|Dheena Bandhu has been working at Terre des Hommes in India for the last twenty five years.
“I am a trainer on field for anganwadis (rural child care centres in India) and primary schools. I supply school materials and sport equipment, encouraging practical learning through activities. My training for teachers and children focuses on holistic development that goes from physical and motor capacities to creative and emotional skills,” he says.
In his time with Terre des Hommes, Dheena has worked across eight states in India. Such in depth experience makes him a valued support for the MICA project in Jharkhand, India which aims to bring children out of work from mica mines.
“I love working with children, and that’s what makes me continue at Terre des Hommes” he says.
“I focus on providing early education interventions like the anganwadi. Our team focuses on making the learning environment colorful.”, he says. “For instance, for fifteen years in the village of Begna in Jharkhand, the anganwadi was shut down and being used as a home. A year ago, we set it up and now there is 100% school enrollment in the village”, he adds talking about a success story that is close to his heart.
Dheena’s day begins early in the morning with him first visiting the anganwadi centre, trains teachers, conducts games and talks to parents. Post that, he visits the primary school where he conducts activity learning with the teacher. In the evenings he attends School Management Committee meetings and oversees activities at the Children’s Club.
“What drives me at work is my time with the children. I believe it is important to ‘catch them young’. If we intervene in their lives earlier through education, we can create a healthy and prosperous future generation. Of Course, it is a challenge to convince people to change. But once they do, it gives me immense happiness and there’s no looking back from there", he says talking about what motivates him at work.