Prakash has been volunteering with Bhumi for the past 3 years as part of the Yantra project, currently on the national support team.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a system engineer at TCS Research & Innovation with a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Sairam Engineering College. My hobbies are playing basketball and creating IOT devices. My aim is to raise awareness about education and educate kids across all sections of the society. Currently, I am part of the national support team for Yantra project.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
In 2015, I joined Bhumi and chose Little Einstein Mathematics as my project. Initially I was not very regular to classes but on noticing the dedication of my fellow volunteers, I was inspired to take up the role of the Center Coordinator and I started teaching Math in unconventional methods. In 2017, I wanted to take up more volunteering responsibilities to share my ideas & thoughts and impact at a greater level and applied for Lead Bhumi. Although I had applied for Project Coordinator in LEM, I was given the role of Operations Coordinator for LEM, Chennai. The experiences faced were multi-faceted and challenging where we, as a team, strived to solved the problem and created sustainable progress in our project.
Share your experience in the event that you have been actively participating in.
Over the years, I’ve always actively participated in Nakshatra sports and arts, Bhumi Sports League and Bhumi India Run. I’ve taken up various support and coordinator roles like venue, logistics, events like indoor games etc. With these prior experiences, I took up the overall Coordinator role for Ignite fest 2017-18. Ignite fest 2017-18 is one of the most amazing experiences that I have encountered in my life so far. The phase groomed me a lot and taught me how to handle things in a better way. It also gave me a clear and holistic view of Bhumi’s Ignite program.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Personally, volunteering has improved my leadership skills and uplifted me to a great extent. It has also helped me to inspire many more to give back to the society.
I used to play basketball for a club at Velachery where I would regularly share experiences about the activities that I was a part of in Bhumi to my fellow teammates. Last year, we heard about the conditions of the underprivileged kids in a slum near perungudi. With the help of my basketball club players and my prior experience at Bhumi, I decided to start providing support to the underprivileged in terms of education, sports and arts. We initiated weekend classes and with Bhumi’s support, we also conducted an RTE campaign. The program has thrived well and in order to have a sustainable growth, I found a community centre there and brought it under Bhumi’s Ignite program.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration to you.
Ashiq – he mentored and supported me during my initial stages of volunteering. His thoughtful words and working style inspired me a lot.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
During 2016-17 Ignite fest, I took a kid from my centre to visit the Yantra project. On observation, he got very interested in learning it. When I went for classes, he asked me to teach him robotics. After my regular class, I started teaching him robotics and he learnt with a level of attention that he had never shown in any of the other classes.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi:
Bhumi is a very good platform where both you as well the beneficiaries, i.e. the kids, get impacted. Leadership and public speaking are some skills you get to improve and build on at a personal level. You will get inspired by your fellow volunteers to do more.