Our Founders


Together with friends from around South India, we started IIDA with a unified vision: to serve the youth. Jochen visited India for the first time in 1969 on a business trip. Wanting to combine the trip with visits to an organisation that he was volunteering with back home in Germany. On his return back to Germany, he knew he had left his heart in India. Not only did he meet his future wife, but he knew he was called to work with the underprivileged youth.

1974 was an important year – as he both married Johshy as well as started a small carpentry workshop, training 7 youth from nearby slums. Johshy was not only a moral support to Jochen, but her experience working with orphaned children in homes, meant that her heart was there.

Our History

IIDA began in 1974 when Jochen Tewes and his team recognised that there were not many options for underprivileged youth -both in urban and rural India, to step into a dignified, quality life..

IIDA was one of the few organisations to first step into the gap of non-formal and formal industrial and skill training for underprivileged youth.

A spark turned into a flame and now IIDA is an established institution offering educational solutions to underprivileged youth in multiple locations across India – both through its own establishments and through franchise establiments.

When IIDA sees young men or women from destitute backgrounds, instead of seeing a hopeless situation, we see a wealth of potential and value for tomorrow’s world in each individual young person; we take it as a privilege to help them navigate to a brighter future.

The first fitters training with only hand tools in a thatched shed in 1974

Through holistic education, interpersonal care and a focus on personality development and gender equality, India’s underprivileged youth can flourish and blossom into positive agents of change and inspiration in their respective communities and ultimately, for the good our country.

Seeing ex-students of IIDA excelling, but more importantly, giving back, is the pride that we carry.