Children in Need – Helping people help themselves

Charity group "Children in Need"

In 1983, Gisela Wirtgen - spouse to the company founder Reinhard Wirtgen - founded the "Children in Need" e.V. Charity group.

The trigger was the letter of a Philippinean priest who wrote that his school had burned down and that 270 pupils from extremely poor families could no longer attend classes. Gisela Wirtgen decided to travel to the Philippines to get a clear picture of the situation. That marked the birth of the "Children in Need" e.V. Charity group, the basic sentiment behind it being the desire to help children, adolescents and families in need.

Today it has grown into a non-profit organization that supports aid projects in the Philippines, India, and Brazil. The guiding principle is not to simply distribute donations, but rather to invest in long-term projects that will bring about a lasting improvement in the living conditions of the children supported and, if possible, their families.

“Children in Need” (“Kinder in Not” e.V.) Charity Group

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