in Europe

About us

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. Through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes, we provide assistance to over four million children and their families in more than 40 countries each year.

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 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.

Tdh work in Europe

In some countries in Europe, the fragile social and political context makes children particularly vulnerable. Through our regional projects, we aim to protect children who are victims or at risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation, affected by migration, or in conflict with the law.

In 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.

Key results in 2019

  • 67,564 children benefited from our services in Europe in 2019
  • 11,631 child protection professionals were trained in 2019
  • 6,882 parents received our support in 2019


Our programmes


Tdh supports countries in developing and strengthening comprehensive and well-coordinated child protection systems. We raise the capacities of actors working for the well-being of children and the protection of their rights. Regionally or locally, our projects favour the participation, empowerment and resilience of children and youth, particularly through mental health and psychosocial support interventions such as movement, games and sport activities and self-led art initiatives. We also mobilise communities and educate families to create safe and nurturing environments for children and youth.


Children in Europe are affected by migration in many ways. Whether they are on the move, returned to their home country or are left behind by migrating parents, we make sure that they are protected and treated equally. Our projects support integration and provide educational opportunities, as well as safe spaces where children can play and rest. Together with our partners, we help refugee children and their families with emergency assistance and information. Our team advocates for child-friendly migration policies on a European and international level, while empowering children and young people to claim their rights through participation in campaigns such as Destination Unknown.


We encourage states in Europe to provide effective access to justice for children in contact with the law. We support the implementation of non-custodial measures for children and of stronger procedural safeguards. With our partners, we promote the use of restorative justice processes in cases involving children, either as victims or suspects/offenders. Through innovative methodologies, we engage with children to ensure that we understand their views. At regional level, we facilitate the sharing of best practices and learning, awareness-raising and advocacy for child-friendly justice. We also support the creation of the Barnahus multi-disciplinary service that provides care for child victims and witnesses of violence and abuse.