Monday, July 26, 2010

A small act of kindness

Thanks for this lovely story, Chandni:
When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor.
The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but can't afford to pay school fees. With the creation of Chris' fund, these students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship?
Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create.

The HUB is recruiting

Bombay HUB is recruiting!

Hello Friends!

We are currently looking for a dynamic and passionate person with
exceptional communication and event management skills to join our
hosting team at Bombay HUB.

Bombay HUB is a collaborative space for people with ideas and passion
for a radically better world to work out of, meet, connect, learn and

The HUB host role will be to coordinate and execute all HUB events and
deliver the HUB experience in a way that creates a culture of
collaboration, innovation and change. For full details of the role,
please see below job description.

Please email your CV (no longer than 2 pages) to along with a brief cover letter explaining
your motivation to work with us by 9th August 2010. Please state
'Applying for the HUB Host role' in the subject line of the email.

Please note: Applications without covering letter and with CVs longer
than 2 pages will not be taken into consideration. As per UnLtd
India's recruitment policy, only shortlisted candidates will be

Best wishes
Bombay HUB team




Position: HUB Host (Events)
Location: Mumbai, India
Position type: Full Time Salary
Deadline: 9th August 2010

About Bombay Hub

The Hub is a unique collaborative work space for people with ideas and
passion for a radically better world to work out of, meet, connect,
learn and grow.

The Hub sparks innovation by providing the following services and activities:
Hub Space offers shared work stations, hot desks, a meeting room,
workshop space, wireless internet, facilities for printing, copying,
faxing, scanning and a library.
Hub Connector hosts events, talks, exhibitions, and provides online
platforms to network and collaborate in order to strengthen the Hub
community and allow them to draw from each other's skills.
Hub Incubation builds skills through a range of trainings, workshops,
discussions, consultancies and exposure visits.

The Hub houses all the tools, resources and connections needed to
cultivate an idea with a social impact, launch a socially relevant
project and operate a social business.

The Hub is an initiative of UnLtd India, a foundation for start up
social entrepreneurs. You can read more about UnLtd India at

Roles and responsibilities

Your overall role will be to deliver the Hub experience in a way that
creates a culture of collaboration, innovation and change. Within
this, your specific responsibilities are as follows: (Please note that
some of these responsibilities will be carried out with other team

Building the community of Hub Members
Keep in tune with members' and their ideas/projects' needs
Liaise with the peer Host to organise dynamic events catering to members' needs
Building an attractive events program at the Hub
Creating a calendar of events that are diverse and attract potential members
Liaise with peer Host to ensure successful execution of the events
Design and execute a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy
Liaise with our designer to create communication material (online and
print material)
Publicise the communication material through appropriate channels
Proactively build strong relations with media (print and TV) to ensure
coverage of Hub events
Financial & Administration
Track the budget of the events and ensure that they meet the revenue targets
Record and update receipts, petty cash, budgets with regard to the events
Give inputs into the impact indicators, assessment tools and procedures
Assess the Hub events as per the agreed impact assessment procedures
Compile a report on delivery of Hub events and its impact
Give inputs into the overall strategy and design of Hub services
Support the Director in fundraising efforts as required
Support Host in delivering programmes in Hub as required

We are looking for the following set of skills, experience and qualities:

A shared enthusiasm for our purpose of creating spaces that spark
collaboration and innovation for change
At least two years of cumulative work experience of which at least a
year is with a non-profit or social enterprise
Excellent people skills – ability to connect with people from
different backgrounds including start ups, grass root level
organisations, independent professionals, corporate bodies and media
Competent offline and online communication skills
An ability to be up to date with the social sector
Enjoys planning and organising events with exceptional attention to detail
An ability to take initiative in a fast-growing, entrepreneurial environment
An ability to work well in high pressure situations
Basic financial skills such as invoicing and handling payments
Computer literate – using the web, basic IT skills including MS Office and excel
Fluent English & Hindi

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Appeal for help

Talwalkars' Gym  Trainer, Mr. Manish's mother has been diagnosed with cancer of the food canal to the stomach.  She is 55 years old and will be operated on 22nd July 2010 by Ds. Sultan Pradhan at Prince Ali khan Hospital, Mazagaon.  The cost of the surgery is mounting between 3-4 lakhs.
If you would like to help, please mail us in at

Monday, July 19, 2010

Exchange a book-Change a life (Mumbai)

Buying a book will not only increase your collection, it will also benefit an underprivileged person. 

15th to 25th July - Drop off your old books at Candies @ Mac Ronells (Bandra)

25th July - Toofles will hold the book exchange at Candies from 10 am to 7 pm. The entire collection of books...will be on display and you can pick up some great books at great prices.

While the book becomes a part of your collection, your money will help an accredited NGO. 

location Candies @ Mac Ronells
5AA Pali Hill, Near Learners Academy, Bandra
Mumbai, India

July 15 at 9:00am - July 25 at 10:00pm

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Report on Balaji Kharatmal

This report in from Dilnavaz:
Hi all,
I accompanied Balaji to meet Mr. Deepak Bhatia of the Taj Trust this morning. Mr. Bhatia asked him detailed questions regarding the 26/11 incident, his family demographics, income, etc. I had asked Balaji to get fee receipts for both his children and he also brought along their latest mark sheets and certificates from the school vouching that they were both students there. Mr. Bhatia said they would support the children's education, but was unhappy that Balaji's son Dipak had failed in 3 subjects (Hindi, Marathi, Social Sciences) in the 5th grade. He said they ask two things of parents whose children's education they support: 1. that attendance is at least 90% 2. that scores are acceptable--at least passing, preferably first class. He also asked whether a tuition teacher had been employed, to which Balaji replied in the affirmative.
I listed all of Balaji's expenses this year related to his children's schooling and Mr. Bhatia took a copy. The annual total comes to Rs. 6050/- for both children. Taj is willing to give Balaji a cheque for the amount. He needs to locate the uniform receipt and hand it over, he has given them the school fee receipts, but says the school doesn't give one for computer fees. He will also look into getting a monthly bus pass and let us and Taj know the amount. Mr. Bhatia needs the information before July 7th. Balaji was very intimidated by the security procedures employed at Oxford House, so I may need to collect the receipts from him and drop them off.
He also said that the govt. compensation received after 26/11 was divided between him and his siblings and he has invested his share. He appears to be doing okay. His job involves sweeping train compartments and filling water in the CPW dept. and he is currently on a night shift. Gets about Rs.10,000/- a month. His younger brother is now driving the autorickshaw he used to drive. The sisters' husbands seem to have found jobs and are living independently. His wife is not working. The daughter is doing okay at school but the son likes playing up. His leg does experience spasms occasionally, and hurts when he walks a lot, but otherwise he is doing better. The family seems okay, although I personally feel it can't be mentally healthy for the poor man to work daily where his mother was killed and he was maimed, but I suppose that's a minor consideration. It was good to see him back on his feet.
That's all for now.

Dilnavaz Bamboat