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Where we work in Asia

Millions of children are exploited in Asia. Terre des Hommes Netherlands fights against exploitation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand. We fight worst forms of child labour, sexual exploitation of children (online and offline) and ensure child protection in humanitarian emergencies.

Our work in Asia

We protect children by preventing and stopping child exploitation. We empower children to make their voices count. We believe that every child has the right to flourish.

In Asia, we fight worst forms of child labour in mica mining and waste collection communities in India. In Philippines we address prevalent forms of child labour in the Western and Central Visayas region. In our fight against sexual exploitation of children, we reach out to vulnerable children of readymade garment factory workers in Bangladesh, early married girls and children of Devadasis in India along with children vulnerable to and affected by online child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand.   

We work towards systemic change. We nurture collaborative efforts to combat child exploitation. We address issues at the roots, with children at the centre of our initiatives.

Alongside lobbying with governments, we advocate for stricter implementation of laws and strengthen existing mechanisms for child protection. 

Read our Asia Regional Factsheet

Our Regional Director

Ms Bushra Zulfiqar is our Regional Director in Asia. She oversees all operations in the region. 

She brings with her almost two decades long work experience in international development and human rights, both at the policy-making and implementation levels in Asia and around the world. Bushra has worked in various senior management and leadership roles with United Nations, World Bank, UK Government Department for International Development as well International NGOs. 

Latest News

March 12th, 2024

The Place of Intersection - Research Report

Participatory research to update and align our cross-cutting Issue approaches. In 2016, Terre des Hommes Nethe…

March 8th, 2024

Anne Priya : A story of Women Empowerment

This International Women's Day, we share the story of Anne Priya, our Programme Manager from India who leads t…

February 29th, 2024


This Safer Internet Month, our team in the Philippines has penned an opinion article on the situation of onlin…

February 15th, 2024

A mission to end online child sexual exploitation in her ward : Bina Dahal's story

Ms Bina Dahal is a Community Police Officer in Nepal. Speaking on emerging issues affecting children, she said…

February 6th, 2024

Sign the letter against online sexual exploitation

We call on the Dutch government and the EU to take action against online sexual abuse of children. Take action…

February 1st, 2024

The Global Research Agenda

On February 1 2024, the Terre des Hommes Netherlands Global Research Agenda was launched, which will guide our…

January 17th, 2024

Children advocate with the Minister of Children, Women and Senior Citizens in Nepal

As part of our work on online safety for children in Nepal under the SCROL programme, our children and youth a…

November 13th, 2023

Regional Factsheets Asia

In 2022-23 we reached out to 57,972 children in the Asia Region. Our Asia Regional Factsheets present our work…

November 13th, 2023

Our Asia Regional Factsheets

In 2022-23 we reached out to 57,972 children in the Asia Region. Our Asia Regional Factsheets present our work…

August 7th, 2023

Child Exploitation Situational Analysis in Cambodia 2023

Terre des Hommes Netherlands has conducted an in-depth Situational Analysis of Child Exploitation in Cambodia…

June 29th, 2023

Annual report 2022: concrete results for children

Thanks to the support of donors, in collaboration with partners and the commitment of volunteers and staff, Te…

March 2nd, 2023

India Annual Report 2022

In India, Terre des Hommes Netherlands addresses child labour, child sexual exploitation, child marriage and o…

Our programmes


IMAGE: Empowering early married girls in India

Every year, 1.5 million girls in India marry before the age of 18. Many girls forced into early marriages rare…


Children Empowerment of the Devadasi System

In socio-economically disadvantaged Devadasi communities from North Karnataka, harmful norms force adolescent…


Creating a safer Online Environment for Every Child (CONEC) (Philippines)

The internet opens many doors for children. They do their homework, play games and chat with their friends. Ch…


SCROL: Safety for Children and their Rights OnLine

Online child sexual exploitation has seen a significant rise over the last number of years. Our new SCROL (Saf…


Strengthening the Community-based Protection Systems to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Visayas Region

Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) is a serious and prevailing issue in the Philippines that is caused by a ra…


Addressing child trafficking in Bangladesh

Child trafficking in Bangladesh has been on the rise in recent years, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pande…


Capacity building of early married girls in Bangladesh

Being a girl in Bangladesh is a difficult reality as it has one of highest rates of early marriage in the worl…


Stop child labour in mica mining belt India

Mica is a raw material that is widely used in our daily products, such as cars, laptops and make-up. It has a…

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