“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller
Read Aarti’s story to discover how you can make a difference and feed your passions through volunteering.
I have been volunteering with Bhumi for a year and a half. As a college student when I was finding ways to utilise my time more meaningfully, I discovered Bhumi. I opted to volunteer for the robotics project simply out of curiosity. To be really honest, I did not have enough background knowledge about the subject but I came with a bagful of confidence to teach children. I guess this motivated the project leads to choose me as a robotics volunteer. Nevertheless, I would say it was destiny as am presently employed in the field of robotics too, and all thanks to Bhumi, I could channelise my curiosity into sound knowledge.
Bhumi provides its volunteers with a platform to explore and volunteer for various causes. One can choose to contribute to a cause close to their heart. I find it very exciting to explore new avenues via Bhumi and help in different ways.
Let me take you to my robotics class with Bhumi. Here we constantly strive to build concepts rather than just teach content. We want our children to become innovators and apply these concepts in constructing their own robots. Imagine tiny hands fiddling with circuits to build a robot that can kick a ball or serve you coffee – That’s what we aim to do with these children. As educators, we feel it’s our primary responsibility to generate curiosity in them. We treat each child with equal care and interest and try to explain them in a way they can understand.
The ultimate moment in my volunteering journey occurred recently when a donor visiting one of our shelter homes fulfilled all the wishes of the children in that home. But can you guess what some of the children wished for?
To our unimaginable happiness, they had asked for robotic kits and when we visited the home for the class, they proudly displayed these kits in front of us and promised to build a new robot before the next session. This incident sealed our faith in what we were doing. We could visibly see the impact our classes were creating on these young minds. I am incredibly grateful to Bhumi for adding this experience to my life – something to cherish forever!
Wordsmith: Aarthi S (Volunteer, Chennai)
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.