Our Founders

Together with Leaders from South India, IIDA was started with a unified vision: to serve underprivileged youth to lead them into a transformed quality life. Jochen Tewes had visited India for the first time in 1969 and came again in 1972 on a business assignment. He then combined the visit with visits to organisations that he was already volunteering with through Inter-Mission Germany. On his return back to Germany, he knew he had left his heart in India. Not only did he feet a vocation to work with the underprivileged youth, but he also meets his future wife.

1974 was an important year – the year IIDA was registered as a Society on 17th March. In the same year, he married Johshy as well as started a small carpentry workshop, training 7 youth from orphanages of Inter-Mission. Johshy was not only moral support to Jochen, but her experience working with orphaned children in homes, meant that her heart was there.

Our History

After he drove by car to India in November 1973 along with Markus Egger, Jochen and 6 more dedicated leaders began establishing IIDA in 1974. This 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 establishments.

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.