Santha Kumar overcomes an unsteady academic foundation to win literary competitions
Santha Kumar is 10 year old boy. He lives in a shelter home for orphans in Chennai. The good orphanage provided him with food, shelter and education. He was a very confident child who loved to learn. He was full of enthusiasm and was looking for an opportunity to showcase his talents. The shelter home, however had their limitations and he received limited opportunity.
When Bhumi started working in Santha's shelter home, they realized his potential. Dhanya Lakshmi, a Bhumi volunteer recognized his clarity and confidence in presenting himself. She enrolled him in the Nakshatra, an annual inter-orphanage talent fest. Nakshatra serves as a platform for underprivileged children to identify their passive talents.
Santha Kumar discovered his excellent verbal communication skills. He was particularly interested in the world building competition. He struggled with English, but was keen to learn new words. He spent time with his fellow competitors who were participating in the event. This helped him build his vocabulary for the language.
Santha Kumar's fire to prove was ignited and the result was extremely impressive. He participated in word building, solo dance, story writing. He also secured one of the top three places in all three events. He excelled in all the Nakshatra's literary events.
Children from shelter homes and underprivileged communities have an unsteady foundation in academics . They do not get enough exposure to events that can nurture their talents. The odds are stacked against these children who have very little motivation from their family or school.
With poor economic conditions and nearly no external financial support, these children compromise and reconsider their priorities and have to stick basic academics and family responsibilities. Organizations like Bhumi help these children discover their talents and help them nurture it. Young children like Santha need all the support they can get so they can get the opportunities they deserve to nurture and showcase their talents. You can help them by supporting trusted organisations like Bhumi. Your donation to Bhumi is GIVEASSURED and you will receive regular updates about your the impact of your donation.
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What the beneficiary gets
Nakshatra is Bhumi's annual art, cultural, sports and science talent fest for children from shelter homes and orphanages. This is a platform for them to exhibit their talents and explore potential in an atmosphere of healthy competition.
The fest takes place from July across February. Nakshatra is conducted zone wise in Chennai and Bangalore as there are a large number of participating shelter homes. This is followed by a grand finale where winners from each zone compete.
The program provides a platform for the children to discover their potential, exhibit their talents, perform in an atmosphere of healthy competition. This helps them improve their self-confidence and contributes to their holistic development.
The event is an amalgamation of over 20 arts, cultural and literary events like pot painting, clay modelling, fabric art, group dance, mimicry, medley song, quiz, elocution, debate etc. It also hosts sporting events like track and field, indoor and team events. All events are further stratified by age and sex wherever applicable.
Nakshatra is entirely planned and executed by Bhumi$B!G(Bs young volunteers. The volunteers start by holding weekly meetings close to two months before the event date. A log is maintained to identify meeting attendance. They form individual team for logistics, transportation, media, food, and other required arrangements. Volunteers then reach out to the shelter homes, confirm their participation and map them to their respective transportation.
On the event day, volunteers arrive at the venue well in advance so that the event flows effortlessly. Volunteers are also mapped to each shelter home to prioritize the safety of the children over anything. Over many such Nakshatra$B!G(Bs, children form a bond with the Bhumi volunteers and look forward to excelling in these events where they get their certificates and medals from the very same volunteers they look up to.
This intricate framework would not be possible without volunteers. This makes possible a two way learning where the children look up to the volunteers as mentors and the volunteers who grow to become better leaders of tomorrow.
Donations to this program will be used to cover the cost of material, food and logistical support for organising the event.
When you donate to this program, children from underserved communities get an opportunity to discover and nurture their inherent talents.
23 March, 2021
Travail to Triumph!
Travail to Triumph! A Beam of Delight for Children from Shelter Homes to exhibit their flair during the COVID Pandemic Lockdown.
The tough and testing times always have us on tip-toes in general to focus on activities and creativity that brings us a sense of excitement and peace. From young to old, it’s been hard to be confined in our respective homes and grapple with the social distancing, online schooling, work from home, no socializing or hanging out with friends etc. Nevertheless, the best thing about creativity is that you can adapt and accomplish it anywhere, anytime!
Bhumi’s Volunteers have always been optimists! Opportunity favours the bold and is never limited! Amidst the pandemic, the volunteers turned the distress to delight by initiating a fun filled virtual event called Nakshatra Online, a festival of recognizing talents through arts and activities conducted via Zoom to engage the children.
This unprecedented situation has given us a new hope and helped us impact beneficiaries from a wide spread of locations via online which was earlier limited, when the programme was delivered offline.
2,000+ Children from 700+ Shelter Homes participated in the virtual event across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi NCR, Manipur and Nagaland.
Events such as Storytelling, Fancy Dress, Mono-acting, Master of Memory & Tongue Twisters – “How many snacks could a snack stacker stack, if a snack stacker snacked stacked snacks?”, Voice of Nakshatra, Fast & Curious, Laugh out Loud – Who doesn’t love a joke? Skit Workshop – “The world is a stage and theatre is an art of looking at ourselves”; Block & Tackle (Talk for/against with a given topic) were conducted.
The children also performed major dance styles in the Dance Fest such as Kathak, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Bollywood, Jazz Funk, Bharatanatyam, Lavni, Rajasthani Folk etc. It was impressive to witness the passion of these children and most importantly, majority of them were self-taught.
It’s exhilarating to witness the passion from the volunteers who have been executing the end-to-end virtual event and are set to conduct more large-scale events in the near future for which the children are prepping just as hard!
We thank our Donors who have contributed their part in making the Nakshatra event happen even during these tough/testing times. We look forward to their continuous support in supporting the children with their talents.
5 July, 2020
Exploring the best of the orphanage children
Exploring the best of the orphanage children
Nakshatra is Bhumi's annual art, cultural, sports and science talent fest for children from shelter homes and orphanages. This is a platform for them to exhibit their talents and explore potential in an atmosphere of healthy competition. Volunteering together for the enrichment of their fellow communities enhances the experience much more for the children and the stakeholders involved. This year, Nakshatra was led completely by the community volunteers and tutors. 117 community volunteers and 45 tutors proactively took up the responsibility of handling inventory, security tags, venue, managing the children and food stalls on D-Day. They also enthusiastically led all the sports events for the children, cheering them and supporting them when required. The children felt much more confident and exhilarated to perform in front of their community members. “Bhumi took us to the Nakshatra event this year and I won 3 medals there. My friends and parents were very proud of me. Nakshatra gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent and I would love to participate every year.” – Kaviya (Beneficiary), Koyambedu Community center
19 November, 2019
Children immersed in diverse activities
Children immersed in diverse activities
22 July, 2019
The programme provides children a platform to compete in a healthy, competitive environment without the fear of being judged. The talent festival has an array of competitive activities to ensure that children of all age groups from children’s homes participate and gain immensely from competing against their peers. 50 different competitions in arts – including flower arrangement, pot painting, clay modelling, elocution, dance, song etc and athletic and sporting competitions like sprint, high jump, shot put, volley ball, chess etc are conducted to facilitate maximum talent discovery. The event is peppered with entertainment, games, workshops and a science exhibition to keep the children busy even while they were not competing.
Story from the field
Kannan, a class 7 student from ICCW shelter home in Chennai, won 3rd prize in Darshan’s ‘Dance Chennai Dance’ event on Oct 2, 2017. This winning moment was earned from years of practice by the child, along with support of Bhumi volunteers. Bhumi’s Ignite - dance project (called deStep) has been functional at ICCW for couple of years now. The project was started when Bhumi volunteers observed the raw talent in children at Nakshatra (an annual inter-home talent fest); the volunteers decided to start deStep right away and groom those children. ‘Dance Chennai Dance’ is a huge platform for children to display their grooves and moves. Kannan and one other student from ICCW participated in the mega event. It was a first time that they experienced a stage as grand as this, where their talent would be seen by a big crowd. Though all the children performed well, Kannan outdid at various levels of the competition. His powerful and elegant performance won him a spot among the 22 finalists. His continued rock-solid performance bagged him the third prize in the finals. This competition and the success is a motivation that has led Kannan to set a goal for himself. He wishes to practice more and improve his talent. Credit is also shared by volunteers for all the training and motivation provided.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||4621|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||7000|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||4000000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||4000000|
30 October, 2018
The talent festival provides children a platform to compete in a healthy, competitive environment with an array of 50 different competitions in arts, athletic and sporting competitions such as - flower arrangement, pot painting, clay modelling, elocution, dance, singing, sprint, high jump, shot put, volley ball, chess etc. The event is peppered with entertainment, games, workshops and a science exhibition to keep the children busy even while they were not competing. Nakshatra is planned across cities and zones for this academic year in the upcoming months.
Story from the field
TS Kannan a class 7 student from a shelter home had participated in 'Dance Chennai Dance', a huge platform for children to display their grooves and moves. It was the first time that he experienced a stage as grand as this and it was a winning moment earned from years of practice by the child, along with support of Bhumi volunteers where his rock-solid performance won him the3rd prize. His powerful and elegant performance won him a spot among the 22 finalists. This competition and the success is a motivation that has led Kannan to set a goal for himself.
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||9000|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||5967|