Works to bridge the gaps in formal education and opportunities by providing education and life-skills support to underprivileged children and promotes volunteering among youth for social causes

  • Started: 2006
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Bhumi was founded to provide quality education to underprivileged children. It is trying to attract youth to volunteer towards this initiative enablin Read moreg the development of talent and an educated and poverty-free country. Its efforts are driven to include education, civic volunteering, and developing leadership with a focus on civic volunteering in a big way. It also provides a two-year, paid, and full-time fellowship to graduates. The candidates get the opportunity to work on school transformation and embed innovative pedagogy, focusing on school leadership, learning, and sharing of knowledge & expertise. It has named its two primary initiatives Ignite and Catalyze, with many sub-initiatives forming part of the larger umbrellas. Ignite deals with education and relevant programs like teaching at shelter homes, community learning centers, socio-emotional development, and school development. Catalyze looks more at the environmental aspects and works towards creating an eco-aware future generation through right to education, eco-champs, think-green, and seed-ball initiatives.


Bhumi believes that every child deserves to have access to quality education. It is the one thing that can never be lost. Additionally, it will enable them to achieve many of their aspirations and live fulfilling lives. It promotes whole-school transformations and gives educational opportunities to students from disadvantaged communities. Conserving the ecology and its blessings is a necessity, not a privilege. Bhumi’s vision is for every Indian to volunteer for causes such as child education, and community welfare, among many others.


Bhumi fuels change by identifying problems that are widespread globally and then scaling volunteer-driven solutions to local levels. Bhumi runs various civic and educational initiatives and programs with the help of volunteers and the involvement of various stakeholders, including corporates and local communities. Bhumi's volunteers educate and mentor children from orphanages, slums, and village community centres across the country to give them a better future, which benefits them as well as our country. The learning experience is mutual – the volunteers gain perspective and the experience to mould themselves into tomorrow’s leaders.


  • Education
  • Child & Youth Development

Sub Sectors

  • Civic Issues
  • Vocational Training
  • Youth
  • Informal Education
  • Formal Education
  • Scholarships
  • featured

Demographies Served

  • Youth
  • Children


Bhumi has enabled more than 33,000 volunteers who contribute 2,50,000 plus hours towards its social initiatives. Bhumi provides comprehensive educational support for over 25,000 underprivileged children across India to become better citizens of tomorrow. Bhumi also provides a platform for volunteers to take up causes linked to Sustainable Development Goals. Bhumi’s gamut of impact includes: 1. Creating community champions and environmentally conscious citizens 2. Evolving the urban slum communities to be self-sustaining units capable of identifying and rectifying issues within their system 3. Cultivating the path to finding opportunities and talent, curiosity, creativity, and confidence through talent development programs/events 4. Integrating socio-emotional learning into the school schedule as a critical component toward the child’s holistic development 5. Creating a platform to discover and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).


  • Ignite: Transformational Education

    It is a supplementary education programme for underprivileged children delivered during weekends by more than 2,000 trained volunteers. It supported 10,000 children in 2015 across 12 Indian cities. The programme consists of English, Mathematics, Science, Robotics, Computers, Dance, Arts, Sports, Mentoring, and Life skills support.

  • Catalyze: Transforming Citizenry

    It is a civic initiative for causes like animal welfare, community welfare, disability, environment, health, etc. It has engaged 10,000 regular volunteers each year in over 15 cities across India.

  • Right to Education Awareness

    Creates awareness among underprivileged families as to their fundamental rights to get their children educated. This helps poor children transform their lives and their community’s fortunes.

  • Seed Ball Programme

    Another volunteer-led programme is Its seed-ball initiative, wherein volunteers roll marble-sized balls of earth, each containing a seed. These balls can be dispersed by just randomly throwing them on vacant earth leading to germination of the seeds and gradual increase of green cover.

  • Shelter Homes Programme

    Trained volunteers provide classes over weekends to underprivileged children living in shelter homes.

    The classes feature a mix of academics and culture with sessions on English, Mathematics, Science, Robotics, Computers, Mentoring, Arts, Sports, and Life-Skills support besides talent festivals and competitions.

    To balance academics, activities like dance, arts and sports are also made an integral part of the curriculum.

  • Community Learning Centres

    Are centres run by volunteers picked up and trained from the local community itself. The tutors being from the local community, connect to parents and children more easily and can deliver academic classes more efficiently. The volunteers are supported by Bhumi through training them and skilling them to manage the community centre.

  • Socio-emotional Learning Programme

    To address the pressure and stress faced by school children, Bhumi conducts socio-emotional development programmes in schools. This programme features coaching on managing the self, establishing supporting relationships, taking caring decisions and also involves the teaching staff to create supportive spaces for learning and discussion.

  • School Improvement Programme

    This programme attempts to strengthen existing facilities in schools and also add them if required. It features school painting workshops, upgrading toilets and drinking water infrastructure, setting up libraries and playgrounds and supporting the school with teaching and learning aids.

  • Scholarships

    Bhumi is committed to ensuring that each child in need gets a fair chance at education, and no adversity should result in a child having to discontinue their education. Under the Scholarship Program, Bhumi provides scholarship support to children and youth to continue their education and pursue their dreams.

Impact Metrics

  • Children provided scholarships

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018 490
    • 2019 1649
    • 2020 3851
    • 2021 2031
  • Volunteering hours clocked

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2017 280229
    • 2018 274231
    • 2019 277617
    • 2020 250355
    • 2021 269753

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Prahalathan K

    Advisor & Co-Founder

  • Vaishnavi Srinivasan

    Executive Director

  • Ayyanar Elumalai



Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID
  • VO ID / Darpan ID
  • 12A


  • 80G

    DIT(E) No.2 (966)09-10

  • FCRA



Project Location


3/2, Karpaga Vinayagar Koil Street, Alandur

Offices in Cities


Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

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