Who are we and what is our motivation?
Terra Varietas is a small organization in Vienna. We work voluntarily and support projects in Austria, Serbia and Uganda.
from left to right: Karina Schlögl-Hanel (Eventmanager), Dragana Ungurjanovic (Finance, Controlling), Dr. Susanne Körner (Vize-President), Ann-Kathrin Früh (President), Stefanie Wallner (execitive board member), Mag. Johann Kern (executive board member).
When the founder Ann-Kathrin Früh came back from a trip in 2008, she brought with her the desire to do something meaningful. Africa is a beautiful continent with breathtaking landscapes, impressive wilderness and friendly, open-minded people. But especially in Uganda one out of every ten children has lost his parents and the life expectancy is only 48 years. For a large part of the population everyday life is very difficult. Ann-Kathrin Früh wanted to contribute to the improvement of future perspectives in some of these children’s lives. Thus, Ann-Kathrin Früh founded the non-profit organization „Terra Varietas“ in Austria, in 2014.
Our members have different backgrounds, including a nurse, a lawyer, two sociologists, a cultural / social anthropologist, an entrepreneur, a special and curative pedagogue, a therapist and several teachers. We all work on a voluntary basis, passionately for the goals Terra Varietas is committed to.
Ann-Kathrin Früh – founder, chairlady and board member
After some time abroad and looking at different NGOs, Ann-Kathrin Früh decided to start her own small organization to provide direct and controlled help. „I was lucky enough to meet so many great people who accompany me today in the organization and support me energetically! We stand together – for each other!“
Dr. Susanne Körner – Vice-Chairlady and Board Member
Children and their needs play an important role in my life. I have my own practice for developmental diagnostics and development support of children and adolescents and I love my profession very much.
Through my work at Terra Varietas I would like to give children who have not had an easy life, the chance to find a safe place, stability, love and quality education.
Every child should perceive themselves as valuable and unique. Through a realistic self-image and a growing self-esteem feeling, every child and every teenager can walk a safe path to a good future!
My dream is that every young person understands that they can actively shape their life, be content with themselves and live in peace with other people and the environment. This is what I would like to ensure.
Dragana Ungurjanovic – Finance and Accounting, Member of the Executive Board
I love children very much and I like to see them grow. When children are happy, I feel happy as well. My childhood was protected and very beautiful and I think every child should be allowed to experience the same. Therefore, I would like to ensure that children´s needs are addressed. Bright and smiling faces are my goal. I have lived with my family in Vienna for over 12 years and first came as a student of the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. I am also a mother of a dear daughter.
Stefanie Wallner – Member of the Executive Board
I am a teacher at a school in Vienna and teach 10 – 14 year old children. Our everyday life is not always easy. But it is the small moments – a look, a smile, a nod or just a feeling – that make the work with children and adolescents special and unique. Such moments should be a right for every child and every young person – in short: for every human being. We want to feel secure, safe, and at home. This means the following for Terra Varietas: different and committed people create and support together great projects to enable children, adolescents and adults to enjoy life and bring a smile to their faces.
Mag. Hans Kern – Member of the Management Board
Every child on earth should have the possibility to have education so that a self-determined life is possible. It is also important that children grow up in an environment where they are well protected, where they are not afraid, and where they can be just children. My wish for all the children of this world is that they can grow up without war, violence, solitude, hunger and poverty. I also wish that through our project in Uganda, many children can have a good start into life.
Karina Schlögl-Hanel – event organization, coordination of charity events
I am a mother and cranio-sacral therapist. This allows me to accompany people from the embryo to their adulthood. I feel again and again how important it is that children are seen, perceived and loved as a unique individuals. Only in this way, they can develop their strengths, and become happy and fulfilled people. I would like to contribute to this and therefore support Terra Varietas.
Victor Carlos R. Salazar
I am Mexican and study Romance and English Studies at the University of Vienna. Besides, I work in a private school.
I work for Terra Varietas because I think that every child in the world should have the opportunity for a better future, and I would like to achieve that for the children in Africa.
I have worked as a volunteer for various projects and educational programs for children and teenagers, as well as for the Salesian project Don Bosco in Tijuana, Mexico.
It was an experience that changed my life and motivated me to work for children and young people!
Libia Constanza Cano
Working with children and people in need is both inspiring and heart-warming. As an English and Spanish teacher, I have been able to experience first-hand how nurturing, care, respect, and faith in kids’ processes can foster a better life with plenty of opportunities for them and those around.
I am convinced that only when younger generations are properly guided and protected, our society can thrive and aim at a better future.