Thursday, April 15, 2010


Dasanna is a BHUMI mentor at Vijaynagar Colony Govt. School

'DnE 4' - Workshops this year

The Dronacharya Ekalavya Tutoring Mentoring Program at BHUMI, over the last one and half years has evolved into a structured experiential leadership learning program. Involved in community upliftment work of the program aimed at tutoring and mentoring government school children, fellows on leadership learning journeys (mentors, tutors and coaches) go through a wide range of challenging experiences. Moving between working with the children at schools to workshops where challenges and experiences are explored to enable concrete learning, fellows acquire strength of character, skills and competence in Problem Solving, Transformational Communication and Creative Entrepreneurship.

DnE 4, which concludes in May this year is the first time when the workshops have become an integral part of the learning journey. Since last year these workshops were being facilitated by a group of experienced trainers from across India. Trainers like Kiran, Reah, Siddharth, Shantan, Vikram, Vaishnavi, Vinita have enabled deep leanings and paradigm shifts for the DnE fellows.

An interesting development in the program this year has been the training of some of the core DnE team members in training and facilitation. Reah and Siddharth of ‘Paradigms Unlimited’ have enabled Pallavi Rao, Firoze Akram, Kadambini, Mahesh and Madhav, all BHUMI DnE fellows to learn concepts and tools in ‘Problem Solving and Transformational Communication’ and enable facilitation of the same for other coaches, mentors and tutors.

They have also subsequently conducted two successful workshops in the last two months.

Here is a huge CONGRATULATIONS, welcoming the birth of in-house trainers for Bhumi !!!

Whats BHUMI all about?

We all tell stories about our lives don’t we? You know, how we got excited about doing something, like rock climbing, or gardening or learning pottery, or learning to play the flute or reading literature or something else that inspires you, and how doing that thing brought you amazing joy?

Well! BHUMI also has a similar story. Back in 2005 a group of young people got inspired to change the world around them into a better place. The journey started with adopting a government school in a slum in Hyderabad and committing to making education more interesting for its children. And needless to say we have been having a ball doing what inspires us! A lot more people have joined this journey and others have moved on to pursue other things that have touched and inspired them. Over the last four years Bhumi has been through a very interesting journey of discovering itself and concretising its purpose into a vision, plans, projects and actions. We have come so much closer to defining what we want to do as a professional organisation and how we want to do it. We are going to be using this space in the first few editions to re-introduce you to Bhumi. Its vision, mission, values, its leadership development model, bhumiisms (meanings to words we use at Bhumi, the way we use them), our developmental initiatives and our take on several situations in the world around us.

BHUMI is a centre for leadership excellence. We believe competent leadership across all spectrums of society is critical to achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

The challenges facing humanity require solutions that match complexity and intricacy of the problems. Bhumi supports individuals who seek to craft and execute solutions across five domains viz., 1.Education, 2.Livelihoods, 3.Health care, 4.Water, Environment & Sanitation, 5.Governance and Democracy. These solutions embody multi-stakeholder collaborations which involve the communities they are crafted for.

More about our work in the next edition!

BHUMI sets up its PR & Communications Team

As most of you know, BHUMI has grown in leaps and bounds since it was born about 4 years ago. We are really fortunate to have such a large base of volunteers and well wishers. Besides the well known programs like freedom under construction, dronacharya & ekalavya leadership development program, and RTI workshops, there is so much happening in BHUMI almost every other day. People dedicatedly working full-time have been so engrossed in what they do that as an organization BHUMI has till date not been able to setup a proper communication channel to keep its family members informed about its activities.

With a deep wish to connect to its family, BHUMI has now committed to setting up a PR & Communications team, that would be working to strengthen the communication with its family members.

Some of the things we would be doing as a part of the activities of this team are:

  1. Team would send updates to the members though a its newsletter - NAYAN
  2. All the members would be shifted to the mailing list at which shall from now on be an official members mailing list. List would be moderated by the PR Team.
  3. shall be the official mail id to which members can contact the Team, for any info to be communicated to its Members.
  4. Updates on important happenings would be available on social media channels
    facebook page:,
    twitter, at
  5. Articles written by Bhumiites, and their experiences shared in group meetings, learning circles, shall be available at the bhumi blog : please do follow it for regular updates.
PR Team would need support from members, anyone interested to join please write us at

Please do let us know suggestions and opinions