The approach taken by Terre des Hommes is aimed at:
- Prevention of exploitation
- Child protection
- Health care
What does Terre des Hommes do?
Terre des Hommes offers child friendly spaces where children can play, and express and process their traumas under professional guidance and in a safe environment. Here, the children can also learn about children’s rights, as well as practical issues such as for example hygiene. Psychosocial support is always available and, if necessary, children and their parents are referred to professional psychological treatment. In addition, Terre des Hommes frequently provides information to parents and caregivers regarding for example children’s rights, but also about issues such as nutrition and hygiene.
Depending on the situation, the first priority may be to provide children a safe haven by for example (re)building schools, as was the case following the earthquake in Nepal, or (re)building wells (Zimbabwe) or medical dispensaries (Guinea).
Stronger together for children in emergency situations
At Terre des Hommes we believe that we can help more children by collaborating with other bodies. Only by joining forces as effectively as possible, we can optimize our support to the children. Therefore, Terre des Hommes is a member of the Terre des Hommes International Federation and with respect to emergency aid we collaborate closely with our sister organisations to provide direct aid to children and their families. We also collaborate with local organisations. In The Netherlands, Terre des Hommes collaborates with other Dutch humanitarian organisations within the Dutch Relief Alliance.
Terre des Hommes is a permanent member of Giro555. In the event of exceptional disasters, the Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties join forces under the name of Giro555 to raise money for relief efforts. Together we save more lives.