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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 stay in touch and six months later, in February 2004 they marry. Six months later, on 8 August, they founded Toe to Heart Trust Bangalore India. Again almost 6 months later, on Indian Republics day, 26 January 2005 their daughter was born. One year later also Support Organization in the Netherlands ‘Stichting Toe to Heart Nederland’ was founded.

Now, in 2024 Toe to Heart has, with the help of many volunteers and donors, helped dozens of children to graduate. From 2024 onwards we start a new project on the country site in India (Home - Toe to Heart) and  with this website to connect with other small similar initiatives in other parts of the world and also to help everyone who wants to set up their own Toe to Heart project, by providing education and after school to underprivileged children. Vision is that everyone is able to give either small material aid (Toe) and immaterial aid (Heart) to children in need. Providing education is the best way to close the gap between the rich and the poor. 

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