Gomathi & Dhamodharan

Gomathi got her M.Sc. and M.Phil in Physics from Madras University.  She is the founder of two Eureka Schools, and as their first principal, she established both schools as models for innovative teaching practice.  Gomathi has developed a large number of exciting experiments in Physics. Her award winning Science-in-a-Box experiment kit has been used in over 1200 schools.   Gomathi co-founded AhaGuru and is working on technology based education programs to create a deeper and wider impact on children’s math and science learning. Gomathi also teaches science to middle and high school students. Her science classes are filled with experiments and fun.  Students love her teaching techniques and her visual explanation of concepts.

Dhamodharan got his B.Sc. Botany and MA, M.Phil in Anthropology from Madras University. Has been part of AID India fulltime since 2000. A self-made first generation graduate from a poor dalit landless family in a remote village in Villupuram, Damodharan is a major source of inspiration for a lot of volunteers and children. Started AID INDIA work as a volunteer, taking classes for children in Taramani slum in Chennai. Since then, grew to take up several responsibilities in the organization over the years. As part of the core committee, have worked on building a large team, conceptualizing programs and taking them to large-scale, and developing a culture of research and evidence-based programs. AID India was awarded the Pratham 2006 Achievement Award for the reading program developed jointly by Damodharan and Chandra. Also involved in key decisions, problem-solving and organizational support work in both difficult and good times that AID INDIA has seen over the last 20 years. Now leading AID INDIA in ensuring our education and development programs reach more children and families in the coming years.

Dhamu, took up the entire operational coordination of AID INDIA, including programs, donor management, team building and creating organizational systems. At present leading and coordinating all of AID INDIA’s programs in education, relief and rehabilitation, integrated village development.

  • Eureka Homes: Started an initiative to build homes for the poorest people.  Many people lost their huts during the 2015 floods. Many others have been living in extremely dilapidated shelters – sometimes just under a cloth or a plastic sheet. We have selected poorest families from Irular, Adi Dravida and other most backward communities and built houses for them.
  • Eureka Superkidz Program: Built up a team of 80 full time people to work in conducting after-school classes in 150 villages, in 9 districts, impacting 6000 children. These centers focus on ensuring the basic minimum skills for the children from Classes 1 to 5 in Tamil, Mathematics and English.
  • Eureka Partnership Program: Building partnerships with NGOs working in the field of education, to adopt our methodology and getting them to focus on learning outcomes. Organizing Teacher Training programs for Teachers working in Government and Private Schools to improve their teaching methodologies and also making them understand the importance of focusing on outcomes instead of just “completing the syllabus”.