08 Sep Volunteer Testimonial – Niranjan Madhavan
“I have no regrets in life thus far, but if there was one thing I could do over, it would be to join Bhumi years earlier.”
It is with mixed emotions that I write this. I have been granted admission to study abroad, and hopefully I will be leaving this September. Though it gives me great happiness to start something that I have worked towards for years, I am sad that I will not be active in Bhumi.
I was introduced to Bhumi through my girlfriend who wanted to teach and make a difference in the lives of the children who needed it. I have always wanted to be a volunteer and do something similar to what Bhumians do. However, I lived twenty years of my life without actually making the effort to find out how I could get involved. I remember reading somewhere that “Knowledge is but potential, and truly only becomes power when we act upon it“. This was true in my case – I knew what I had to do, but it wasn’t until I got the push to actually find out about Bhumi and take the effort to act upon it, that it became a life-changing experience. I have no regrets in life thus far, but if there was one thing I could do over, it would be to join Bhumi years earlier.
I have been with Bhumi for a year and a half now, and I can honestly say that this period has been the busiest, and yet the most satisfying period of my life. I’m sure a lot of Bhumians have told you before that they learned leadership skills, time management, punctuality, communication skills and so on during their time with Bhumi. I did too, but more importantly, I learnt a lot of life’s lessons from the little children while I was attempting to teach them.
Siragugal 2011 is truly an event that I will cherish and I am proud to have been part of. I could go on describing each and every moment of it, and how it made me a better person – but I will save that for another time. As I mentioned, I have been with Bhumi for a relatively short time and I may not have become a very familiar name with too many other Bhumians; but what I consider the real barometer of my time with Bhumi is the fact that at least one child remembers my name and asks why I didn’t come for class the previous week. This, for me, is the peak of achievement with Bhumi and nothing else can come close.
I have seen the motivation and drive of the support team and the infectious effect it has on other Bhumians. The rapid way in which Bhumi is expanding across our country is testament to this. It is only a matter of time until Bhumi’s ultimate goal of ensuring that every child is well educated is met; of this, I have complete faith. Maybe there will soon come a time when Bhumi considers expanding abroad, and when that day arrives, I hope you guys will call me with a long list of tasks! I do not wish to ever say goodbye to Bhumi and I am always available to carry out whatever work is possible and required of me.
I’d like to conclude with one request and one statement. The request is that I would like to continue working with Bhumi in any way possible and I would like you to keep that in mind whenever you need a willing pair of hands.
The statement is simple – Thank you.