Paratwada is a province in central India and one of the poorest areas of the subcontinent.
If the children are orphaned, their relatives are usually not able to support them. They have to provide for themselves, living on the streets and often not surviving long - dying after a short time from malnutrition or diseases.
To change this situation, the Indian pastor, Dr Johannes Maliekal founded the Melghat Development Society (MDS) in 1995. He invested his entire private fortune in the construction of a children's social centre.
28 villages are served from this centre. This centre includes homes for the children, a plantation and some community rooms.
The 104 children (55 girls and 49 boys) currently live in the centre and receive regular meals, medical care and additional lessons there. In the school, which is about 2 km away, the children receive a regular school education.
Walter Wiese became aware of the project through a business contact with the vicar, Heinrich Bongard of the parish of St. Mary's Assumption in Jülich, which is responsible for coordination and fundraising in Germany. Since 2003, the WW-AC office has supported the association by planning and advising the various local building projects free of charge. Once a year, Walter Wiese travels to India (at his own expense) to personally inspect the construction work on site and to initiate the measures necessary. In Germany, Walter Wiese asks for donations for the project at every possible opportunity, 100% of which go to the cause without deduction of administrative or other costs. In the meantime, the project has been recognised by the Kindermissionswerk (Die Sternsinger) as a project partnership. This means that every euro collected for the MDS is subsidised by 30%. In this way, approx. 300,000 euros had been made available for the project by 2018.
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