Frequently asked questions

What does Terre des Hommes stand for?

Terre des Hommes is a children's charity founded in 1965 by a group of volunteers.

We prevent children from being exploited, take children away from exploitative situations and ensure that these children can develop in a safe environment. We always work together with local project partners, operating in 20 countries.


What does Terre des Hommes do?

Terre des Hommes stops the exploitation of children worldwide. We prevent children from being exploited, take children away from exploitative situations and ensure that these children can develop in a safe environment. Education plays an important role in achieving these objectives.

Terre des Hommes supports over 200 projects distributed across four continents in seventeen countries which are conceived, designed and implemented by local project partners. In other words: our projects are well adapted to the problems of the locals.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the foundation of our work. We offer help without distinction of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.


What is the position of Terre des Hommes regarding child labour?

Child labour is a term that can be interpreted in various ways. Therefore, different views exist in the public debate on child labour. Some organisations argue that all forms of child labor must be eradicated, while others believe that children have the right to work, provided this is done in good, proper conditions.

Terre des Hommes believes both visions are too radical. A unanimous ban on all types of work by children is not in line with reality, as millions of children worldwide need or want to work. Some forms of work are harmful to the development of a child, others are not. For example, there is a significant difference between a thirteen year old girl in India who spends an hour a day after school helping her mother with milking cows, and an equally old girl who works in a stone bakery for twelve hours a day. The latter is an unacceptable form of child labour because it harms the health and development of the girl.

Terre des Hommes aims at combating these unacceptable forms of child labour that harm the physical, moral and spiritual development of children. As defined by the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention 182, these are the worst forms of child labour.

Where does Terre des Hommes work?

Terre des Hommes is working in Europe, Asia and Africa. In these regions we have projects in 26 countries:

  • Europe: The Netherlands, Italy, Oekraine, Malta, Cyprus, Greece
  • Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Zimbabwe
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, The Philippines, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka

How does Terre des Hommes decide which projects to support?

All projects Terre des Hommes supports meet teh following criteria:

  • The projects focus directly or indirectly on children.
  • The organisation and execution of the project are always in the hands of a local organisation.
  • The project is consistent with the objective of Terre des Hommes: to stop child exploitation.
  • The project takes place in countries Terre des Hommes focuses on.
  • The problem is tackled from several angles, i.e.: our help is not limited to supporting victims of exploitation but is just as well aimed at educating parents in order to prevent exploitation.

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