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Laughing children in Malawi. (Source: Jakob Studnar)

About us

Kindernothilfe (German for "Supporting children in need") was founded in Germany in 1959 as a Christian organisation to support vulnerable and marginalized children and youth to develop their full potentials. Kindernothilfe Austria was founded in 1996, followed by Kindernothilfe Switzerland in 2004 and Kindernothilfe Luxembourg in 2009.

We partner with local non-governmental organisations to implement 783 projects in 31 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean; most of them are faith-based and ecumenically Christian.

Kindernothilfe’s global head office is located in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with coordination structures in nearly all partner countries. Projects and programs are mainly funded through private donations (approx. 90% from individual donors and 10% from public and institutional donors).

Today, we rank among the largest NGOs for development cooperation in Germany. Our work is supported by about 313,100 donors and 1,000 volunteers. In recognition of our responsible use of donations, we have received the DZI donations seal of approval on an annual basis since 1992. Within the scope of the Transparency Award of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Germany, we have been honoured numerous times for our high-quality and transparent reporting.

Our origin and our objectives

Our origin and our objectives

For over 50 years we have worked as a Christian children’s relief organisation to help support children in need and champion their rights worldwide.

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Our members, organs and structures

Our members, organs and structures

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Our in-country coordination structures

Our in-country coordination structures

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