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Bhumi spreads its wings to Bengaluru

Bhumi spreads its wings to Bengaluru

An idle mind is a devil’s workshop, but not that of a Bhumian!!! πŸ™‚ After getting addicted to the weekend classes in Chennai and being overdosed by the children’s enthusiasm and energy, it becomes hard for anyone to stay away. When a few of us had to move to Bengaluru, we could not do anything for a long time.

So that’s when we decided to explore the option of starting our classes in Bengaluru. After a few discussions with some social workers we zeroed in on a small community of Tamil speaking families in Dr. Ambedkar Nagar slum to start Kanini classes there. The community has grown from huts to concrete houses through the help of World Vision over the last 13 years. A few Church-run schools cater to the schooling of the children and this has equipped them with fairly good English knowledge.

We decided to launch Kanini in Bengaluru for 25 children at Dr.Ambedkar Nagar. Then, we sought to gather our most valued asset – Volunteers. By word of mouth we gathered six enthusiastic people for a miniature orientation at Lal bagh. All six agreed to take up teaching right away, and we were just a week away from the real action.

Before we started classes, it was essential to understand the level of computer knowledge of the children. A typical assessment may scare the kids and give them wrong ideas about our classes. So, our icebreaker was planned out as an assessment and fun activity. Ore kallula rendu maanga πŸ™‚

While we had planned for only 25 kids, we were joined by another 60 from the area; their warmth and energy amazed us in a crammed 10×10 hall. We split them into 2 batches and started with jig-saw puzzles from charts with computer parts and accessories. Once the teams solved the puzzle, they were asked to share whatever they knew about each picture.

To lighten up the session further we played pin the tail, words can’t describe how crazy the room became πŸ™‚ Following this we had an English test through scrabble; the groups came up with 69 words from 16 alphabets in about 10 minutes.

These kids are undoubtedly smart, bright and eager to learn. The new volunteers enjoyed their first interaction with the children and are eager to start teaching. Soon the kids who learn from us will be able to teach their siblings and neighbours. And maybe they will take care of the classes themselves and we may simply have to guide them through. Ah! A Bhumian never stops dreaming πŸ™‚

–Β Aarthi Narasimhan, Sriram Ponnusamy &Β Vaishnavi Srinivasan

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13 Comments
  • Praveen Nookala
    Posted at 20:10h, 10 October Reply

    fantastic job….

  • Praveen Nookala
    Posted at 01:40h, 11 October Reply

    fantastic job….

  • Prahalathan
    Posted at 18:20h, 11 October Reply

    Fabulous work I say! Proud of you all πŸ™‚

  • Prahalathan
    Posted at 23:50h, 11 October Reply

    Fabulous work I say! Proud of you all πŸ™‚

  • Gyan India
    Posted at 18:49h, 11 October Reply

    Good work..Keep it up

  • Gyan India
    Posted at 00:19h, 12 October Reply

    Good work..Keep it up

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:11h, 12 October Reply

    Great start, team Bengaluru πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:41h, 12 October Reply

    Great start, team Bengaluru πŸ™‚

  • Balaji Pattabhiraman
    Posted at 14:12h, 29 January Reply

    Would you like a website for Bhumi bangalore?. I would like 2 contribute for the same. Let me know…

  • Balaji Pattabhiraman
    Posted at 19:42h, 29 January Reply

    Would you like a website for Bhumi bangalore?. I would like 2 contribute for the same. Let me know…

  • Prahalathan
    Posted at 15:58h, 29 January Reply

    We would be using the same website for Bhumi nationall – http://www.Bhumi.org.in

  • Prahalathan
    Posted at 21:28h, 29 January Reply

    We would be using the same website for Bhumi nationall – http://www.Bhumi.org.in

  • Pooja
    Posted at 14:49h, 09 May Reply

    Hey, how can I get permission to post more updates on Bengaluru center here?

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