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Humanitarian action

Violence, hunger, disease and natural disasters make children especially vulnerable to exploitation. Terre des Hommes takes action quickly. We provide humanitarian action aid to children and their families. They get a safe place where they cannot be exploited, medical aid and education. We work together with local organisations.

Rohinghya kinderen krijgen noodvoeding in een vluchtelingenkamp in Bangladesh.

Our Programme

More information about our Humanitarian Action Thematic Programme can be found here.

Humanitarian Action Thematic Programme Brief
Humanitarian Action Thematic Programme Brief

Even in the chaos of a crisis, our humanitarian action prevents the exploitation of children.

Children fleeing war, natural disaster or another crisis are highly vulnerable to exploitation, such as child labour and trafficking. During times of crisis, Terre des Hommes works quickly to provide life-saving assistance to children and their families.

In crises, people are simply trying to survive. Protection is scarce. Violence, hunger and other dangers lurk. Children are more easily exploited.

This is why our emergency aid is rapid. We provide a safe place and medical help. We ensure that children can still go to school. We believe that all children - also in emergency situations - have the right to be protected. That is why we work fast to support them.

We fight child exploitation even in the midst of chaos. Join our fight. Help us ensure our emergency aid comes in time for the next crisis.       


Medical crises, wars, natural disasters… we provide children emergency aid and protection worldwide.

No matter its form, a crisis requires rapid action. We responded to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. We brought emergency aid to hurricane victims in the Philippines. We provided protection to children fleeing wars in Ukraine and Syria. In these situations, emergency aid aided us in fighting child exploitation. Join our fight. 

Within these programs we offer humanitarian aid


Humanitarian aid for Gaza

This programme is a collaboration between 6 organisations funded by the Dutch Relief Alliance to address the m…


Humanitarian action for Ukraine (Giro 555)

On February 24, 2022, the situation in Ukraine escalated. Millions of Ukrainians have now fled their homes. Ma…


Humanitarian action

Armed conflict and natural disasters disproportionately affect children, often with long lasting effects. M…


Rapid humanitarian response in Ethiopia

The devastating conflict in the North Shewa Zone of the Amhara region has resulted in the displacement of appr…

Stronger together

Working with other organisations is crucial in an emergency. Cooperation helps us deploy our emergency aid as quickly as possible. Often these partners are local organisations that well know their communities. 

In the Netherlands, we work with partners through the Dutch Relief Alliance and we participate in joint-appeals humanitarian foundation Giro555. We share knowledge and resources within our International Federation Terre des Hommes network. In times of need, we stand stronger together. Join our fight.

Much more

And we do much more. We fight against child labour, trafficking, abuse and sexual exploitation. Read more about what we do

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