A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Family roots are from north of India, Delhi. Born and brought up in Gujarat. I have a professional working experience of 14 years in varied fields like teaching, HR, Counselor and I have finally landed up as QA in IT field.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
I was working for a visually challenged association in Gujarat and after shifting to Bangalore, I was searching for a NGO which hasn’t flourished and wasn’t well known to people. I found BHUMI and registered online and started volunteering for the Kanini project.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Last 2 years have been extremely joyful. Teaching was always a passion but I wasn’t aware kids have potential to teach us values of life. I was much disciplined, organized and always turned up before time for meetings/classes. Kids made me realize that there is no harm in sharing stupid ideas and being crazy. Quality time matters rather than quantity.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
Last year during HI5 activity, I visited Madhu Mansion center. I had spent only three hours on that day with them this year during Nakshatra. I was standing and a few kids were screaming out to me. I didn’t know why they are shouting. I got worried; I was wondering if someone was hurt. They started laughing and said akka you forgot us. We met last year when you visited our home. I was so surprised and happy by the way they met me and started asking when you are coming and so many questions.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Arpit has inspired me a lot. Though he had a language barrier he stretched himself for the well being of the kids. He never complains for what we don’t have, he always talks about what we can do for the kids rather than for us. He shows how a small contribution can make lot of change in kids’ life.
Any specific/special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
This year during Nakshatra price distribution, I was shuttling between many activities when suddenly few kids came and called a volunteer “come akka photo”. Volunteers and the children were talking to each other like they’ve known each other for years.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Bhumi is a source for volunteers to reach out and bring a change in the lives of children and society. While taking some responsibility or doing something we should not think that this not my work as it’s not my career or my job. We all share equal responsibility for all events.