In Bhumi’s quest towards a better future, there are some stories that inspire more than most. One such story is that of young Ms. Bhuvaneshwari, a tenacious girl who has benefitted from Bhumi’s Bring Smiles programme. It is a sponsorship programme, initiated in 2011, to support children from lesser-pivileged backgrounds.
The daughter of a mason and a household helper, financial support was not easy to come by for Bhuvaneshwari. With two younger sisters for the family to support, the situation was far from ideal. But rather than daunt, her drive and determination to succeed only grew. Her guardian, Mrs. Gayathri Ramadoss, after learning of her impressive score of 462/500 in class 10, approached Bhumi seeking support for her education. The Bring Smiles gifted her with a sponsorship for class 11, keeping track of her academics. She performed consistently, thereby securing a sponsorship for class 12 as well. And yet again, she proved herself by securing the 1st rank in her school with a score of 1147/1200.
The Bhumi team visited St. Anne’s Matriculation School and interacted with the staff who had nothing but praise for Bhuvaneshwari. They all described her as dedicated, hardworking, obedient, cooperative and determined. They appreciated her time management skills and also spoke about how Bhuvaneshwari participated in inter-school competitions and always came out on top. Her Principal also spoke very highly of her, and thanked Bhumi for supporting such a deserving candidate.
When asked about her experience, she was grateful to the Bhumi team for being helpful and encouraging, and grateful to her teachers for being almost like a second parent to her. She expressed special thanks to her guardian, Mrs. Gayathri Ramadoss, who took sincere and loving efforts in finding support for her. Bhuvaneshwari sees her as a family and not just a guardian. Her starry eyed vision of becoming an auditor is now one step closer to being realized.
Stunningly insightful at such a young age, Bhuvaneshwari didn’t offer a name when she was asked who her role model was, choosing instead to say that one must not search for role models amongst others, but aspire to be a role model for others. According to her, everyone gets a chance at success, but only those who take that chance will be successful.
Bhuvaneshwari plans to pursue a degree in B.Com at Meenakshi College for Women, with CA classes in parallel, again backed by her Bring Smiles Scholarship. But the success of the beneficiaries of this program as doctors, auditors, etc., is not its most important facet; it is the greatest contribution to society in nurturing these children to grow into good human beings. Bhuvaneshwari’s dream to be an auditor is supplemented by her desire to help children in need, and provide free tuitions to those who can’t afford expensive coaching centres, thus, continuing to bring smiles long after this sponsorship program has run its course for her.
Hers is just one of many stories that Bring Smiles has helped write. So far, the numbers are:
- 2013-14: 19 children
- 2014-15: 10 children
- 2015-16: 12 children
- 2016-17: 290 children
- 2017-18: 459 children
Incentives to perform for those in need of it are an integral cog in the machine of upliftment. By continuing to encourage excellence, and providing a ray of hope to those who need it, Bhumi is helping to create a better, brighter future … a future in which every child has the chance to dream, the chance to grow, and the chance to change the world.