Our Team We are glad to introduce you our team! Anja Nielsen I have been part of Bandhab since I visited the Gono Kendra project in 2011. I was impressed by the amazing job the organization does for rural women, and I wanted to be a part of that. I have a special place in my heart for the country and its people, and I am happy to be able to contribute to improving the life for some of the most marginalized. Gunhild Skovmand Bangladesh is to me a land of contrasts. Extreme poverty, unbelievable wealth, colorful women, garbage along the roads, unfinished buildings, overwhelming care, hospitality, green paddy-fields, polluted rivers, conservatism and a wish for change. Amidst this “virvar”, the strongest impression is the poor people’s wish to learn and get new knowledge, and how little support is needed for them to change their life and give them influence in their families and together in the local community. Marianne Kemp Lindvad I visited Bangladesh for the first time in 1999 making a documentary for children. Since then I have revisited Bangladesh 14 times and made four documentaries from the country. In 2006 we were a group of Danish friends of Bangladesh who formed the friendship association “Bandhab” and established the Gono Kendra Project. I have paid several visits to the two rural areas where the project is running. In 2011 I made a documentary “They make dreams possible” on a similar Gono Kendra project in the Comilla area. Afif Hossain “I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” – Michel Foucault. I was fortunate enough to find Bandhab and Gono Kendra at the right time which is directing me to become “someone else”. Jarl Niclas Bojesen Jensen Jarl Niclas Bojesen Jensen has a background in the non-profit and international development sector. He is a graduate of the International Development and Management master’s programme at Lund University. Niclas joined Bandhab for the opportunity to work with both communications and project management. Kristina Høgh Nielsen Very impressed by the work of Bandhab within community organizing, I joined the board in early 2017. I hope to be able to contribute to the future efforts in Bangladesh with my masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship and know-how about development and social change from a Danish context. Elisabeth Beyer-Lauridsen Hammer The Gono Kendra project is an amazing project that really has shown a new way forward in womens empowerment. In Bandhab the focus is always to make sure that what the organization is doing is in the best interest for the people in rural Bangladesh. With the people in Bandhab, it is possible to get the best discussions, since people are very engaged and very qualified! Studying Social Entrepreneurship and Management in RUC, former teacher of the free schools of Denmark, I hope my knowledge of people and education can add some value to this organization. Vladas Cizas To me, Bandhab is a unique organization making a big difference for marginalized people in Bangladesh, and I am happy to be a part of this change. Our “Gono Kendra” project enables the processes of social and economic empowerment and helps to obtain the basic opportunities for poor Bangladeshis. Seeing a positive outcome of our project, it encourages you to work harder and look for new solutions. Raminta Sakinyte I have joined Bandhab due to the fortunate coincident to meet a study colleague and a friend from Bangladesh, Afif. That acquaintance let me to learn about the Gono Kendra project and inspired to write my master thesis about it. I and Afif spent six weeks traveling in Bangladesh, visiting the project areas and meeting the women who are part of the project. This trip was the journey of my life. I have experienced the reality that I did not know it still exists. Bangladesh is a county of contrasts, huge cities next to simple and primitive villages, millions of people with simple and beautiful hearts striving for the better life. I have gained and learnt so much by being there and I wish to give some back by being a member of Bandhab.