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Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Since 1960, Tdh has helped build a better future for deprived children and their communities, making an impact with innovative and sustainable solutions. Active in more than 45 countries, Tdh works with local and international partners to develop and implement field projects which improve the daily lives of over 4 million children and their relatives, in the domains of health, protection and emergency relief. This engagement is financed by individual and institutional support, with administrative costs kept to a minimum.

OBJECTIVES

Children are the first to suffer in times of war, natural disasters and as a result of poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We are focused on five main objectives:

  • Improving the health of children under the age of five and of children in need of specialised medical care
  • Protecting migrant children
  • Preventing child exploitation
  • Promoting restorative justice for children in conflict with the law
  • Providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in times of emergency and crisis

OUR PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS REVOLVE AROUND

  • Children’s rights and their best interests
  • Creating a strong local presence in close proximity to children, their families and communities
  • Establishing close cooperation with local bodies based on respect
  • Constant improvement and innovation
  • Enhancing heath and protection systems in the long term
  • Gaining recognition in Switzerland as a reliable organisation and source of financing

OUR CORE VALUES ARE

  • Courage: We strive to make brave choices and to act with conviction and determination.
  • Ambition: We aim to bring about positive, significant and lasting change in the lives of children and their communities.
  • Respect: We favour an honest, responsible and open approach based on cooperation and acceptance of diversity.
  • Commitment: We endeavour to act with humanity and professionalism with and around children, and to promote fairness and equality.

Children in Europe are particularly vulnerable in the current fragile social and political context. Since 2006, Tdh has been operating a regional coordination hub in Budapest, that implements regional projects and oversees activities across Europe. We focus our work in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, and Greece, while together with partners, we reach children in many more European countries. Through our projects, we aim to protect children who are victims or potential victims of abuse, trafficking and exploitation, those who are affected by migration, or are in contact with the law.

Our key results in Europe in 2018:

  • 46,320 children benefited from our services in Europe in 2018
  • 15,000 parents received our support
  • 4,893 child protection professionals were trained in 2018

 

What the regional office does

CHILD PROTECTION

We conduct research and create numerous opportunities for professional development in the field of child protection. The leading initiative in this regard is the Child Protection Hub that empowers thousands of child protection specialists to learn, advocate and collaborate together, with a common aim to positively impact the lives of children in Southeast Europe. We are also setting up a FabLab in Hungary, where disadvantaged groups will have access to tailor-made services. By using this innovative environment of creation and skill-building, various actors will interact and work together with disadvantaged children and youth to enable their integration and development.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN

Through research, training of professionals, raising awareness, and advocacy, we promote child-friendly practices in the juvenile justice system. Together with our partners, we encourage states to use alternative measures to detention and especially focus on diversion for arrested or suspected children. Being part of the PROMISE project and European Barnahus Movement, we support the creation of the Barnahus service that provides rapid access to justice and care for child victims and witnesses of violence. This model means that children can benefit from professional interviews and medical services, receive psychological support and therapy in a child-friendly setting.