in Europe

About us

Terre des hommes (Tdh), founded in 1960, is the leading Swiss child relief organisation. In 2020, Tdh reached 4.8 million children and members of their communities in 35 countries. Read our 2020 Annual Report.


Our vision

We aspire to a world where the rights of children, as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, are always respected.

A world in which children can thrive in safe environments and become agents of change they wish to see in their lives.

Our mission

  • We are committed to bringing meaningful and lasting change to the lives of children and young people.
  • We ensure the well-being of children and the effective application of their rights.
  • To make a difference, we focus on the areas of maternal and child health, children and youth migration, and access to justice.
  • We encourage the active participation of children and young people in order to empower them.
  • We advocate for the respect of children’s rights and support them in expressing their needs and interests.
  • We work in fragile and conflict settings, as well as in stable environments.


Terre des hommes in Europe

The fragile economic, social and political context in some countries in Europe makes children particularly vulnerable. Through our regional and national projects, we aim to protect children who are victims or at risk of abuse, those affected by migration, or in contact with the law. We focus our work in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, and Greece, while together with partners, we reach children in other 14 European countries. 

Key results in 2020

  • 39,610 children benefited from our care and services
  • 20,714 child protection professionals improved their knowledge and skills through our training
  • 6,579 parents received our support


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 young people, particularly through psychosocial support interventions such as movement, games and sport activities and self-led art initiatives using YouCreate methodology. We also mobilise communities and educate families to create safe and nurturing environments for children and young people.


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.

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