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22.04.2014 - News

Mai Groth, a warm-hearted Tdh employee

Assistance for development: a vocation

Already as an adolescent, Mai Groth was convinced of one day being able to bring her own contribution to the field of development. With child protection as her priority, she wanted to advance equality opportunities. With a Swiss-German mother and Vietnamese father, Mai Groth did her first stint of volunteer work bringing aid to children on the streets in Vietnam.

In 2009 she joined the Terre des hommes Foundation. Currently Tdh’s deputy national director in Sri Lanka, she is running two projects there aimed at strengthening child protection. The first one concerns the improvement of reception and learning conditions for 3- to 5-year-olds in kindergartens, especially through training of staff and reinforcing management committees. The second project offers sport activities to children and teenagers, through which Tdh can pass on educational messages related to child protection. Important issues such as healthcare, violence or gender equality can thus be addressed. That project also allows promoting messages around solidarity, respect and team spirit, sporting values that can easily be transposed into daily life.

Between field work and office work, a busy timetable.

Mai Groth is in charge of ten local co-workers. In addition to managing the existing projects, Mai Groth performs a variety of administrative and communication tasks. Looking after our contact with donors, keeping in touch with the authorities, ensuring the smooth functioning of the projects and the financial flows: challenges to keep her very busy – but enthusiastic and fully committed, as well. She is fully dedicated to her mission of improving the living conditions of Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka remains severely undermined by the long years of civil warfare.

Terre des hommes brings about a positive change in the daily lives of over two million children and their families every year. Learn more about our projects in Sri Lanka.

(Source: Migros Magazine)