A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

1960s: Amdi Petersen founds radical commune in Odense, Denmark

1967-69: Petersen travels on hippie trail to India and twice around the world, conceives the idea of alternative school system

1969: First ‘Travelling Folk High School’ (DRH School) opens, Fanø Island, Denmark

1970: Inauguration of the ‘U Group’, precursor of the Teachers Group

1972: Det Nødvendige Seminarium [The Necessary Teacher Training College] opens, Tvind, Denmark

1977: Second hand clothes collections begin and UFF founded, Denmark.  Inauguration of Den Selvejende Institution Fælleseje [The Self-Governing Institution Communal Ownership], the Teachers Group’s trust fund.

1978: U-Group renamed Lærergruppen [The Teachers Group]

1979: Amdi Petersen goes ‘underground’ and is not seen in public for 22 years

1980: First DAPP ‘development associations’ launched, Africa

1982: First offshore accounts opened, Grand Cayman, and first property purchases in Caribbean

1983: Eight Tvind Teachers drowned on the sailing ship Activ, which sank during a storm in the North Sea

1984: Red House School charity opened, UK

1986: Fairbank, Cooper & Lyle (major offshore company) first registered as separate companies on Isle of Jersey; first school opened in USA

1987: Launch of Humana People-to-People charities in Europe, and of ‘Humanitarian Fund’

1988: Luxury sailing vessel ‘Butterfly McQueen’ purchased

1990: Critical report (Valdelin Report) published in Sweden

1991: Luxury penthouse at 5302 Fisher Island Drive, Miami, bought for Amdi Petersen’s use by Teachers Group Economy through offshore companies

1993: Guardian newspaper, London, publishes four-page investigation into Tvind

1994: Huge Brazilian farm, Fazenda Jatoba, bought by Teachers Group Economy through offshore companies for $7 million

1996: British Charity Commission places Humana UK into administrative receivership prior to closing it down. Humana France closed down by French authorities for tax offences

1997: Planet Aid Inc charity opens, USA

1998: ‘World headquarters’ for Humana People-to-People opened in Zimbabwe by President Robert Mugabe.   UK charities and schools permanently closed down by British authorities.

1999: Gaia Movement Trust registered in Switzerland.  Danish TV broadcasts critical documentary on Tvind.  Danish police launch money laundering investigation.

2000: Second luxury apartment bought on Fisher Island, Miami

2001: Police and tax authorities raid Tvind properties, Denmark.   Arrest warrants issued for Amdi Petersen and other Teachers Group leaders.

2002: Amdi Petersen detained at Los Angeles International Airport and extradited to Denmark for trial

2003: Fraud trial of Amdi Petersen and other Teachers Group leaders begins

2004-6: New offshore foundations registered for Planet Aid and Humana People-to-People in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

2004: US Department of Agriculture approves multi-million dollar food aid grants to Planet Aid Inc, despite being made aware of Teachers Group connections

2006: Danish lower court acquits defendants in Teachers Group trial of fraud and tax evasion, but public prosecutor announces appeal.  Five of six defendants secretly leave the country and go on the run

2007: Sixth defendant, Poul Jørgensen, convicted in Denmark of new fraud charges

2008: New Teachers Group headquarters opens near Ensenada, Mexico

2009: Defendant Marlene Gunst intercepted by British police at Heathrow airport and served with legal papers, then allowed to go free

2009-2015: Teachers Group expands in Africa, South America, India, China and South East Asia.  

2012: US Department of Agriculture authorises further $20 million grant in food aid to Planet Aid Inc under ‘Food for Education’ programme

2013: Legal proceedings against Amdi Petersen and others restarted, but defendants fail to appear.  At Denmark’s request, Interpol places Petersen and four other Teachers Group leaders on its ‘Red Notices’ list of wanted persons.

2013: New ‘Humana Foundation’ registered in Switzerland.  Teachers Group continues to expand.

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