Our Team

Chirappurathu John George

Director
Chirappurathu John George

Mr. George has been a passionate advocate in the social sector since his student days. With degrees in Philosophy and Law from the Pune University he has dedicated his life’s work towards creating wide range changes in human and children’s rights. After working with several notable organizations – Mr. George remains an active consultant in this sector and hopes to continue to protect children from abuse, exploitation and violence as a director of Help for Children in Need Foundation.

Ashok Gupte

Director
Ashok Gupte

Ashok Gupte is a leading Labour Law practitioner in Pune. Apart from working with industries and institutions Mr Gupte has been supporting many social development organisations in matters concerning labour legislations, compliances and human resources management in general. He always finds time within his very busy schedule to join the meetings of such organisations and to support them with his counsel and advice.

While working with some of these organisations and supporting them Mr Gupte has also recognized the importance of civil society engagement for the well-being of all children. He has also been appalled by the increasing cases of violence against children and their exploitation. He realizes the urgency of doing something against these and hence he is with Help for Children in Need Foundation.

Albert Recknagel

Director
Albert Recknagel

Albert Recknagel is a German citizen and has studied Geography with a focus on developing country research. After his studies he was co-founder of a research group which investigated the political and economic framework conditions in countries where liberation and independence movements had come to power. He has been a part of the international NGO terre des hommes for many years now, working on concrete projects for children’s rights – first as a Latin American consultant, later as head of the children’s rights department and since 2013 as programme director.

Mr. Recknagel is very happy to make his extensive intercultural and child rights knowledge available to HCNF. The participation of children and young people for the preservation of the natural environment and the safeguarding of their future rights are an important concern for him.

Ingrid Mendonca

Director
Ingrid Mendonca

Ms. Mendonca holds an MA in Social Work and an Mphil in Sociology. She has been active in the women’s development sector both – personally and professionally over 4 decades and is deeply passionate about children’s rights. Currently she leads the South Asia office of terre des hommes Germany and believes she can contribute towards a better world for children through the Help for Children in Need Foundation.