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Humanitarian aid

Wars or natural disasters also affect children. These children face fear, hunger, violence or diseases and are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Terre des Hommes therefore also provides emergency aid, focusing on providing care and protection to children and their families. Terre des Hommes works with implementing partners to provide psychological support and basic needs to vulnerable children and their families

Carla Lovato

Humanitarian Aid Coordinator

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February 17th, 2021

Awareness blossomes during psychosocial support sessions

Lina is one of the most enthusiastic children who is taking part in the  Psychosocial Support sessions impleme…

January 26th, 2021

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Belem Azéta is 24 years old and lives with her 3 children temporarily in Burkina Faso due to the conflicts in…

January 6th, 2021

4 months after the blast: How Beirut children are recovering from the explosion

The multiple crisis of Lebanon is affecting the most vulnerable children. TdH activities doesn't stop after th…

October 5th, 2020

A better life for Amin

Syria has been struggling with war for eight years, and for six years Terre des Hommes, through our sister org…

October 5th, 2020

A new opportunity for Zahra's daughters

Zahra (26) is a mother of four children (two boys and two girls) who were all born in Lebanon. The mother came…

September 1st, 2020

Psychosocial support is a long term investment

Within the frame of the ‘Back-to-the-Future’ project supported by Terre des Hommes Netherlands, our partner Te…

Background

The cause of emergency situations for which Terre des Hommes offers humanitarian aid usually concern natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, or acts of war like in the Middle East, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. However, medical emergencies may also constitute grounds for action, such as the impact of Covid-19. During times of crisis, Terre des Hommes works quickly to provide life-saving assistance to children and their families.

Even in the chaos of a crisis, our emergency aid prevents the exploitation of children.

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Goals

In humanitarian crises many children get separated from their family, get displaced, have to leave school, live in increasing poverty, get extremely traumatized and do not have access to - amongst other things - basic necessities such as food, water and medical care.

Often people make use of the chaotic environment and the high vulnerability of children as a result of a disaster to engage children in criminal activities, such as forced labour, sexual exploitation or early marriage.

Protecting these children - affected by natural (earthquakes, tsunamis) or man made disasters (armed conflicts, climate change) - from all forms of exploitation is our number 1 priority. We fight child exploitation even in the midst of chaos. Join our fight. Help us ensure our humanitarian aid comes in time for the next crisis.

What we do

In humanitarian crises, family, community and governmental child protection systems (i.e. relatives, community members, processes, laws, behaviors and institutions that normally protect children) often become weakened or ineffective, which results in a protection vacuum for children that increases their vulnerability to all forms of exploitation.

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. The children learn about children’s rights, as well as practical issues such as hygiene. Psychosocial support is always available. If necessary, children and their parents are referred to professional psychological treatment. Terre des Hommes also provides information to parents and caregivers regarding children’s rights or 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, or (re)building wells or medical dispensaries.

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 the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). e also participate in joint-appeals humanitarian foundation Giro555. We share knowledge and resources within our Terre des Hommes International Federation. In times of need, we stand stronger together. Join our fight.

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

It is the vision of TdH that children must be seen, heard and respected as important actors of change in their lives and the life of their families and communities, also in emergency situations. In 2020, we implemented or supported emergency projects in countries such as Syria, Lebanon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Bangladesh. 

Our activities focused on setting up child friendly spaces, providing psychosocial support to children and their families, providing awareness raising and capacity building on child rights among parents and local authorities. We also provided physical rehabilitation to people with disabilities, distributed food vouchers and strengthened water, sanitation and health services to those most in need.

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