It started half a century ago with a campaign to provide vocational training for young Brazilians. Today the Catholic social services association Kolping International is a worldwide network with some 400,000 members in more than 60 countries.
‘The needs of the times will teach you what to do.’ Some 160 years later, Aldoph Kolping’s personal motto still inspires the work of the social services association that bears his name. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, Kolping International is committed to promoting social justice worldwide. The aim of this Catholic organization is to encourage and support social justice, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia. At the heart of the association’s work are the groups called Kolping families. Most of them cooperate with Kolping families in Germany or other European partners. Their method is to ‘help people help themselves’, with a main focus on vocational training, agricultural development and micro-financing programs. The history of the Kolping families in Kenya and India illustrates the various facets of Kolping International’s work.