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Table of Contents

Slides 3-5 : Background

Slide 6 : Program Definition

Slide 7 : Why DnE

Slide 8-10 : Impact

Slide 11 : Experiences and Insights

Slide 12-13 : Innovation

Slide 14-16 : Training & Program Design

Slide 17-18 : Core Faculty

Slide 19-20 : Budgets

Slide 21-25 : BHUMI Overview

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In 2020 the average Indian will be only 29 years old,

compared with 37 in China and the US, 45 in West Europe and 48 in Japan.

Planned absorption of this youthful workforce will create a national advantage


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The Sobering Statistics…

  • 14.3 million children in labor.

  • Only 72.7% of the formally enrolled attend schools.

  • Only 60% children from government schools in class VI to VIII can read simple passages. Only 40% can do simple divisions.

  • Only 14.3% of students who complete secondary education join universities for graduation.

  • At this rate Millions of young Indians will reach maturity without acquiring the basic skills of literacyand numeracy…


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Poverty is the mother of crime.  ~Marcus Aurelius

  • Poor Infrastructure

    • Poor Education Standards

  • Dropout

  • Poverty Frustration

  • Envy AngerRiotsViolence

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


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    GroomingLeaders in a Mentoring Framework

    Needy children from


    backgrounds in city

    slums and rural


    University students/

    Young professionals

    who act as their

    mentors, role models

    and tutors


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    Mentors acts as a guiding light Keeping hope alive!

    Underprivileged children have dreams, but lack role models

    They have social and peer pressures

    Drugs, alcohol and other pressures

    No importance given to education

    Tutors provide extra support in studies

    If “study doubts” don’t accumulate, children will continue to study

    Failure and dropout rates will reduce

    Completion of 10th std opens opportunity for vocational training

    Remember the times when you were lost for

    Direction and a mentor helped steer you!

    • If you have your “Why” you will figure out the “how” ~ Dr. Victor Frankl

    • DnE is about keeping the “Why” alive, while enabling their “How”


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    • Attendance at school has improved by 50%

    • School enrollment has gone up by 20%

    • Pass percentages at Rasoolpura Government school have gone up from 13% to 34% at the end of first year and 46% at the end of second year

    • 100% continuing education among children passing from 10th standard

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    Emerging Role Models @ Rasoolpura

    • Sunitha has stayed in school despite pressures from relatives and elder brothers to get her married.

      • She has secured 73% in 10th class board exams

      • She is now enrolled in 11th class in a private college

      • She consistently secures 90% in internal tests

      • It is her dream to become a software engineer

    • Renamma worked part time to help her family meet ends. With the support from her mentors and tutors

      • She astonished her parents by securing 70% in Xth standard.

      • She now studies full time in a private college

      • Her dream is to be an engineer

    You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

    ~ James Froude


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    • Sai Kiran stayed through Std IX and Xth – despite difficulties in studies.

      • His father is a daily wage laborer on construction sites.

      • He is the first in his family to study this far.

      • He has secured 92% in 11th class board exams despite making transition from Telugu to English medium.

      • He dreams of being an Engineer.

    • Venkatesh used to serve tea at a small tea stall in the slum. He now studies in XIIth class full time

      • He puts in 12-14 hrs of study each day

      • Consistently scores 80% in internal tests.

      • He dreams of becoming an IPS officer one day.

      • His father rues not completing his education to this day,

    You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

    ~ James Froude


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    Experience & Insights

    Learning from previous cycles:


    • Mentors Training is critical to helping them succeed in their chosen role and to help them grow as people


    • Mentees’ need to be prepared

    • Mentee learning methods need to be innovative

    DnE 2007 Mentee Role play at Osmania University

    DnE 2008 Coaching the Coaches at Saptaparini


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    Provides Two Way Learning & Support

    ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’

    ~ African proverb

    • Support-system for Government School Children in academics and personal growth

    • Leadership and communication skills training and practice for mentors


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    Mentors work in one-on-one relationship with government school children.

    Tutors teach Math, Physics, Biology and English to batches of 8 children

    Tutors/Mentors are trained by 50 Coaches to succeed in mentoring government school children

    Leadership facilitators from across the country anchor the training program and enable reflective learning across levels.

    Coaches undergo training of trainers conducted by leadership facilitators to train, facilitate and monitor interactions of mentors - mentees.


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    leading to light

    Empowering mentors to transform lives of marginalized children

    The Vision of the program is to enable mentors and coaches to be leaders in service of government school children

    ‘We cannot hold a torch to light another's path

    without brightening our own.’

    ~ Ben Sweetland


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    Program Design

    • Day 1 to Day 3: Developing the Coaches.

      • Specific case studies and role plays which will develop the skills and attitudes and put coaches in touch with their being.

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    Program Design

    Day 4 and 5:

    • Panel discussion on mentoring and servant leadership

      • We propose to invite great leaders such as Mr. A. P. J. Kalam, Mr. Narayan Murthy, Mr. Azim Premjee, etc.

    • 20 plus facilitators will work with 50 coaches to facilitate learning for 1200 mentors

      • Application of the learning in working with the coaches. Through some live instances of the challenges that they encounter and how to tackle them as they work with under-privileged children.

      • The objective is to make a fundamental shift in their world view which sees light even in darkness and gives them skills and tools to make that shift.

    • Day 5: Consolidation with the coaches

      • Taking a stock of what has emerged and how to take it ahead.

    “Alone we stand as dreamers. Together we have the power to be enablers in service.”

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    Program Core Faculty

    • Kiran Gulrajani

      Founder CEO, Eternale Learning (www.eternalelearning.com). Having been in the field of awakening leadership for the last 12 years, Kiran includes a rich diversity of experience, insight and power in his work. ‘Leading to Light’ is an expression of his ability to synergistically draw together the best of facilitators and trainers, onto a common platform, in service of a social cause.

    • Dr. Pramod Tripathi

      Founder of ihealth (www.ihealth.co.in) a firm which facilitates an integrated approach to personal health and wellbeing. Armed with an MBBS, MBA, and Diplomas in Yoga and Ayurveda, Dr. Pramod has learnt from a variety of disciplines, including Siddha Samadhi Yoga, Reiki, NLP, and Vipassana. He has facilitated programs for over 75 corporates, including more than 7000 people, in the last 6 years.

    • Nithya Shanti (www.lovingsilence.org)

      After graduating from XLRI and working in the corporate world, Nithya Shanti chose to be a Buddhist monk for 6 years in the forest tradition of Therawada in Thailand. He brings a deep understanding of the nature of reality and profound meditation practice. His Hadayoli (Happiest day of your life) programs have deeply touched hundreds of people in India and abroad. He inspires people through his presence, energy and work to live happier, healthier and more awake lives.

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    • Sangeeta Bhagwat (www.soulspeakindia.com)

      Sangeeta is an author, healer and life coach. Well experienced with Emotional Freedom Techniques and other related modalities, Sangeeta specializes in helping leaders, trainers and facilitators, doctors, teachers and other such inspirers in actualizing their fullest potential.  Significant experience with coaching such catalysts of change has given her a specific understanding of challenges unique to their roles in personal life, career and society. 

    • A. Mujeeb Khan

      Founder of Bhumi (www.bhumi.in) and the prime mover behind this initiative. His intention is to positively transform and uplift the lives of tens of thousands of underprivileged children in the country. Bhumi has already demonstrated how this vision and inspired action has energized hundreds of citizens to make a meaningful contribution to society.

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    We are seeking an Investment

    of Rs. 52.69 Lakhs to support our work


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    Investment Opportunities


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    BHUMI is a “Center for Learning Leadership”fuelled by a vision to bring about large scale, holistic and sustainable transformation.

    We firmly believe large scale development requires good governance, which in turn needs competent, participatory and democratic leadership.


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    BHUMI’s Academic Domains

    • Democracy

      • RTI

      • Election Watch

    • Leadership

      • Leadership Center

        • Sarpanch Training

        • Certified Mentors

    • Human Excellence

      • MBA for SHG members

      • Wellness Workers Program


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    BHUMI’s Action Areas

    Action Research

    For Holistic Development & Transformation

    • Education

      • DnE Tutoring Mentoring Program

    • Livelihood

      • SHGs

    • Health care

      • Wellness Center

    • Water, Environment & Sanitation

    • Inspired Volunteering

    • Freedom under Construction

    • Osmania General Hospital – Sanitation Drive


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    BHUMI Foot Soldiers

    • We are 5 of us

    • Mujeeb – Founding President (Non Salaried Full-time employee for over an year)

    • Rakesh – Founding Director (Works two shifts – a day job at Oracle and evening shift at BHUMI)

    • PallaviRao – DnE Program Director (Non salaried Full-time employee for over 6 months)

    • Rajendra Prasad – DnE Team Leader (Works 12 hour shifts for Rs. 8k per month)

    • SaiVadlamani – DnE Team Leader (Works 12 hour shifts for Rs. 8k per month)

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    The Collective Dream

    TIME – 50,000 Hrs

    Each of us is a qualified professional with a cumulative experience of 24 years behind us, in a recessive job market we would be collectively worth Rs. 50 Lakhs per annum, we have been doing this for three full years

    MONEY – 24 Lakhs

    Supporting stipends of teachers, community mobilizers & field staff.

    Support from friends - Rs. 6 Lakhs

    Our Results Speak for our effort

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