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Since March 2014, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine has claimed thousands of lives and has led to more than 1.6 million people being displaced. Currently, tens of thousands of children live in areas where the sound of shootings and bombs is a part of their reality. Many children find it difficult to cope with this situation and suffer from stress and anxiety. Terre des hommes (Tdh) provides psychosocial support and creates child-friendly spaces for them. We also train local professionals.

Our key results in 2018

  • 9000+ children and youth received psychosocial support in 2018
  • 277 teachers trained by Tdh carried out 2000+ psychosocial sessions
  • 113 child friendly spaces equipped with materials for psychosocial activities

What we do


One of the main needs of conflict-affected and displaced children and their families is psychosocial support. We provide this support by creating child-friendly spaces and training education specialists to better protect children. These spaces are set up in schools and creative centres, and we fully equip them with resources such as sport material, board games, books, stationery, furniture and multimedia. There, trained professionals carry out psychosocial activities that help children to reduce feelings of fear, isolation and depression, and to build confidence and a positive outlook on life. It also means local populations and displaced families have a place to meet and discuss, which improves their relationship.


The conflict in Ukraine has left many young people with grim prospects. In order to help them to overcome difficulties and improve their livelihood, we promote and support the development of life skills. We collaborate with vocational schools which receive laptops, projectors, screens, printers, books, board games, furniture and supplies for delivery of extracurricular activities. Local specialists who were trained by Tdh organise these activities that focus on cultivating teamwork and other life skills that also improve employment prospects for young people. In this context, a FabLab opened its doors in Eastern Ukraine in 2018, where children and youth come in contact with modern technologies that help them to explore their creativity and develop interest and skills.

Terre des hommes in Ukraine

Beneficiaries in 2018: 9176 people

Expatriate staff / National staff: 1 / 21

Supported by: Government of the Netherlands, UNICEF

Our story

2015 Terre des hommes starts its humanitarian aid mission in Ukraine, which included direct material (such as food parcels or direct cash support) and psychosocial support to families.
2017 The work in Ukraine transfers from humanitarian aid intervention to development.
2018 Tdh sets up child-friendly spaces and supports psychosocial activities in schools.
2018 A FabLab was established to encourage innovation and creativity by use of digital technologies.

The story of Pavlo, 14 years old, internally displaced child in Ukraine

Before the conflict, Pavlo* was good in school and loved athletics. But during the first months with his new classmates, he felt lonely and aggressive and could not play sports. Until the day his teacher invited him to the “ludoteka”.

Bringing a smile back to the children

Pavlo is a 14 year-old boy from Lugansk whose family moved to Kramatorsk last year. Before the ongoing conflict, Pavlo had good marks in school and was fond of athletics. The first months in his new school in Kramatorsk were very difficult and he was often angry, aggressive and fighting with his classmates. Being lonely and feeling out of place, his biggest fear was to not to be able to play sports any longer.

Pavlo's teacher invited him to come to the "ludoteka". The children of Pavlo's school called it "Hippopotamus". They felt that the image of a big, calm and kind animal illustrated best how they have been recovering and getting back to their respective lives: slowly but steadily. At the beginning, Pavlo's classmates were not very friendly but over time, he started to join creative games and finally became fully integrated into the school team and community. One day after class, Pavlo said to his teacher: "We need to finish every day like this. Thank you!" Pavlo practices sports again and has rebuilt a new comfort zone.

Terre des hommes has teamed up with teachers and psychologists in Kramatorsk - a small town in Eastern Ukraine, one of the epicenters of the ongoing conflict - to improve psychological and social support to children in communities hosting internally displaced people. Together they developed creative spaces for the children and called them "ludotekas".

* Not his real name