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Creating a good start to life

As a family office, we want to play an active role in initiating and promoting social projects. We are specifically looking for contact with organisations or projects – at the regional, national and international levels.

Demonstrating solidarity – Taking responsibility

Our family has long been committed to the Philippines, India and Brazil. With the action group ‘Kinder in Not’ e.V. [‘Children in Need’], founded in 1983 by Gisela Wirtgen, we have been initiating and supporting projects around education, training and health for 34 years. Our goal is to foster sustainable, solid training that will empower girls and boys to earn a living for themselves and their families. The guiding principle of ‘helping others help themselves’ is paramount in this. Children and adolescents learn to take responsibility and to make their own, good decisions independently.


Over the years, the action group ‘Kinder in Not’ e. V. has launched more than 40 aid projects in these three countries and has fostered them with more than EUR 26 million in assistance to date. Long-term commitment is one of the basic principles of the action group. Buildings such as schools and hospitals are built or taken over and maintained over the long term.

As a rule, the group covers the entire path from pre-school to vocational training; from the children of the rubbish tips in Cebu City in the Philippines to the street children in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to children and adolescents with disabilities in Palamaner, India. At the St. Peter’s in Alegria in the Philippines alone, there are some 1,400 children and adolescents receiving schooling along with any needed medical care. Some EUR 500,000 are devoted to projects in education and health here every year.

‘Helping others help themselves is what drives us.’