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Leben durch Teilen - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe in Indien

Pfarrgasse 6
63322 Roedermark

Phone No.: +49 6074 960235
Fax No.: +49 6074 960241
Contact person: Claudia van der Beets


The relief organisation HANDinHAND was founded in 1992 by Elmar Jung and other like-minded people in Darmstadt , Germany. HANDinHAND-India was founded as a society in 2000. Our partner society in India oversees the projects on the ground..

HANDinHAND works according to three fundamental principles :
• Helping people to help themselves. Wherever possible, people should be helped in such a way that in future, they will be able to help themselves. There is an old saying that sums it up: ”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime“.
• Donations of money reach the intended recipients. Any money raised in Germany is passed on in full.
• Trust and bonds with India: the trusting relationship built up by intensive contact with India and the friendly connections with the people there are important concerns for us. This makes it transparent, who we are helping. Person-to-person relationships develop. ”Living by sharing“ remains our leitmotif.

• Family and home: we help low-caste families to renovate their houses, and for those whose huts have completely collapsed, we cooperate with the locals to rebuild their village,
• Health and Hygiene: we bear the costs of urgently needed operations for those whose social situation means they could not get help elsewhere. We help in cases of TB, polio, blindness, deaf-muteness and leprosy. We ensure that people without means receive medicines and health care. Since no-one can live without water, we help those in particular need by constructing wells. In this way, we provide the essentials for growth towards humane living conditions.
• Schools and education: the schooling and job training we provide do not only serve to reduce the shockingly high rate of illiteracy and unemployment. Our personal sponsorships also help individual young Indians from the slums, leprosy centres, orphanages and poor and castless farming communities to a decent life, by the development of their natural potential.
• Agriculture and manual work: individual poor families can learn specifically how to provide their families with food. This encourages independence and reduces migration into cities. Young single women and widows learn tailoring, sewing and weaving and sell their products on the market. We also give start-up money, so that which should continue to grow, does so.
• Bare survival: people who lie in the streets, search through garbage, street children trying to survive by begging – they don't have the strength to help themselves. Targeted one-off assistance can motivate them to find a way out of the downward spiral. We help individuals our of the mire, enable them to make a new start despite a seemingly hopeless situation. Thus people survive and regain courage.
• Organisation and Administration: new homepage.

Claudia van der Beets is the vice president and a founder member of HANDinHAND.

On request we can offer other net participants advice, give a presentation, and provide up-to-date information and contacts in the field of our work.


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