The momentous institute of the international federation of charities is in danger of collapse after its director, Helen Keller, died in a plane crash, according to an advisory from the Institute for the International Protection of Children and the Environment.
The institute has been at the centre of controversy since the start of the year after the charity was accused of “promoting child abuse and neglect” by the charity watchdog in France.
The watchdog in the UK said it would investigate the allegations against the charity.
The advisory, issued on Wednesday by the Institute of Charity and Charity Protection (ICP), states that Keller had been in an accident on Wednesday, which occurred while she was flying from Paris to Berlin.
The ICP also said it was considering the possibility of terminating Keller’s employment.
The organisation said Keller’s death was a “personal tragedy” that took place “in the course of her work as a director of the institute”.
Keller died of a heart attack while on a trip to the Czech Republic.
The ICP, founded in 1997 and headed by the late Jean Baudrillard, has received a reputation as the world’s most powerful watchdog over its work, with the organisation working on more than 30,000 cases of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The agency was recently given a $1bn bailout from the US, in part to save it from a potentially crippling financial crisis, which has caused its staff to leave the organisation.
It is also responsible for more than 40,000 children’s cases.
“The Institute of Children’s Protection, founded by Jean Baule in the 19th century, is one of the world of the most prominent and respected authorities in child protection,” said the ICP advisory.
We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this time.” “
Helen Keller, a great and exemplary humanitarian, is deeply loved by many and a cherished member of the Institute’s family.
We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this time.”
The Institute for Children’s Prevention and Protection (IPP) said it has been notified of the director’s death and has suspended the organisation’s board of directors.
It said it could not comment further as it was still “in touch with the family”.
The IPC has been in talks with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy in Vienna, but said the talks were still ongoing.
The charity watchdog’s board has not yet been named.