Sarjun has been volunteering with Bhumi for almost 4 years now. The HR Coordinator for Kanini in Bengaluru until last year, he still continues to volunteer with Bhumi.
Tell us a little about yourself!
Originally from Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, I am currently working as a Design Engineer in Cyient Ltd, Bengaluru.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
It happened when I was on the hunt for a job. A senior of mine, Ramalakshmi, had been insisting on me and a few other friends to be a part of the Bhumi family. Once I got a job, she made sure I got into Bhumi, and how glad am I! My interest grew as I progressed from a volunteer to a Centre Coordinator to finally being a Lead of the Kanini project.
Share your experience in the event that you have been actively participating in.
The Chennai floods was a very crucial time for all volunteers. Each one of us wanted to be able to make a difference by helping in any way we could. As for my experience, the Bengaluru volunteers distributed relief materials to Kadalur village and Pallithennal; and that journey from Bengaluru to Chennai was one to remember. All of us were new volunteers who were strangers to each other. Apart from one colleague, I knew nobody, but that’s what made it all the more beautiful. It was great to work as a team, as the process of familiarizing happened completely organically.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I’ve learnt to love and be thankful for whatever I’m blessed with. While I was happy with the impact of my work, watching them smile is what truly makes me happy.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration:
Chenthil Kumar VMS has been my major source of inspiration. He is called a perfectionist and for good reason! While most volunteers take up something in their free time, he is someone who puts in effort into everything he does. He is creative in his thinking and makes sure enough research and homework goes into every project that he initiates or takes part in.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
One of the most special moments took place during an education audit in a slum. A 10 year-old girl’s answer touched my heart. She is daughter to a single mother who goes to work, leaving the 10 year-old completely responsible of her 2 year-old sister. The burning desire and interest in her to learn was palpable, and I believe such kids deserve better education.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi:
As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It took years to get there. So I just want to say you may not see a difference with a day’s work. The impact of our work over time is what matters – that satisfaction of making someone else happy puts a smile on our faces.