Fernweh is registered as a nonprofit organization under the Bachan Charitable Trust. The project began when Fernweh's founder, Poonam Rawat-Hahne, opened a women shelter with her family to support underprivileged women in the community. They soon realised that simply providing the shelter was not enough for the large number of young widows in the area, who often have 2-3 children. For cultural reasons, most cannot re-marry and do not have opportunities to work.
Poonam sat together with the underprivileged women, untouchable tribes and local communities and finally we came up with Fernweh Fair Travel as a way to create new opportunities in the community. After many years of training and creating programs, they have now started to receive guests.