Volunteer Den – Himansha Rani Agarwal

Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Himansha from Hyderabad. I am currently working as an Assistant Manager in Genpact. I have joined Bhumi in 2016 to contribute to the cause of educating underprivileged children. I believe that passing on knowledge is the best gift we can give as it will help to develop individuality and in turn develop our society.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen? (Including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?

I was keen in teaching small kids. And Bhumi is one of the best NGOs in terms of child education, which matched my interests of teaching and hence I joined.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?

Joining Bhumi has brought some of the major changes in me and my behavior. Kids have taught me to be stress free and to be happy all the time no matter what life brings to you. I try to imbibe the positivity in every action of mine, the quality that I developed after joining Bhumi.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian:

It gave me immense satisfaction when small kids used to hug me as soon I went to their place. I wait whole week to go and meet them, and it used to make my day when I got such a cordial response from them.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration:

Vignesh, Centre coordinator, has been an inspiration right from the day I joined. He is active and always thinks out of the box to make children learn in every possible way. Also I would like to mention my co-volunteer Ravi Teja, whose teaching style is influential. He made classes like a story telling session and made the academic subjects very interesting for kids.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?

There was an instance when I turned up little late to the center due to traffic. I heard from my co-volunteers that children stood near the entrance waiting for me and asked them repeatedly when I would reach. I felt bad that children had to wait for me, but at the same time I felt valued and happy that kids are getting the knowledge which I am trying to pass on to them. They are eagerly waiting for the Sunday classes.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi:  

Be yourself and understand kids as much as possible. Kids teach us more life experiences than we teach them academic subjects. 

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