“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way“
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Marvin grew up in the small city of Offenburg in Southern Germany. After graduating from high-school he studied marketing at the University of Applied Science in Pforzheim.
During his Bachelor degree, Marvin took a semester abroad at “Gadjah Mada” University in Yogyakarta. It was his first journey to Indonesia but it was an informative one. As well as appreciating the beautiful landscape and diverse cultural differences, Marvin was also confronted with the reality of the poverty faced by a vast number of Indonesia’s population. This left a profound impression on Marvin and moved him to help the communities around him.
His first idea was to collect donations from family and friends on his return to Germany. With Aya’s help he found a suitable local aid organization to receive this funding in Yogyakarta. This early collaboration and the awareness of being able to do so much more good by establishing their own project, lead Marvin, Aya and Diederik to establish “Project Child Indonesia.”
With the help of loyal supporters, Marvin founded “Project Child Germany” at the beginning of 2014. “Project Child Germany” dedicates its work to establish new partnerships in order to support its sister organization in Indonesia.
For the last few years Marvin has been working part-time for the Indonesian branch of “Project Child” and has now turned “Project Child Germany” into his full-time job. As the director of “Project Child Germany,” his role is to maintain existing partnerships and develop new opportunities.
However, most of the year Marvin spends time at one of the project locations. It is a beach school called “Sekolah Pantai” in Pacitan. There he is not only functioning as representative of the German supporters but also helps the local Indonesian team and international interns implement additional programs and develop the organization further as a whole.
Marvin strongly believes that everyone can make a difference and “as we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” (Mary Anne Radmacher)