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Active in Kosovo since 2000, Terre des hommes (Tdh) runs a project to better protect children against abuse, neglect, violence, delinquency, exploitation and trafficking. In 2013, 1’407 people benefited from the activities implemented.
Kosovo declared itself independent in 2008. As it is not yet internationally recognized, the situation among ethnic groups remains tense and difficult to manage. The political climate has impacted the economic and social situation, with widespread poverty and high unemployment rates leading to risks of trafficking and exploitation, children being the most vulnerable group. It concerns especially children from RAE (Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian) communities who often do not access or drop out of school early and live on begging. Children from Albania also cross the border to beg on the streets in Kosovo’s cities. The problems faced by the children are numerous. Yet, their protection is not yet seen as a priority by the authorities.

Our intervention
Stengthening the child protection system – Tdh is developing a child protection network in 6 municipalities to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect.
Inclusion of minorities – Tdh is working towards inclusion and the improvement of the living conditions of RAE communities, who are particularly vulnerable, through access to education, training and employment.
The protection of migrant children -The Mario project aims to protect children on the move and
improve the well-being of migrants thanks to high quality services which ensure their protection. The children are actively involved in this process.

2013 Results
• 191 child protection professionals have been trained.
• Tdh has strengthened the organisational offices in 11 municipalities which are now able look after vulnerable children.
• In this way, 250 children subjected to abuse, exploitation and trafficking have been looked after.
• Tdh established afterschool classes, prevention and psycho-social activities and community work to facilitate the reintegration of children on the
move and in street situations and from poor families.
• Finally, efforts are made to institutionalize the different models to ensure sustainability.

Life after the street - the story of Natia*
Natia (name changed) is 12 years old; she lives near Gjakova with her mother, her brother and his family (his wife and their two daughters). Social workers met Natia when she was begging on the street to help feed the family. The long job of persuasion, with the help of psychologists, enabled Natia’s family to understand the importance of schooling for a girl of her age. Tdh supported her during her school integration, indispensable before social integration, and also provided the family with food for a year to help fight their poverty. Natia* took part in activities for prevention such as the summer camps organised by Tdh. “At the beginning I had trouble in adapting, everything was so new to me… but now I’m very happy to go to school, I've made lots of friends and my teacher is very nice to me. The school is a long way from home, but I make sure I can go regularly. Later on, I would love to become a policewoman so I can help and protect people in need.”
Two years have passed since Natia went begging on the streets. Her life has completely changed thanks to
the support of Tdh.
*Assumed name and photo