Childaid Network

Crèches for indigenous tribes


The tribal young – neglected in the mountains

Only 17 people per square kilometre live in the rainforests of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Two thirds of the inhabitants belong to local tribes that cultivate almost extinct languages, rare customs and religious believes. The isolated life in the foothills of the Himalayas is difficult. As everybody who can work is needed to till the soil, the youngest are often left behind alone in the villages.

Stimulation of talents of small children

It is a known fact that children before school age can learn fast and benefit measurably from care and attention. This is very important for their future development. However, in the mountains of Northeast India their potential talents waste away and the lack of food leads to malnutrition with detrimental impact on their development. Illnesses are overlooked or cannot be treated. 2 out of 5 children die before they turn five.

Crèches using Montessori pedagogy

The leaders of the Wancho-tribe in Arunachal Pradesh have recognized this problem and asked us to help provide day care for their children. Together with the village communities we have set up crèches in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Since 2011 we have used the Montessori educational concepts. During daytime we take care of more than 1,000 children between the ages three to six years. While playing they develop their senses and get a feeling for shapes, numbers and the alphabet – an ideal preparation for school. A warm lunch, regular washing and health checks are included in the educational activities. The young ones therefore enjoy a childhood free of hunger, loneliness and fear.

Project locations of the Village Community Crèches (Northeast India)

250 Euro
a month cover the expenses of one crèche. Sponsor a crèche now.


2017 Childaid Network supported:

7 crèches

Started for over

 200 children.

Since 2011 over

 3.000 children

have been supported and are now going to school.


Ownership of the village community

 Comprehensive educational concept

 Intensive stimulation of the children

Supervision and training of the teachers