Terre des Hommes logo
DonateFight with us

Fight with us

Become a donorAs a partnerDonate your goods

Our organisation

Terre des Hommes has been fighting child exploitation since 1966. Get to know our organisation, volunteers and ambassador. See who we are.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Active against child exploitation for over half a century.

Terre des Hommes Nederland has been fighting against child exploitation for 60 years. Worldwide. From deep in Asia to the Middle East and Africa, we stand up for the rights of the child. 

The name Terre des Hommes means people of the earth. It comes from the book of the same name by the Frenchman Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, pilot of a mail plane and writer in WWII.  

Through his work he saw a lot of the world and came to the conclusion: "there is no third world. There is one world and we are all responsible for it". 

It was with this in mind that the French journalist and pharmacist Edmond Kaiser founded Terre des Hommes in Lausanne. "Because every child has the chance to develop great talents, if it's well taken care of."  

In 1966 we started our programmes in East Africa from the Netherlands. We have also been active in Asia and the Middle East for many years. We now work in 18 countries. We help vulnerable children. We never look at faith, skin colour, gender or culture.

Read about our history

Our strategy

More information about our strategy can be found here

Watch our strategy video
Watch strategy video
Our Theory of Change
Our Core Principles

Our people

Stefanie Verhoeven, vrijwilliger Terre des Hommes

Stefanie Verhoeven

"With every item I sell in the store, I can help children out of exploitative situations and give the items a second life, that's fantastic, isn't it?!"

Chankanha Lok, Communications Intern, Terre des Hommes

Chankanha LOK

"Terre des Hommes is where I started to discover my potential, with those potential I believe I can help children to discover their rights and fight for their rights."

Thangaperumal Ponpandi, Country Manager India, Terre des Hommes

Thangam Ponpandian

"With this unique program we uncover serious problems such as domestic violence, early school leaving, forced sex, health and reproductive issues, hard work and social isolation. But not only do we make the dangers of child marriages visible, we also offer concrete help".

United in one federation

Terre des Hommes Netherlands is a member of a network of eight national organisations working closely together. This Terre des Hommes International Federation consists of Terre des Hommes organisations in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. There is also the Terre des Hommes Foundation. 

Terre des Hommes was founded by Edmond Kaiser in 1960. At that time, war in Algeria meant that many children there received no help. Terre des Hommes started with providing medical care for children with tuberculosis. 

In 1966, Terre des Hommes groups from France, Germany and the Netherlands came together. Joining forces, they became the Terre des Hommes International Federation.

In this federation, each organisation develops programmes and fundraises in its own country. Yet, we always compare shared findings and ensure we do not duplicate work. Join our fight. Stop child exploitation. 

Our ambassador

Terre des Hommes ambassadors are committed to fighting child exploitation. The celebrity spotlight they selflessly share calls the public’s attention to our cause. For their enthusiastic support, we thank our current and former ambassadors very much. 


The Supervisory Board supervises the management and the general course within the organisation. The Board determines the main lines of Terre des Hommes' policy, supervises its implementation, acts as a sounding board and provides advice.

Our annual report

We think it's important to let you know what happens to donations. Through films, photos and written words, our annual report shows what we have achieved all year in the fight against child exploitation.

Our missionWhat we doWhere we workSearch
DonateFight with us
LatestPublicationsOur organisationContactPartners