Tell us a little about yourself!
I am Abhijit Roy, Project Coordinator of Kanini (Computer), Kolkata. I am associated with Bhumi for more than eighteen months now. Professionally working as Assistant HR & Administrator in a manufacturing company, I like to contribute my time during the weekends in teaching computer to the kids. Apart from that, I like playing musical instruments (Guitar, Piano) and drawing.
Brief summary of your journey in Bhumi
My journey with Bhumi started with the computer literacy project “Kanini”. Soon after the orientation, I did my first class, there was this volunteer Tanuj Prakash who helped me understand more about the classes, soon we became good friends, I was very excited and nervous at the same time. I started taking classes in multiple centers and in due course of time became the Project Coordinator of Kanini.
What is the one thing that Bhumi taught you in life?
Bhumi taught me how to collaborate with like-minded people and make a difference in society through various means of education and civic initiatives.
How did Bhumi help you in your social life or personal life?
Bhumi blessed me with wonderful friends who themselves are driving change and initiating it, in their respective fields. I have learned a lot from them and they helped me immensely in my overall journey.
What changes did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Bhumi has imparted me with an optimistic outlook for the society, I have lost the habit of complaining rather now I try to think of ways to change the existing realities of the society. I wish to do more and expand my outreach to the rural section of our country and hope that through the collaborative efforts we can achieve it.
Share an interesting experience at Bhumi
After conducting my first NIIT certification course and while distributing certificates, one of the child’s parents came to me, folded her hands said “I am grateful to you people, I had never thought my girl would operate computers but now she does and it’s all because of people like you,” following this the center decided to stop external computer certification course for their children as Bhumi’s computer course was sufficient for them. It was an overwhelming and emotional moment for me. And it will remain with me through my journey and will motivate me to do more.
Any achievements / remarkable footprints in your life
Coordinating Nakshatra as Events Coordinator and getting Bhumi Earth Award. Expanded Kanini centers from 3 to 6. Updating backdated data and keeping the data up to date.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
On my birthday weekend when I went to take the classes, there was a parent-teacher meet so parents of all the children were there. This particular child’s mother brought me homemade noodles for my birthday, it was a beautiful surprise but also an emotional one. I shared the food with all the children and it is one of the most special moments of my life.
Any shoutout for your friends or fellow volunteers?
All my fellow coordinators and volunteers are change-makers but there are these three people, Siddharth Kedia, Danish Khan and Radhika Baheti from whom I have learned a lot. Sid taught me how to be innovative and open to accepting decisions whereas Danish taught me how to achieve your goals, Radhika is the most supporting person who taught me how to bond with your fellow volunteers and keep everyone together by using her famous lines “Bhatko Mat” (Do not get lost). We share a good bond and support each other.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
My plan to work for Bhumi wasn’t planned, I was just looking for something to invest my free time. I was surfing the web for NGOs and registered for a few. Bhumi was one of them, I attended their orientation and the first thing that came to my mind while attending the orientation was that someday I would like to conduct this orientation, and during my course of time, it happened. Becoming the Project Coordinator was never something I was aiming for, I enjoyed taking classes in multiple centers, meeting with kids, understanding how each kid is different and unique. Bhumi is now a part of my life and people here have become my second family. I cherish every moment to the fullest and aspire to do more. Support each other.