PANEL CALLS FOR “CLOSING THE CSR VISION GAP” AT TDH-DACHSER JOINT EVENT – By Satyajit Kar and Ruchika Jauhar

May 17, 2018 witnessed a first of its kind event for tdh Germany – India Programme, hosted with the gracious support and participation of Dachser India Ltd. A panel discussion on CSR, titled CSR 2.0: Creating Exponential Returns for Corporations and Society, was held at Hotel Mirage, Mumbai.

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Nathanial Priscilla joined tdhG-IP three months ago. She shares her experience.

I joined tdh Germany – India Programme as a Programme Coordinator just three months ago. If I was to summarize my first impression, I feel I am at a place whose rallying call is “Not in words, but in action!” The professionalism and commitment demonstrated by the team is tremendous, and the focus towards the organization’s goals is clear. 

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“It gives me immense pleasure to see the joy on the faces of children as they play.” – Chandan

After a few years in social work, I was looking to join an organization with a healthy, democratic culture and a horizontal hierarchical environment, where both the organization and I would benefit. Tdh has proved to be just that in the year or so I’ve been here.

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“I dream of seeing toys and books in children’s hands” – Ritu, Northern Zone

I complete two years with tdh very soon, a time rich with experiences and learnings. I was born in Delhi and have spent four decades here, visiting pretty much every part of this vast city. Over the years, I’ve seen children begging outside temples, selling flowers and magazines at traffic signals, serving tea and food items and washing dishes at roadside hotels.

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How Renu Kumari fought child marriage in rural Jharkand to follow her dreams

Nearly 40% of 17-year old Renu Kumari’s home state Jharkhand lives below the poverty line. Economic hardship drives parents to marry their daughters as children, believing marriage is the endgame anyway  and doing so early means one less mouth to feed.

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Giridih girls shine at football through tdh supported Equal Opportunities to Play

Discrimination against the girl child occurs in every strata of society – rich or poor – but is more visible in poverty stricken families. A girl is frequently force-fitted into a culturally defined role, be it at home or outside.

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Cecilie Sircar – Lake Gardens women and Children Development Center

“Lake Gardens women and Children Development Center has been associated with TdH Germany India program since the past 18 years. Through all these years LGWCDC has got tremendous support from TdH not only by way of funds but also guidance on how to best achieve our goals. We are grateful to TdH for being by our side constantly.”

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Bharti Ali – Co-Director, Haq Centre for Child Rights

“Tdh is one of those few international NGOs who genuinely believe in learning together and moving ahead. HAQ’s partnership with tdh (Germany) goes beyond projects. It’s the issue, the ideological basis and the approach that aligns us. We truly cherish this partnership.”

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Roshni K. Nugehalli – Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA)

“YUVA was formally established with support from tdh and since then we have continued to maintain a strong relationship over the years.

Tdh believes in investing in equal partnerships, and the staff are sensitive to developmental realities and cultivate a culture of mutual respect with partners. Their holistic approach to child rights ensures that strategies on the ground are responsive and outcome oriented.“

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Former child workers ensure food security through sustainable farming

A small-scale kitchen garden initiative, started by rescued child workers engaged in mining and other allied industries, soon transformed into a motivating case of sustainable farming. The boys and girls of the bridge school of SEEDS and Don Bosco today grow their own vegetables and fruits ensuring sustainable and within-reach food security.

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