Kindernothilfe ( KNH ) is a charity organization and was founded in 1959 by a group of Christians in Duisburg , Germany, in order to help needy children in India. Over time, it has become one of the largest Christian organizations in Europe for children’s aid.

Today it supports more than 1.5 million children and young people in 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. KNH aims to give the world a better life in the poorest countries of the world. That means a basic school education and vocational training, a good nutrition and health care, as well as community-oriented support to the families of children.

KNH works together with partner organizations located abroad, usually churches, congregations or Christian organizations. However, the support of children is always granted irrespective of religion.

The head office is in Duisburg. Here, staff members and volunteers coordinate the work and carry out administrative, public and lobby work.



KNH is a registered charitable organization and a member of the Diaconic Services of the Evangelical Church in Germany. More than 90 percent of the work is financed by donations from 245,000 people who support Kindernothilfe. KNH heeds its Christian values ​​and responsibilities as reflected in the life of Jesus.

Child sponsorships

Child sponsorships is most important to help them become responsible for themselves.

Grants and subsidies

It also benefits from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and from the European Union as well as grants.

Seal of approval

Every year since 1992 Kindernothilfe has received the DZI seal of approval. [1] This is awarded by the German Central Institute for Social Affairs (DZI) to charity organizations that uses the money in a reliable, transparent and responsible manner.


Kindernothilfe started the Kindernothilfe Foundation in 1999. The chairman of the foundation committee is Dr. Norbert Blüm , a cabinet minister. The yields from the foundation capital of approx. 6.3 million Euro for directly into Kindernothilfe projects.

Kindernothilfe works on national and international levels by joining alliances, co-operating with networks and other organizations to achieve a global improvement of economic, social and political structural conditions. It participates in campaigns or initiates its own campaigns.

Kindernothilfe is above all committed to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which forms an important basis for its work. At the beginning of 2004, the ECOSOC is a member of the ECOSOC (ECOSOC) and provides guidance to the needs of children.

Alliances and campaigns

Kindernothilfe is a member of these alliances and campaigns:

  • Verband Entwicklungspolitik deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen ( VENRO ) / Association for Development Policy of German Non-Government Organizations [2]
  • Ecpat [3]
  • Kinderarbeit Forum / German Anti Child-Labor Forum
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  • Deutscher Initiativkreis für das Verbot von Landminen [5]
  • TransFair [6]
  • International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers [7]
  • German National Coalition for the Implementation of the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Action against AIDS Germany
  • Werkstatt Ökonomie (Workshop Economy)
  • Forum Menschenrechte (Forum Human Rights) [8]
  • Global campaign for Education [9]


  1. Jump up^ DZI
  2. Jump up^ VENRO: Mitglieder – Mitglieder-Datenbank
  3. Jump up^ Untitled Document
  4. Jump up^ – Entwicklung braucht Entschuldung
  5. Jump up^ Die Mitgliedsorganisationen
  6. Jump up^ | Mitglieder
  7. Jump up^ Über uns – Deutsche Koordination Kindersoldaten
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  9. Jump up^ Wer_Wir_Sind

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