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Over 40% of Romania’s population is exposed to poverty and social exclusion. There is also a large gap in living and social standards between rural and urban areas. Moreover, children from marginalised communities such as Roma often face discrimination. To prevent violations of children’s rights and better assist child victims, we strengthen the child protection system and improve opportunities for underprivileged children and their families. We are specialised in community integrated services, child and youth participation, social inclusion, and psychosocial support.

Our key results in 2018

  • 9500 children benefited from all our services in 2018
  • 5130 children engaged in our psychosocial activities in 2018
  • 54 communities improved their education, social, and health services for children in 2018

What we do


Tdh takes a coherent set of actions to protect children against abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We mobilise communities to prevent risk situations and train social workers, teachers and other professionals to better protect children. Building the resilience of children and youth, and ensuring their participation in decision-making are key elements of our work. To improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Romania, we invest in education, health, and social services and infrastructure.


In Romania, children are affected by migration in various ways: children migrate together with their parents, or are left behind by them; other children are returning home or coming to Romania from war-torn countries. Together with our partners, we ensure the enrolment of Roma migrant children in the education system of the countries where they move to. To facilitate the integration of refugee children in Romania, we engage them in educational, social, and sports activities, and connect them to local youth.


Terre des hommes actively pleads for an efficient juvenile justice system, where young people are not deprived of their liberty. Tdh’s juvenile justice programme in Romania is developing specific methodologies and tools for professionals who work with children in conflict with the law. The goal is to develop friendly practices for children and to offer them programmes with an emphasis on improved mental health and resilience. We raise awareness in order to prevent and combat public misconceptions about youth and children in conflict with the law.

Terre des hommes in Romania

Beneficiaries in 2018: 12,142 people

Expatriate / local employees: 1 / 19

Supported by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), EuropeAid, European Commission, Canton of Geneva, Oak Foundation, Austrian Development Cooperation

Our story

1992 Start of Terre des hommes' work in Romania to protect the most vulnerable children. We offer social and financial support for mothers in difficulty to prevent child abandonment.

1997 Launch of a programme to protect and reintegrate children in conflict with the law by providing legal and social aid, and training for child welfare professionals.

2000 Beginning of a partnership to promote the respect of the rights of children with HIV.

2005 Legislative changes in Romania allowing Tdh to provide child protection training to key players belonging to national institutions. Romania also becomes part of our regional project to fight child trafficking in Eastern Europe.

2012 Launching of TakeOver Day in Romania, which takes place yearly in November. Until 2018, more than 20.000 children participated in the event, taking over more than 100 different jobs.

2013 Start of a six-year project working on Roma inclusion by improving access to education, health care, housing, and employment.

2017 Tdh opened an office in Bacau County, one of the poorest regions in Europe, and started to improve the education, health, and social services and infrastructure there.

2018 Tdh implemented eleven projects supporting rural communities in Dolj, Gorj, Olt, Bacau benefiting children and youth.