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With over 117 million people, Ethiopia is the second most populous nation in Africa after Nigeria and the fastest growing economy in the Eastern Africa region. However, it is also one of the low income countries, with a per capita income of $ 855. 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. 

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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.


Humanitarian Background

An estimated 23.8 million people will need humanitarian assistance in the second quarter of 2021. Around 4.86 million face ‘extreme and catastrophic’ humanitarian conditions due to ongoing conflict, desert locust invasion, recurrent climate shock such as floods and drought, and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are amongst the groups that are hardest hit by the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. Oromia, Tigray, Amhara, Somali, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region hosts the highest number of people in need.

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.

Humanitarian Action

Terre des Hommes supports vulnerable Internally Displaced People who flee their homes and host communities. 

Recently Terre des Hommes supported 300 vulnerable children and their families with hygiene kits to prevent COVID-19 in Lay Armachiho, North Gondar zone, Amhara region. 

At national level, Terre des Hommes is an active member of Child protection and Gender Based Violence area of responsibility while at the regional level Terre des Hommes actively engages with the emergency coordination task force.   

Our humanitarian work is funded by the generous support of foundations in the Netherlands.

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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.

Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association
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Mahibere Hiwot for Social Development
Network of Ethiopian Women Association
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