History

 

Kinderhilfswerk Society (KHW-India) was formed as a consequence of the visit in 1975 of one Germany national, Hans Juergen Pechmann, to Rajpur, Dehradun, North India. He came to visit a Tibetan boy he supported through a Germany agency. His visit had a tremendous impact on him. On returning to Germany he got a group of his friends and church people together and challenged them to start an agency to support children. Thus Kinderhilfswerk Bergen was established in 1976 in Germany. Today the agency is called Kinderhilfswerk Global-Care and it has affiliates and partners in over 20 countries across 4 continents.

At the same time through Hans Juergen Pechmann’s inspiration a group of people got together informally in Dehradun North India setting up what was first know as the Child Care Training Centre (CCTC) and later formally incorporated as Kinderhilfswerk Society in the year 1982.

In the beginning KHW-India’s work focused on the following areas:

  • Training and income generation for poor women
  • Livelihood development (dairy, miniature bulb units, etc.)
  • Shelter
  • Curative health
  • Nutrition and education support to poor children
  • Debt relief for the poor

Later two small kindergartens were started. One in Rajpur to cater to the children from the slums along the Rispana river and another one in village Kandoli which was then a relatively underdeveloped, poor are with a significant schedules caste population.

In its formative years the work of KHW-India was headed by Mrs. Chamzes Wangmo, who selflessly and tirelessly served the organization until 2000. Hans Juergen Pechmann also took a very active and keen interest to develop the work until his retirement in 1987.