Indo-German Help for Children (Regd.)

Deutsch-Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.

Lengsdorfer Hauptstrasse 44,  D-53127  Bonn / Germany

Activity Report

The 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 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.

Our Projects

1. Indo-German Home for Children, N.Panjampatti, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu

This Home was started in September 1997 for 40 children through our own funds and expanded in the second half of 1999 with the assistance of the German Government (BMZ). At present we have 80 children – 55 girls and 25 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. Six 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 Vegetble/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. The Director of the Dindigul Multipurpose Social Service Society, Dindigul is in charge of this Home.

2.  Indo-German Home for Childrene, 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 81 children – 59 Girls and 22 Boys as well as six Cottage Mothers, one Warden and one Watchman-cum-Gardner, who looks after the fruit & vegetable cultivation. The Warden, together with 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 last year 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 95 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.

4.  Holy Apostles Convent Babies Home,  St.Thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

In November 2000, we started supporting 15 children, who are living in their own families, for their education, under the supervision of HAC Chennai. The number has now been reduced to three, since others have finished their school studies and started working. We have also helped the Home to purchase a powerful automatic Generator to overcome the frequent electricity failures and consequent suffering of babies and small children for want of  proper ventilation. The Rooms where the babies are living/sleeping were also completely renovated and financial assistance is also being rendered for babies medical care.

5.  St.Joseph’s Rehabilitation Society for the Blind, Thomaiyarpuram/Dindigul

We are helping this Home from September 1999. 95 adults (all blind) and 40 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 the 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. 

In 2012, the building was renovated and a Computer / Printer was purchased through special donations.

6.  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 5th 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 three teachers between 09.30 and 16.30 hours. Midday meals is also being provided. One single person in Germany is supporting this project for the last many years.

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.

7. Residential Programme for School Dropouts at Nausar,  Uttarakhand

We started this Project in August 2004 with the goal to organise  residential  programmes for ten months at Nausar for young girls.  At present there are 23 girls in this Home. The girls who do not know to write 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.  

8. Residential Programme for Adolescent Girls in Amaria,  Uttar Pradesh

As in Nausar, in Amaria also 25 girls are being taught and trained to join school (6th to 8th standard), according to their age and intelligence. Two lady-teachers are helping the children in their studies. Like in Nausar, here also the girls are being taught in Hygiene, Empowerment, Tailoring, Cooking and Gardening. Both the projects in Amaria and Nausar are being maintained through donations.

9. 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.

During 2014 – 2015 term, in all  75  students are being trained in  four fields with the help of four Tutors – 19 in Carpentry, 20 in Electrical, 18 each in Computer and Tailoring.  All the courses are for one year. Besides, outside Resource Persons are being invited for giving special lectures. 

Because of the water problem, one 5,000 liters Sintex tank was purchased and installed this year and new pipeline/taps were also fixed. Besides, six doors have been replaced in different buildings.

The MIS  is recognised by the 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.

10. 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 equipments. 

Two different one-year courses are being conducted  for Girls – Computer Operator & Programming Assistant  and  Hospital Assistant. 20 girls are undergoing training in Computer Programming and 16 in Hospital Assistant Course under the supervision of two Lady-Tutors. This Centre is recognised by both Tamil Nadu and Central Governments. The Director of Vallioor Multipurpose Social Service Socieve in Vallioor is in charge of this Centre.

11. 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 90 girls residing here at present and all of them are going to school in the same compound.   Since the School is only upto 10th standard, the girls will be kept in this Orphanage only till such time 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.

12. Mother Theresa Computer Centre, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu

This Centre was started in the January 2012.  All the required Computers, Tables, Chairs, etc. were bought through special donations. Also the existing building was completely renovated. Every year, on an average, more than 200 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.

13. St. Joseph’s and St. Theresa’s Homes, Nazareth, Pudukottai District, Tamil Nadu

50 boys and 85 girls from very 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. The Director of TMSSS is in charge of these two Homes.


Besides the above existing projects, we have also financed 15 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 chindren 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.

Contact Address

Doraswamy SRIDHARAN, President
Margret  SRIDHARAN,  Vice-President
Deutsch-Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.

Lengsdorfer Hauptstrasse  44
53127 Bonn

Tel.: +49 – 228 – 25 67 10
Fax: +49 – 228 – 256719

Bank Account

Deutsch-Indische Kinderhilfe e.V.

IBAN:  DE64 3816 0220 6200 7620 19
VR – Bank Bonn eG
Bonn - Germany


Board  Members

Doraswamy Sridharan (President), Margret Sridharan (Vice-President), Marlene Roerig (Treasurer), Andrea Krumm (Correspondent),
Members: Klaus Berghausen, Dr. Reimar Heucher, Arulandu Paulraj , Eckard Schadebrodt.


Bonn, February 2015