which has changed my whole life. I know I am motivated and inspired to do social service activities. I wanted to inspire others to do these activities. Hence I thought of joining an NGO through which I can work with many people and can make an impact in the society. My college junior who is a part of Bhumi told about its activities and initiatives. Luckily Bhumi has started its activities in Coimbatore in this that year only. I visited the website and understood the actual happenings in Bhumi and registered for orientation immediately. After orientation program, I am associated with Little Einstein Science and Hi5 projects in Coimbatore.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Patience is the one important thing which everyone needs in this current scenario. I have learnt this art of being patient. Whatever be the situation I can understand it and respond accordingly. All these experience makes me a good decision maker in my life.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
One of the most memorable incident in my life as Bhumian happened when we have taken the children to the science trip for the science museums and felt the happiness of each child in their smiling faces.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you?
Every volunteer who I meet in Bhumi is an inspiration to me in different ways. To be specific, Karthik is a good positive inspiration for me as he always tries to do something more than everyone can and he never wants to bunk the classes or other activities for his personal life. If one ask him which is the top priority between personal life and social work, his instant reply will be social work for sure.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
I was giving a lecture on “How to face the board examination and its results” to the SSLC and HSC students in the home where I am teaching. After telling many true incidents which happened in my life, one student had tears in her eyes. I was the only person to notice it. I did not want to stop the session and I continued. Once the session was over I had a chat with her regarding that, I came to know that she was also facing similar kind of problems like me, I told her few tips to overcome those difficulty. This was a very touching moment for me as it never happened in my previous lectures to many other students.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
We are all volunteering to make our society a better place to live. We should understand that big things cannot be done in a single day and each of our small contributions everyday will make it big in one day for sure. So keep yourselves motivated and start doing the small work and enable to move forward.

Volunteer Den: Nupur Vashisht

Nupur VashishtA Little about yourself (origin, education, work experience)

I am Nupur Vashisht , 21 , born and brought up in Delhi . Post my schooling, I joined Venky (Delhi University) and completed a three year course in Biochemestry(H). Right from school I was interested in debating, extempore and stage plays more than the classroom studies which continued in college where along with being a member of Debating society, I was working with women development cell and ‘The society for disabled.’ Though I enjoyed science, somewhere I knew that this is not what I want to do 10 years down the line. After getting myself involved in organizations like CAG and organizing a few events like Chai Pe Charcha with NaMo and voter registration drives, I decided to enter the field of communication. Currently I am pursuing my post graduation in mass communication from Asian Academy of Film & Television and I think I have landed in the right place. I want to be an ad film maker.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for?)

I just stumbled upon “Bhumi”, while looking for organizations working for kids and I applied to volunteer with Bhumi in Feb 2014 but could not attend the orientation in June because the date coincided with my scheduled college trip. Again in October, I got a mail for orientation and this time I decided not to miss the chance and chose to attend the orientation over a get together that my school friends had planned out for the weekend and I am happy that I took the right decision because Bhumi has given me a right reason for not wasting my Sunday sleeping till 11am. I decided to be a part of LES so I could utilize whatever I have learned in graduation and continue my association with science.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you personally?

To be very honest, after starting work with Bhumi I have started respecting my teachers more than ever before, because  I’ve realized that teaching is not a child’s play. I have stopped cribbing and complaining about small things; learning from the kids how happy they remain with whatever they get.

Tell us about one Bhumian who has been an inspiration to you:

A little kid who is way too mature for his age or maybe it is Bhumi who has made him that mature by giving him the sort of responsibilities he handles. When it comes to work, he is so concerned about things; it seems as if he is a NASA scientist out on a mission. It’s none other than Ashir, who says before every small step that we take: “Let’s make LES the best project ever”.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?

Once the kids were done with their exams, going to the centre on every Sunday didn’t happen. I went for a LES meeting, almost after one month when this kid came running to me. It was as if he was waiting for that very moment. The last time I met this kid was when we were teaching kids a day before the science exam. Running short of breath, he came a few steps forward and said, “I never thought I could attempt all questions in a science exam, but I did. You guys will teach us next year as well?” That was the moment I realized that there is no reward bigger than the smile that you bring on someone’s face.

Message to every volunteer

At times, you will feel that kids are not taking you seriously or some of them are not interested in studies but don’t let this feeling stop your efforts coz one day you will realize that the kids actually want you to guide them when they themselves will be waiting for you to come but this process of building trust will
take time, may be longer than what you think.

The Great Indian Mango Festival | Chennai | Bhumi Fundraiser


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The Great Indian Mango Festival is an ode to the King of Fruits and every mango lover in town!

So, what can you expect at the festival? Some of your favourite home cooks and restaurants from Chennai will be setting up stalls to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger for Mangoes! From savouries to pastries.. From refreshing non-alcoholic drinks to lip-smacking snacks.. Made just from mangoes!

Date: June 13 & 14, 2015
Place: House #22 Cafe, Guindy, Chennai (Map: http://bit.ly/house22c)
Time: 4 – 7 PM
RSVP: Facebook Event

Organised by Bhumi, a fundraiser for the education of underprivileged children.


Running for Bhumi – Our volunteer champions, 2015

World’s leading track and long distance runners and India’s best, along with thousands of Bengaluru’s running enthusiasts will all come together under the banner of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru 2015 this Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Our enthusiastic volunteers from Bengaluru will be running the 10K marathon to raise funds for the cause of educating our children at Bhumi! Click the photos to know more and support.

Mukka Teja

Mukka Teja

Vivek Nair

Vivek Nair