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The story

The story behind Toe to Heart

In 2004 we started with a project that can be copied by anyone. You don’t have to be exceptional to do this. The hope we have is not on the 5 percent exceptional people who can do exceptional things but on the 95 percent normal people who can do normal things. Who can just give a bit of material and/or immaterial help, a bit of Toe and/or a bit of Heart. Everyone, even the exceptional among us, are able to do that.

Toe to Heart in 2006/2007

The story starts when...

Thomas van Berckel, a Dutchman, in August 2003 breaks the toenail of his big toe at Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bangalore. He goes to a small hospital and likes the nurse, Lalitha, who takes care of his toe. They stayed in touch and six months later, in February 2004 they married. Six months later, on 8 August, they founded Toe to Heart Trust Bangalore India. Toe to Heart has, with the help of many volunteers and donors, helped dozens of children to graduate up to PU2 levels with providing Toe (Small Material Help) and Heart (Small Immaterial help).

The information and pictures on this page will be extended at the end of January 2025 when Anno Huidekoper, a professional photographer, will come to Bangalore to make new pictures of the children/ young adults. In the past we have been helped by more good photographers like Wim Corbijn.