01 Feb Bhumi Volunteer Den – February 2012
Every month, Bhumi Mirror’s Volunteer Den section focuses on one volunteer who has been making a considerable difference in his/her respective project. This February, its Lakshmi Narayanan from Kanini. This 20-year old coordinates the Bhumi Chapter in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
Hi Lakshmi, tell us about yourself.
I am a final year student of Mechanical Engineering from Saranathan College, Trichy.
OK so, flashback! How were you introduced to Bhumi, or rather, how did you introduce Bhumi in Trichy?
A few of us friends from college started a club called the People’s Welfare Club. The major activities of this club include conducting blood donation camps, visiting old age homes, and keeping the environment clean and green. In addition to these, we were always on the lookout for something that would help people or make society better. It so happened, that one of our members Ranjani Ramamoorthy came across a Bhumi pamphlet one day. She told us about it, and it seemed like a good idea to call the number listed. So we ended up calling Dr. Prahalathan, who soon visited our college in Trichy and gave us an orientation on Bhumi.
Following this, within the next 15 days or so, on 30 July 2011, we identified Bharathiyar Gurukulam as the first centre in Trichy. Here, we initiated Kanini.
Great! That’s quite an inspirational story! So how has the journey been so far?
It has been great! We now have two Kanini centres where volunteers teach regularly. The Joy to the World initiative was conducted in seven different homes. We have introduced Little Einsteins in one centre recently, and we hope to introduce two more very soon. Every moment is a great experience and the love and affection shown by the children is indeed very moving.
So what is your role in Bhumi?
My role is to coordinate the Trichy team with Ranjani. We identify centres, work with the approvals and formalities in the different centres, conduct orientations, and gather volunteers.
Can you narrate one unforgettable experience in Bhumi?
There have been several unforgettable experiences, especially during the Joy to the World season. A lot of volunteers who are not Bhumians came forward to help and contribute towards the cause. My house, at one point, was filled with about 300 colourfully wrapped gifts; I was overwhelmed. J There were gifts everywhere I looked, and later on when we distributed these amongst the children, their smiles were just priceless! It made us all extremely happy to have made their festive season special.