More children than ever need our emergency aid badly, anywhere in the world. These children are faced with fear, hunger, violence or disease caused by wars or natural disasters. In severe situations like this, there is no time to lose and every minute counts. For this reason, Terre des Hommes provides support in various countries in the world to save lives and support children and their families.
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, the Ukraine and South Sudan. However, medical emergencies may also constitute grounds for action, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Natural disasters, conflicts or war are often the immediate cause to offer humanitarian aid. Medical emergency situations can also give reason to Terre des Hommes to take action. In the last few years the humanitarian emergency team of Terre des Hommes took action for the victims of:
Our philosophy in providing emergency relief is that we believe we can help more children by collaborating with other bodies. Only by joining forces as effectively as possible, we can optimise our support to the children who so desperately need it. Terre des Hommes carries out emergency relief projects in countries where we have already implemented projects or where our sister organisations are active.
Terre des Hommes is a permanent member of the Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO), this is a coalition of eleven Dutch charitable organisations that collaborate during humanitarian disasters under the name Giro555. Giro55 cooperates with Dutch tv and radio stations. Together we help to save lives.
Thanks to the help of our donors in 2014 we took action in Northern-Iraq to help suffering children.
Northern-Iraq is in the highest state of emergency: over one million refugees have fled central-Iraq and are seeking shelter in the northern Kurdic part of the country. They are on the run for the army of Islamic State (IS). More than 50% of the refugees are (very young) children, often without parents or other family. These children are wittnesses of crime and injustice, and are often a victim themselves. Extreme huma rights violations are reported, such as murder, a Er worden zeer ernstige schendingen van mensenrechten gerapporteerd zoals moorden, mutilation, recruting of child soldiers, sexual violence against girls and boys, including childmarriage and child slaves for IS-warriors.
Being on the run, witnessing violence and the insecure future have traumatised many of these children. Therefore, Terre des Hommes offers psychosocial and education. In addition, we offer medicine and hygiene kits. Our staff also offer training and education to create a safer environment for the children.