About us

Kinderhilfswerk Society (KHW-India) is an Indian childcare and development organization. It is a part of an international concern for children at risk and is committed to working towards a better world for children and their communities.

All activities of KHW-India are directed towards ensuring a better world for all children. We believe that all developmental activity has to be sensitive to, and must address the needs of all children.

KHW-India is the Indian affiliate of Kinderhilfswerk Global Care, Germany, which presently serves in over twenty countries worldwide.

KHW-India’s present activities focus on:
• Safeguarding children
• Improving access to Quality Education, Training and Healthcare especially for vulnerable and at risk children including children with special needs.
• Early detection, correction, rehabilitation, training and employment for the Differently Abled, especially from the remote mountain villages of Uttarakhand and other vulnerable communities.
• Inclusive Disaster Mitigation Relief & Rehabilitation.

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Covid Relief



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Higher Education

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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.


A poverty free and just world where all children and their communities have equal opportunity and access to develop their full potential.


  • KHW-India believes in non-partisan, non-discriminatory, non-political social action based on the principles of equality and justice.
  • KHW-India believes in Gender Equality.
  • KHW-India respects community wisdom, participation and ownership.
  • KHW-India believes in integrity, transparency, stewardship and humility in all its actions.

KHW-India believes in collaboration and synergy to add value and optimize impact.


The purpose of KHW-India is to engage in Appropriate, Sustainable, Child Sensitive Social Action to empower children and their communities towards developing their full potential by

    • Striving to be sensitive to the voice, wisdom and participation of the
      community in the development process.
    • Striving for Universal, Inclusive, Quality – Education, Healthcare &
      Training for all children.
    • Striving towards mainstreaming, inclusion and a life of dignity and purpose for differently abled.
    • Striving to build disaster resilient communities and to provide timely, appropriate relief and rehabilitation to victims of natural & manmade disasters and human conflict.
    • Striving towards Synergistic Partnerships with like minded organizations and individuals.
    • Striving for inclusion of the differently abled in all programs of KHW-India.


Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities
for the underprivileged.