Mentors of Hope - Bihari More Education Project - NIT Durgapur
How a Short Film project turned into a Full-fledged mentoring programme for underprivileged children in Durgapur, known as “Bihari More Education Project”
In 2009, I made a short film with my friends for Microsoft Imagine Cup casting the local slum children of a location called ‘bihari more’, next to the Campus of National Institute of Technology Durgapur. The film theme was the use of technology & innovation in educating remote & underprivileged children. But children themselves being underprivileged provoked us to stand up for the children cause. This led us to conducting weekend teaching sessions for these kids at the local hanuman mandir. Gradually & unconsciously the project developed in an organised way, which is reflected in the performance & activities carried on by the children & volunteers in the project. Thus the project got its name, Bihari More Education Project a.k.a BMEP.
With a large influx of volunteers, BMEP also expanded to nearby locations of NIT Campus, touching child labour issue too at college hangout eateries with their “Caring For Jhoops Kids” Campaign. BMEP mentors around 76 children and has been featured on YourStory.com, UNICEF, Michigan Tech IMPACT Magazine, Axis Bank ‘My Idea of Progress’ and many more publications, the BMEP Volunteers Team still believe they have a long way to go.