Bhumi’s vision of turning India into an educated and poverty-free country through volunteering has snowballed into stories of our students becoming volunteers and giving back what they received. These milestone moments instill faith in us that we are on the right path.
Satadeep Dasgupta, has recently started volunteering to teach computers at the Saujatya Home for Boys in Kolkata where he grew up and learnt computers as part of Bhumi’s Ignite programme. We caught up with this extraordinary young man to hear his story and the snowball effect of our youth volunteers, inspiring children like Satadeep to give back to their own communities.
Satadeep hails from a humble financial background but things went haywire when he lost his father at the age of seven. Not being able to provide enough resources for her son’s education, Satadeep’s mother enrolled him in Saujatya Home for Boys in Jadavpur, Kolkata.
Initially, Satadeep took some time to adjust in the boys home without his mother. Slowly, with time, he made many friends and started enjoying his time there. He was always sincere in his work and is driven to support his mother after he completes his studies.
“Satadeep is a self-learner, he used to learn new things and teach the same to his friends in the home”- Ramesh Babu (Caretaker, Saujatya Home)
In 2016, when Bhumi’s Kanini project was introduced in his center, Satadeep enrolled and started displaying great interest in learning more. He nurtured himself further and can now develop simpler mobile applications by himself.
With great enthusiasm and zeal to prove himself, wrote his class 10 board exams in 2017 and he came out with flying colours securing 85%. This also marked a new chapter in his life as he got admission in Ramkrishna Mission school, a premier institution in Kolkata.
This year, he appeared for his class 12 board exams and secured 78% marks. He aims to become a doctor and serve the society in his future and is now preparing for NEET exams.
But, what’s most humbling is that Satadeep attended Bhumi’s orientation program in Kolkata in April this year to start volunteering. He now teaches computer education at the same center Saujatya Home for Boys.
When asked why he chose to volunteer, he says “My mentors at Ramakrishna Mission told me that kindness was beyond everything – so I want to spread this message by volunteering with Bhumi.”
Satadeep holds a special place in his heart for one of our Bhumi volunteers Abhiroop Bhattacharya, who not only mentored him during his Bhumi classes but was constantly in touch with him about his progress in life and kept guiding him to achieve more. Satadeep says “ I am here because I want to be like Abhiroop Da”.
Bhumi embarked on a mission to bridge the gap in education 14 years ago, and we would not have come this far if not for the undying spirit and energy of our volunteers. You too can transform India through education. Join us today: https://bhumi.ngo
Contributor: Neha Singal, ChangeDriver
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.