Meet interns Haady Taslim and Marianne Wouda - Part IV
Haady Taslim: Here to make a positive contribution - not to judge
Haady Taslim, a 24-year-old intern, is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and knew that India is a land where there is always a buzz.
“Let me tell you, if I get the time, I am going to see a few Bollywood movies in the theatre even though people might advise me against it,” he says. Top priority for Haady, however, is to work in India as a UNICEF intern.
Going to the interiors of Tamil Nadu is something Haady cannot wait for. He will be working on early childhood and infant feeding practices. He knows the cultural and language barriers are something which he has to overcome in order to interact with the people at a comfortable level.
But ask him about what exactly he expects to do, and he has the answers: I am here to make a positive contribution, not to judge or impose our views,” he says. “I would like to tell the people how UNICEF can best make an impact on their lives.” Like many other interns, Haady is very keen to return to India. “I know we are here as interns. But I would have no hesitation in coming back to work in India after completing my education.”
Marianne Wouda: On-field is the best experience
After studying Masters in Social Psychology, Marianne moved to Dublin. “I am still unemployed,” she says, and thinks the chance to visit India has come at a great time. She has dealt with development subjects and has an “overall picture of India.”
Marianne is honest when she says she does not know much about child labour. “I think as an intern working with UNICEF and having a Masters degree, I can learn a lot. This experience will help both me and the UNICEF as I could give them more inputs and fresh ideas,” says
Like many others from abroad, Marianne is aware that the heat in Hyderabad and local conditions will pose huge challenges to her. “I think I just have to be ready for all this. It has taken some effort to get here,” she says.
She has already familiarized herself with the group she is going to be working with. “Maybe when I am back in New Delhi after ten weeks, I can tell you a lot more.”