Volunteer Den – Sachin Kulkarni

Project & Center: Kanini @ DenMaher, Pune

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences).

I hail from Bijapur, Karnataka and have been in Pune for the past 10 years. Now the place has become my ‘Karmbhoomi’. I have attained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and PGD in Business Management. I am in sales since the last 10 years.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
After settling down in Pune, a thought lingered in my mind for long – ‘What is my contribution to the society?’ and that I needed to give back to the society. On that thought, I determined to spend some hours per month/week for social causes. While searching for NGOs in Pune online, I came across many of them which mainly focused on financial donations. When I came across the website of Bhumi, I saw the opportunity to volunteer. This is what I had been looking for, and I immediately registered. During the initial orientation, I was amazed that Bhumi is totally a youth driven organization. I observed that the youth of our country is very concerned about social causes. I made my mind about volunteering with Bhumi and do my bit for the society, and now I am part of the Kanini project (Computer Science) for the last two years.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Personally, I felt very honoured when I visited the centre where I teach for the very first time, because of the warm welcome I received. This strengthened my desire to engage in more social work. By showering knowledge to the underprivileged children, I came to know that there are bright kids in the society who need a small push from somebody to pursue their goals. When you do so, you surely have to set an example as a responsible citizen as well, by showing them the path of right from wrong. This, I feel, is what is required most to improve the situation of our country.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
One moment that definitely is memorable is my very first class (ice breaking session) for the Kanini Project, because I received a very warm welcome. Additionally, on being honored as a chief guest for my centre’s internal Annual Sports Competition, and getting the opportunity to award the talented is a memorable event. 

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you?
The very first Bhumian I interacted with was Mr. Suren Mohanty. Ever since then, I am always in awe of him. I am inspired by his dedication in handling all the projects, arranging events in short durations, and the way he organizes everything.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Volunteers usually have get-togethers and meets, all which were memorable. But the best time with the volunteers was the Matheran picnic with Bhumi volunteers in Feb, 2015. I will cherish the wonderful moments at Matheran forever.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Bhumi is a youth driven NGO. New ideas are always welcomed and each volunteer is respected. Bhumi has various projects and time schedule that is suitable to any volunteer, making it is quite flexible. An important message I would like to give everyone, a volunteer or not, is to spend some time for upliftment of the society. And do not worry about not having time for volunteering, because we do have time, it is only about enthusiastically taking a step ahead. Contribute to make a prosperous, healthy and educated India!

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