29 Mar Volunteer Den – Rumia Mukherjee
A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Hi I’m Rumia and thanks to my defense background (Dad) I’m basically from many places. Born in Lucknow, then schooling started in Pune (Maharashtra), trolled through Dalhousie (HP), Allahabad (UP) and finally ended in New Delhi, all Kendriya Vidyalayas. Graduated from WBUT (West Bengal University Of Technology), B.Tech. I currently work in Tech Mahindra as a Software Engineer since 2.7yrs. I was an active member in my college community help group called ‘Sparsh’ and I have organised blood donation camps, cloth/books donation drives etc. I have also worked with special children of ‘Shanti daan’, Missionaries of Charity- Kolkata. Besides, I started pestering my maids with books, taught them how to dial and write phone numbers which I consider a small achievement for me
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
I always believed education is one of the strongest weapons to fight against social evils. One fine morning I got a SMS from Bhumi regarding Kolkata start-up and hence a meeting. There was no looking back since then. Currently I am volunteering for Little Einsteins – Mathematics. I love kids and generally they mingle well with me. That was my notion until my topic of conversation with them was MATHS! 😀 Kids like to keep distance with books and more so if it’s Maths. So obviously we were not welcome initially as ‘teachers’. But as we started teaching in our ‘Bhumi way’, kids did not seem to mind much. They are generally happy to see us now. Small achievement again
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Like I said I am an education supporter among all social work. Working with kids has only strengthened my belief system. I can see more clearly the gap between ‘education’ and ‘learning’. My friends and I at Bhumi try our best to fill this gap and have learnt team work, dealing with noisy kids, expanding patience limits in the process. Personally, I would like to thank the kids I teach as my patience has become 3folds (and increasing) . I have definitely become a better person and have become more aware. Big thank you Bhumi ! One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian. One of our 5th standard kid had to leave as she was shifted to another home. We could not meet her the last time but to our pleasant surprise she left a ‘Thank you’ card for us. She drew it beautifully and wrote lines with her imperfect English and perfect love for Didis and Dadas.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Tough to name one! I like Tanushree’s energy very much. Also love fellow volunteer friends’ dedication too much, Rashmi’s helpfulness.. I learn from all of them, at least try to
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
With kids, every day is a memory. Even the way they lovingly call us ‘Didi’ and ‘Dada’ is special to us! With volunteers I love the after class tea sessions, that’s our ritual at Hope Foundation.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Don’t think of the result and keep giving your best to kids. Somewhere you are touching their lives crucially, you may not even know! May be they are not getting the math you are teaching but they are learning the polite way of talking, from the way you talk to them. May be they are grasping the way you interact with other volunteers and learn team-work! May be someone is inspired to become a teacher like you… you never know. YOU GUYS ACTUALLY ROCK and keep rocking!