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Fund after school classes to bridge learning gaps by Bhumi

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by Bhumi
Fund after school classes to bridge learning gaps

Impact

Every monthly donation helps more kids like Nisha realize their potential

A group of girls from Madras Seva Sadan Higher Secondary School in Chennai showcased their fashion quotient at the fashion show event in the Bhumi Ignite Fest - an annual inter-home talent fest for less fortunate children.

By using products of everyday use like newspapers, colored paper, and charts, this bunch of girls made items that they exhibited on the ramp. Nisha, a standard 9 student made a crown using a Chinese hand-held fan while Nikita made one using rolled colored paper.

Girls like Nisha and Nikita, who participated in the fest were extremely shy and reserved only until volunteers from Bhumi intervened, motivated them about their skills and brought them to the forefront.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Tuition
Holistic Development
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Ignite' is an after-school program run by Bhumi for 2800 underprivileged children. This program provides an opportunity for children from low-income families to be up-to-speed with the education standards of their age. These classes are held by volunteers on weekends with modern, interactive tools.

Their progress is tracked through parameters like improvement in their scores from Baseline Assessment Tests. These children go to state-run schools during the week where their learning is debatable. The curriculum is put together to meet regional needs and undergoes periodic revision. Learning itself is activity-based to engage children on weekends. In addition to primary academic subjects, the supplementary education programme is designed to competently supplement academia, while building life skills.

Children who are a part of Ignite also get opportunities to participate in Nakshatra, a talent development programme by Bhumi to exhibit and develop their talents in arts and sports.

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About The NGO

Bhumi
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Bhumi

Three like-minded friends in the year 2006 related closely to the need for quality education and believed a solution that creates educationally empowered youth capable of active participation and development of the community they belong to will make them self-reliant, and self-sustainable.

Thus, Bhumi – India’‘s largest independent youth volunteering organisation was established in the year 2006 with a vision to help build a more influential, equal and socially conscious society and a mission to drive social change by fostering an environment where young adults & children learn, lead and thrive. Bhumi as a platform enables over 20,000 volunteers in over 12 cities across India for causes like education, environment, animals and community welfare.

With an aim to render quality education, Bhumi provides comprehensive educational support for over 25,000 underprivileged children across India to help them break the cycle of poverty. Bhumi bridges the gaps in formal education and opportunities by providing language and STEAM education, life-skills support and scholarships for higher education:

- through volunteers at orphanages during weekends

- at low-income (private and government) schools with development support for teachers

- education at after-school community centres in urban slums

Most of our volunteers are students or working professionals under the age of 30 and go through mandatory orientation and in return gain immensely through our Leadership programme. Through this platform, the volunteers progress to more leadership roles and responsibility where they switch to education sector from the experiences gained from Bhumi. While holistic education is imparted to the children, Bhumi’‘s young volunteers are also transformed into socially conscious leaders in the education sector.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Vaishnavi Srinivasan

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Primary Education | children

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Bhumi has

provided quality education to 5256 underprivileged children

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE (STATE LEVEL)

2017: Appreciation Letter

2016: Advanced Level - GuidestardIndia GOLD Transparency Award

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

7 October, 2021

Fund after school classes to bridge learning gaps

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

3080 Children impacted across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Chandigarh, Bihar> Bhumi’s classes equip children of grade 1 – 12 with literacy skills, life skills, and a platform to discover and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM)> Super-Teacher Workshops: 10 Workshops conducted 10 new facilitators; 600 volunteers; Purpose: Preparing volunteers for classes (behavioral & Project-related)>First Lego League: The FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. STEM exhibition with Lego blocks for Robotics Project Children, conducted by Caterpillar & Disney+. Two Shelter Homes in Chennai participated>Leadership Workshop for City-level/National-Level Volunteer Leaders: 10 Sessions on Leaderships skills and support in molding volunteers to become change agents in future>Virtual Ignite Fest is a platform for children to equip confidence and compete in a healthy environment against fellow peers of various Bhumi’s projects where they display their skills in arts and literature. 213 kids from in 10 centers Pune participated.


Challenges faced and next steps

Lack of stable internet and small mobile screens (in most cases) made the classes challenging >Assessment was delayed by 3 months. The methodology was altered to an online platform by publishing the question paper online and seeking centre management to collect answers>Children adapting to online method>Ineffective Class Delivery: Individual attention could not be given to children as we did on-ground. Keeping children engaged through online classes and getting their attention was challenging. Also, limited devices for online classes stopped from many activity-based sessions which is the intent of the Programme>City wise All-Volunteer-Meets and Awards Events happened online and was not very engaging as it used to be on-ground Plan for next 6 months: >Volunteer Recruitment and Training >Planning of Curriculum Deliverables for the academic year >Baseline Assessments and intake of Children/Centres


Stories from the ground

Impact story: Grade 9 children at PCMC High School, Pimple Gurav (Pune) were captivated just to know the difference between an AC & a DC motor. The enthusiasm they show to learn new concepts is that which gives us, the volunteers, motivation to go back and do better. Adithya and Swaroop, children from the school, not just took minimal time to understand the concepts of loops and binary conversions, but also helped the other children grasp these concepts. When the volunteers introduced them to basic hardware components like LCDs, LEDs, Sensors & Motors, they were able to understand the functionality and made an array of LED sensors, with little guidance, that glowed in a pattern. They also made a remote-controlled car with support from Vaibhav, one of our volunteers.Further, the volunteers used “Arduino Blockly” – a visual programming code simulator that made the children practice and learns coding in a simple and interactive way. The hands-on learning exposure of each module has created a significant impact on the children and now they are on the path of creating autonomous robots like maze followers, smart bins, etc., and are also ready to hit the competitions. “Personalized learning technology helps students achieve their full potential in the classroom and enables teachers to do what they do best – Teach!”


23 March, 2021

Transformational Education for Under-privileged Children

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In Tamil Nadu, only less than 15% of children in Class 3 can read a Class 2 text. Only 40% of India’s youth is employable.


Bhumi’s after-school community centres equips children of grade 3 – 8 with literacy/numeracy skills while building life skills and modelling good behavior. 470+ children at 18 after-school centres are being benefitted through 32 tutors.


Programme Story:
“A digitally inclusive world should allow young people, no matter their situation, to get access to education”


The New Normal:
The present scenario has brought to the fore, the urgent need of bridging these digital inequities as schools all-over the world have shifted to remote learning.
Bhumi has been effectively combating the unprecedented situation by providing e-learning opportunities for the children from our after-school community centres.
The digital literacy programme was initiated with the vision to transform into digitally empowered and skilled communities. Though we have been challenged with equipping the stakeholders with basic technical knowledge and availability of a device, we have successfully begun our digital literacy workshops via online for the youth and children from the communities. We conduct digital literacy sessions twice a week and also focus on socio-emotional learning sessions weekly once to raise awareness on the importance of emotional well-being during these tough-testing times.


Feedback from some of the Beneficiaries…


“I have learned to use Gmail and how to operate a device such as a mobile phone or a computer. The sessions made me realise my ability and the skills within. I eagerly wait for Bhumi classes and enjoy the learning process” – Shantosh Raj RK


It has been a challenge thus far in getting the beneficiaries into the classes, but we have been actively following up with them on their progress and helping them learn new topics. This brings our team an immense joy to be able to bring a positive change in the communities and equipping them to be digitally literate. We look forward to more such fruitful engagements with the children and the youth! – Dheepika B


We thank our Donors who have contributed to the Programme and we look forward to your continuous support in making a difference in the beneficiaries' lives.



5 August, 2020

Focusing on the holistic development of the children

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Focusing on the holistic development of the children




Bhumi runs an after-school program called Ignite for 2800 underprivileged children. This program provides an opportunity for children from low-income families to be up-to-speed with the education standards of their age. These classes are held by volunteers on weekends with modern, interactive tools.
Bhumi’s volunteers are committed to delivering age-appropriate content to different learning styles and levels every weekend at shelter homes across India.
The year’s learning culminates with Ignite Fest, an annual inter-shelter home education fest where children enthusiastically participated in activities set up by the volunteers, and presented models they had created. Working robots, conceptualized science project models made evident that consistent support and exposure, nurturance and opportunities only steer children forward towards a brighter future. Around 2,400+ children from Bengaluru, Chennai and Trcihy participated with the help and guidance of 300+ Volunteers.



19 November, 2019

Children immersed in diverse activities

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Children immersed in diverse activities







22 July, 2019

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Program Update


Ignite' is an after-school program run by Bhumi for underprivileged children. This program provides an opportunity for children from low-income families to be up-to-speed with the education standards of their age. These classes are held by volunteers on weekends with modern, interactive tools.


Their progress is tracked through parameters like improvement in their scores from Baseline Assessment Tests. These children go to state-run schools during the week where their learning is debatable. The curriculum is put together to meet regional needs and undergoes periodic revision. Learning itself is activity-based to engage children on weekends. In addition to primary academic subjects, the supplementary education programme is designed to competently supplement academia, while building life skills.


Children who are a part of Ignite also get opportunities to participate in Nakshatra, a talent development programme by Bhumi to exhibit and develop their talents in arts and sports.


Story from the field


Ignite – Mentoring (Lakshya) aims to provide life skills and guide the children in understanding their own strengths and in defining an identity for themselves. The volunteers of this project had several discussions with the children to understand their plans for the future. They gave empathetic attention to each child regarding possible career options based on their interests. During the process they identified three children namely, Govind, Rahul and Santosh who wanted to opt for Diploma degrees in engineering after class 10.
The children had to endure many hurdles to achieve this. The first was to improve their academic knowledge and with daily coaching assistance, this slowly came through where they put in efforts with a lot of dedication and concentration. Secondly, the home permitted stay of children only till class 10 exams and the children will have to fend for themselves after their last exam of class 10. So these three children feared that they would be stranded once again. Bhumi volunteers approached the home and convinced them, with great efforts, to allow the children to stay until their admissions. The next hurdle was the entrance exam, which these students cleared with decent scores. Unexpected troubles came up during the admission process. The children had to submit caste certificates from Delhi government as per admission rules. The three children had their certificates issued from their respective states and it takes months to transfer the caste certificate from one state to another. Fortunately, the concerned government officials were kind enough to speed up the process and issue the certificates in just few days.
Many volunteers played key roles in this journey and took turns to ensure that one or the other member from the team were available for these children to continue providing academic coaching everyday till their admissions were complete. All three children got into reputed Polytechnic colleges in Delhi and are all set to start their journey towards a better tomorrow. The journey of these three children has motivated other children in the shelter home to focus their energy on education and to dream big towards a streamlined path.


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?6500
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date4691
Village/City/State where project is located9 Cities across India
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1910000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD7140211

30 October, 2018

Bhumi's Update

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Program Update


Bhumi's academic programme poses a way to bridge educational inequities, in a scalable and cost-effective manner. The academic year began across cities where baseline assessments were implemented to identify the skills of the children. Programme kits were purchased such as story cards, flash cards, arrow cards, money cards, ganith mala etc., to deliver activity-based classes to the children. In the next few months, syllabus will be delivered to children based on their learning levels from the assessment conducted.


Story from the field


Dinesh was enrolled as a child in Bhumi's Ignite programme - Computer Project back in 2008 when he never had the opportunity to use a computer. In time, he was able to learn quickly, and he gained interest and enthusiasm because of the volunteer's teaching methodology. Due to his family situation, it was doubtful if he could study beyond class 10 but among other factors the confidence and motivation from the volunteers pushed him forward to pursue computer engineering in a polytechnic college. He went ahead to pursue higher studies further by taking an educational loan and with guidance from Bhumi volunteers, he continued to gain an in-depth understanding into computer science. While he aims to become a successful software engineer, he is aware of his community's needs - today, Dinesh volunteers with Bhumi to teach children in his neighbourhood the computer, thus creating a snowball effect of the nurtured nurturing others.


Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-1925000
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year20000