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It is almost normal for children to leave home young in Ethiopia, especially in the country’s north. Seeking work, they move from poor rural areas to richer cities. The journey has many dangers. Unprotected, they are vulnerable to exploitation. Traffickers pick them up and sell them. They are forced to become house slaves or sexually exploited as prostitutes.  We take a stand against the exploitation of these child migrants. We offer them a safe place, education, information, medical care and legal help. Join our fight. 

Latest news

February 22nd, 2021

“I feel a sense of safety and security”

What makes a 15 year old girl from rural Ethiopia so desperate that she wants to try her luck in neighbouring…

October 8th, 2020

Treat every girl like your sister

For many girls, the walk between home and school is not safe. Girls are often subjected to sexual harassment a…

October 5th, 2020

East Africa prepares for a safe return to school

Teachers and school staff in East Africa are working hard to prepare their classrooms for the imminent return…

July 30th, 2020

East Africa: over 50 children trafficked despite COVID-19 movement restrictions

Child rights organisation Terre des Hommes Netherlands has seen child trafficking continuing in East Africa, d…

July 11th, 2020

A bad dream that turned good after all

“The plan was that I would find a job and attend night classes. That way I could still complete my education.”…

June 16th, 2020

Empowered to access justice through local structures

When 14 year old Woynshet from Ethiopia found out that her parents were planning to marry her off, she at firs…

Our work

Terre des Hommes works in Ethiopia with local partners to protect child migrants. These organizations know the country well. We mainly work in Amhara, in the North-West of the country.

With Children on the move we mainly focus on the routes where many child migrants travel. We offer them a safe place and help them to return home safely.


Child trafficking and prostitution

In the big city, girls are forced to work in prostitution at a young age. In bars, hotels, brothels and along the road.

Many rural children are sold by traders to work in the household. These child migrants are poorly protected. They often lead an invisible, dangerous existence.

Education and poverty reduction

Other projects are in northwestern Ethiopia. In the countryside, where many child migrants come from, we ensure that they do not have to leave.

We provide them with education. We educate the environment about the dangers of migration. And help families make more money. So that they can better protect their children.

We fight against unsafe child migration in Ethiopia. Join the fight.

Our programmes

Learn about our programmes

Our partners in Ethiopia

Together with experienced partners we are working towards a world without child exploitation, where young people can feel safe today and better about tomorrow. Join our fight.


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Mahibere Hiwot for Social Development

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