Inspired by the ideas in the book ‘Terre des Hommes’ by Antoine de SaintExupéry, Terre des Hommes has been fighting child exploitation for over 53 years.
Children’s rights as laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions, but also the Sustainable Development Goals, provide the guidelines that we follow.
The way we do this has changed over the years. While initially the focus was put on direct aid to children, we are gradually moving towards a combination of direct and indirect aid, for example, by lobbying for the amendment of legislation, awareness campaigns about the effects of exploitation and the risk of cultural practices, and giving target groups a voice and support so they can advocate themselves for better conditions.
We make this transition to ultimately give many more children the opportunity to develop and grow.
It is our job to ensure that an environment is created that offers children that opportunity. Together with the children, NGOs, the business community, politicians and communities, we are continuously working to bring about long-term sustainable change.
We work to accomplish this mission with the support of donors, volunteers and many others.
In 2018, Terre des Hommes is also working in five areas to stop child exploitation: child labour, sexual exploitation of children, child trafficking and child abuse. Emergency aid also receives attention again in 2018. In this document we mention a number of results that we have achieved.