Indo–German Help for Children (Regd.)
Deutsch–Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.
Lengsdorfer Hauptstrasse 44, D–53127 Bonn / Germany
Indo-German Help for Children (IGHC) was established on 08 May 1995 and is registered with the District Court, Bonn / Germany (No. 6979). IGHC has been recognised by the German Government (BMZ) as well as by the German Tax Office Bonn (No. 206/5855/0697) as Charity Institution. The amounts donated for the Association are tax-free in Germany.
The main aims of IGHC are: Useful help for Children and Youths in India; provide accommodation for needy children in Children’s Villages with family atmosphere or in Homes and give them proper education according to their capacity. Help children without high school studies by giving Vocational Training in different fields; Find genuine and estimable sponsorships for the children and youths in Children Villages and Homes; Promote self-help income projects; Help to promote worthy social projects of the Indian Partners.
IGHC has no Administrative Expenses. Each and every Cent donated will be spent in full for the benefit of the children in India who are in need of help.
You can help us by taking a Sponsorship for a Child at Euro 20.00 per month, become a Member of IGHC (Active-Member with Voting rights or Patron-Member without Voting rights) at Euro 30.00 per year or Donate any amount for our various Projects.
1. Indo-German Home for Children, N.Panjampatti, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu
This Home was started in September 1997 with 4 houses for 40 children through our own funds and expanded in the second half of 1999 with the assistance of the German Government (BMZ) by another 4 houses. At present we have 70 children – 53 girls and 17 boys. All the girls and boys upto 10 years of age are living in eight Houses and elderly boys in two houses separated by a compound wall as per Government regulations. Five Cottage Mothers are looking after them. Besides, there is a Warden-cum-Social Worker, who supervises the day-to-day work and helps the children, together with couple of Cottage Mothers, in their home work. There is also a Community Hall for Studies, Cultural and Festive functions as well as a Playground. One Watchman-cum-Gardner is in charge of Security and Vegetable / Fruit Garden. All children are attending various Schools. Experts from Childline Organisation and DMSSS Family Counselling Centre are teaching the children and cottage mothers on child labour, hygiene, discipline, children / women rights, family life, general knowledge, etc. on a regular basis. We are supporting this Home through donations and German sponsorships. All the buildings were freshly painted in April 2018. The Director of the Dindigul Multipurpose Social Service Society, Dindigul is in charge of this Home.
2. Indo-German Home for Children, Kalanthapanai, Tirunelveli Dist. Tamil Nadu
This Home was started in June 2002 for 40 children with the assistance of the German Government (BMZ) and expanded in October 2004 with our own funds. Here we have eight houses, one community hall, fairly big playground as well as vegetable and fruit garden. The Community hall is being utilised for studies and cultural activities. At present there are 73 children – 61 Girls and 12 Boys as well as five Cottage Mothers, one Warden and one Watchman-cum-Gardner, who looks after the fruit & vegetable cultivation. The Warden and two Cottage Mothers are helping the children in their studies and homework. This Home is also being maintained through sponsorships and donations. The Director of Vallioor Multipurpose Social Service Society is in charge of this Home.
Here also, as per Government regulations, we have to separate boys and girls in different houses with compound wall in between. Fortunately, next to our Home, there is another Orphanage with 20 boys and 23 girls, also supported by a German organisation. We spoke to the sponsors of the Orphanage and they gladly agreed to send their girls to our Home and accommodate our boys in theirs. The exchange took place in the beginning of 2012 and the new procedure is working quite well.
3. John Bossan Home, SJCI, Adaikalapuram, Tuticorin District, Tamil Nadu
We started supporting children in this Orphanage from the beginning of 2000. In January 2002, together with the generous help of Hilfswerk Indian e.V. in Filderstadt / Stuttgart one big House and Playground were newly constructed, three other Houses were totally renovated. At present there are 90 children and we are supporting this project through donations and sponsorships. All of them are attending the School in the same compound. The Director of St. Joseph’s Charity Institute in Adaikalapuram is in charge of this Orphanage. SJCI is also functioning as Adoption Agency within India as well as to foreign countries.
4. St.Joseph’s Rehabilitation Society for the Blind, Thomaiyarpuram / Dindigul
We are helping this Home from September 1999. 95 adults (all blind) and 48 children (all healthy) belong to this Home. We are supporting the children through sponsorships.
In March 2008 we also helped the Home financially to get ten old Weaving Machines repaired, so that 30 blind people (both ladies and gents) could learn weaving for one year, as a self-help programme, under the guidance of two Weaving Experts. This programme was discontinued at the end of 2017, since all the incumbents have undergone the training. We shall now be starting another programme – Wire Recanning Training – for 10 blind persons for 6 months which will enable them to learn the skill of recanning in all aspects and get employment in firms and offices. If the first course is successful, we hope to continue it further.
5. Non-formal Education Centre at Rag-Pickers Colony, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, N.India
In Haldwani Slums, the men work as Rickshaw-pullers, repairing Dolaks, Coolies and do other odd jobs. The women and children collect Rags and sell them in the market through middlemen. In July 2004, we started the non-formal education centre in the slum area itself for 30 children. The main aim was to prepare the children to get admission in 1st to 3rd standard, depending on their age and intelligence. At present there are 55 – both rag–pickers and street children – also from the neighbouring Villages. All of them are being taught by two teachers between 09.00 and 12.30 hours. Midday meals are also being provided.
The Director of Suchetna, Bareilly Diocesan Social Service Centre, Kathgodam, Nainital Dist. Is in charge of this as well as the following two Projects at Nausar and Amaria.
6. Residential Programme for Adolescent Girls in Amaria and Nausar
We started this Project in August 2004 with the goal to organise residential programmes for ten months for young girls from Nausar and Amaria. At present there are 29 girls from Nausar and 18 from Amaria in one Home at Amaria. The illeterate girls are kept in the hostel and taught initial alphabets. Those who attend school are being given evening tuition. At the same time, they also learn on Hygiene, Empowerment, Tailoring, Cooking and Gardening. This project is being maintained through donations.
7. Marine Industrial School, Ranganathapuram, Tamil Nadu
This school was started in August 2006 for the benefit of the youths in Tsunami-affected areas through special donations. The subjects being taught are: Carpentry & Wood Working, Electrical / Cable Wiring for Boys and Computer Software Technology, Tailoring / Embroidery / Knitting for the Girls. All the courses are for one year. For each course, admission will be for 20 trainees. Besides, outside Resource Persons are being invited for giving special lectures.
The MIS is recognised by Tamil Nadu Government and this helps the poor students to get themselves registered in the Employment Exchange as a Government-recognised technical student and thus getting priority in employment opportunities.
The Director of Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society is in charge of this School.
8. Little Flower Industrial Training Centre, Nanguneri, Tamil Nadu
This Centre was existing for some years but did not function properly for want of equipments and materials. Moreover, the buildings were in a shabby condition. Through one special donation, we were able to renovate both the houses and purchase twelve new Computers and other equipment in the middle of 2009.
Two different one-year courses are being conducted for Girls – Computer Operator & Programming Assistant and Hospital Assistant – under the supervision of two Lady-Tutors. This Centre is recognised by both Tamil Nadu and Central Government. The Director of Vallioor Multipurpose Social Service Society in Vallioor is in charge of this Centre.
9. St. Francis Assisi Orphanage, Kurusukuppam / Pondicherry
This Girl’s Orphanage building was severely damaged during Tsunami and the same was rebuilt by IGHC in 2005. There are 80 girls residing here at present and all of them are going to school in the same compound. Since this School is only upto 10th standard, the girls will be kept in this Orphanage only till they finish the 10th class. Thereafter, either they will go to some other Home or return to their Parents / Guardians. We are supporting this Orphanage through sponsorships and donations.
10. Mother Theresa Computer Centre, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
This Centre was started in January 2012. All the required Computers, Tables, Chairs, etc. were bought through special donations. Every year, on an average, more than 150 boys and girls from poor families are receiving basic training in computer operation. The Director of Dindigul Multipurpose Social Service Society is in charge of this Centre.
11. St. Joseph’s and St. Theresa’s Homes, Nazareth, Pudukottai District, Tamil Nadu
60 boys and 50 girls from poor families are living in these two Homes. All of them are being educated between III and XII standards in the nearby school. To improve the quality of their education, special coaching classes after the school hours are being arranged for English, Maths and Science subjects with the help of qualified teachers. Some of the girls are being taught in tailoring and knitting. While the boarding and lodging for the children are being looked after by Trichy Multipurpose Social Service Society, the IGHC is meeting the expenditure on evening tuition, school fees / books, uniforms, etc. through special donations since January 2012. The Director of TMSSS is in charge of these two Homes.
12. Ilanthalir Home for Children, Karungulam, Trichy
At present there are 40 girls between the age of 08 and 16 years staying in this home and studying. They are from many surrounding villages and come from a very poor background. This home is being looked after by two Franciscan Sisters of St. Thomas and two other staff. IGHC finances school fees, uniforms, medical expenses and transport to school. Expenditure for Boarding and Lodging is being met by the Trichy Multipurpose Social Service Society and through local contributions.
Besides the above existing projects, we have also financed 16 other completed programmes in North and South India during the last 20 years.
We would like to record our sincere thanks to all the Donors, Sponsor-Parents, Members and other well-wishers for their moral and financial support all these years, without which we would not have been able to achieve our goal to help the poor and needy children in India. Naturally, our thanks also goes to all the Indian Project Partners for their everlasting interest and enthusiasm in running our establishments in such a nice manner and taking the responsibility for looking after and educating all the children and youths with affection.
Dr. Reimar HEUCHER, President
Margret SRIDHARAN, Co–President
Deutsch–Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.
Lengsdorfer Hauptstrasse 44
D–53127 Bonn / Germany
Tel.: 0049 – 228 – 256710
Fax: 0049 – 228 – 256719
Deutsch–Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.
BIC (SWIFT–Code): GENODED1HBO
IBAN: DE64 3816 0220 6200 7620 19
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Dr. Reimar Heucher (President), Margret Sridharan (Co-President), Marlene Roerig (Treasurer), Andrea Krumm (Correspondent), Members : Daniela Mayer, Arulandu Paulraj, Michèle Rittmann and Uta Spork.
Bonn, May 2018