In Search of the Teachers Group
THE TVIND TEACHERS GROUP (TG) is a secretive international corporate body based in Mexico, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and Denmark, widely regarded as a political and non-religious cult.
Through subsidiaries in over 40 countries, it organises and controls numerous charities, educational institutions, recycling, environmental and volunteering organisations, and, via offshore tax havens, owns and runs important landholdings and businesses.
Among the self-described humanitarian charities it controls are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement Trust, UFF and DAPP and ADPP in sub-Saharan Africa. It owns the US used-clothes recycling company USAgain, food and furniture businesses, and is a wealthy landholder in the developing world.
Its charismatic founder, Amdi Petersen (that's him above, in 2003), and several other leaders are subject to prosecution for fraud and are wanted internationally by Interpol.
From the charity clothes drop-in box at the end of my London street, through exotic Caribbean tax havens to an extravagant and megalomaniac 'cult headquarters' in the Mexican desert, I will continue my long-running search for the truth about the ideology and finances of the Teachers Group 'empire'.
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Main photograph: Frede Farmand