Marius, 11 year old,
Tdh beneficiary in Romania

"I would like to become a pilot, but I know that you need to get good grades and study a lot," says Marius, delighted by his visit to the Bucharest airport control tower during 'Takeover day'.

A flying success

Marius is one of twelve children. When his mother died, his father did what he could to continue to support his family, but the eldest still had to leave school to help him.

Marius and his brother are in the same class. Daniel is one year older, but had to repeat a year. The two boys almost dropped out of school but fortunately, they are part of several programmes run by Terre des hommes that take place after school and during the holidays. Their school grades have improved significantly. "It was amazing to see the progress they made in reading, writing and doing sums," recalls Claudia Dinca, the Tdh child protection assistant that followed them. Marius and Daniel are happy at school. They have made friends, have more self-confidence and are eager to share their daily progress.

During 'Takeover day', Marius became a ground traffic controller at Bucharest's largest airport. At just 11 years of age, he managed to help an aircraft arrive safely. "I would like to become a pilot, but I know that you need to get good grades and study a lot," says Marius, delighted by his visit to the airport control tower.