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Terre des hommes in Ukraine

Terre des hommes (Tdh) was founded in 1960 and is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid.  

Terre des hommes Foundation has been active in Ukraine continuously since 2015, contributing to the improvement of the child protection system and to the reform of social assistance. We also facilitate the participation of children in the development of their communities.

Each year, thousands of children and parents benefit from the projects that Tdh implements in Ukraine.

The list of most recent projects on Child Protection, including projects on migration:

“Ukraine Joint Response” (3 years, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), “Aflatoun” (1 year, Dorcas), “Provision of psycho-social services for adolescents, youth, parents and educators in settlements near the contact line in Luhansk and Donetsk regions” (2 years, UNICEF and European Union), “Digital fabrication for vocational education” (1 year, USAID project “Economic Support for Eastern Ukraine”), “Young Citizens” (1 year, USAID project “Democratic Governance East Activity”), “Psychosocial well-being and an inclusive environment for children in Eastern Ukraine” (1 year, UNICEF), “CASTLE - Children left behind by labour migration: supporting Moldovan and Ukrainian transnational families in the EU” (2 years, European Commission), “ACTIV - Act against violence” (3 years, Active Citizens Fund Romania, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014 - 2021), “Youth entrepreneurship” (3 years, Federation Vaudoise Cooperation – FEDEVACO, Switzerland).

10,000
children in Ukraine have received psychosocial support from Tdh since 2015
800
parents were trained in positive parenting in 2021
500
boys and girls gained digital prototyping skills in 2021
130
children and their parents affected by mines received individual support in 2021
+100
young people visited local governments and NGOs for passing internship in 2021
27
mini-projects were implemented by young people in FabLabs in 2021
Priorities

In Ukraine, the Tdh Foundation is active in two areas of intervention:

  • Protection and promotion of children’s rights by strengthening the protection system. We mobilize communities to prevent risk situations and we collaborate with social workers, teachers and other professionals to protect children. We seek to increase children’s and youth’s resilience; we help them participate in making decisions that concern them. We invest in education, health, social services and infrastructure in order to improve life of disadvantaged children in Ukraine.
  • Supporting children affected by migration. Migration negatively affects children’s life in many ways: from parents who leave the country to children who migrate by themselves or with their family. In this field, our priorities are preventing children’s and youth’s unsafe migration, and making sure that children already affected by migration have access to their fundamental rights.
Timeline of Tdh in Ukraine
2015-2016

The beginning of a mission to provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, aimed at material and psychological support for families

2017

Transition to the development stage, the purpose of which is to plan activities to support the youth of Ukraine and implement public funding programs

2018

Creating child-friendly spaces, supporting psychosocial activities in schools, launching the FabLab program to encourage innovation and creativity using digital technologies

2019

Providing psychosocial support to children affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, introduction of art therapy methodology so that young people can solve social issues in society

2020

Creation of digital laboratories for children and youth, the largest of which is in Mariupol, to encourage them to be creative and implement their own ideas. Шnvolving young people in decision-making in the community, giving them the opportunity to choose a profession and try themselves in it, encouraging young people to create their own social projects.

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Terre des hommes in the world

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes, we provide assistance to over four million children and their families in around 40 countries each year.

Our vision

We aspire to a world in which the rights of children, as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, are always respected. A world in which children can thrive in safe environments and become the agents of change they wish to see in their lives.

Our mission

Terre des hommes, founded in 1960, is an independent, neutral and impartial Swiss organisation committed to bringing meaningful and lasting change to the lives of children and youth, especially to those most exposed to risks. We strive to improve their well-being and ensure the effective application of their rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant human rights instruments. To make a difference, we focus on the areas of maternal and child health, children and youth migration, and access to justice. We aim to empower children and youth through active participation. We advocate for the respect of children’s rights, supporting them in voicing their needs and interests. We work in fragile and conflict-affected settings, as well as in stable environments.

Our principles of action

  • We act in the best interests of the child, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant human rights instruments;
  • We promote and enhance child, youth, family and community participation and empowerment;
  • We foster local partners’ ownership of projects and actions, reinforce local systems to support and enable various national and local stakeholders to provide expertise and best practices;
  • We trust and build on the capacities of stakeholders and communities as primary responders and agents of change;
  • We implement humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities;
  • We integrate constant learning, improvement, collaboration and knowledge sharing;
  • We strive for innovation and sustainability in all our actions and programmes;
  • We are accountable and transparent to beneficiaries, partners, donors and to ourselves;
  • We partner with other organisations to advocate for the respect of children’s rights.
Values
Courage

We strive to take the best decisions and act with determination and conviction.

Ambition

We want to bring positive, significant and long-term changes to the lives of children and the communities where they live.

Respect

We encourage an honest, responsible and open approach, based on cooperation and acceptance of diversity.

Dedication

We act with goodwill and professionalism around children, while promoting justice and equality.

What's new

Recently, we have started cooperating with the TOLOCAR project - a small innovative FabLab on wheels. Today it is a unique project that provides access to mobile production facilities and innovations in crisis situations. We have previously created similar FabLab workshops in eastern Ukraine. Back…
Children Left Behind by Labour Migration’ is a 30-month action that aims to support the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in improving their child protection frameworks and policies regarding migration and mobility, with a focus on the social and legal impacts of labour migration on transnational…
Before the war, Regina Chulinina, Child Protection Field Officer, worked at the Terre des hommes Mariupol office in eastern Ukraine. But after February 24, when Russian troops began occupying the city, it was very difficult to evacuate, due to constant shelling and bombs flying into apartment…
The full-scale war in Ukraine affected every member of the Terre des hommes team in Ukraine. Almost all of us were forced to leave our cities due to rocket fire and occupation. This is especially true in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, where we have implemented projects to support children and youth…
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania have been facing an unprecedented influx of displaced people, mostly women and children. Terre des hommes and its partners have been active in these countries for a long time and have set up children's spaces and baby corners in key…
When the war in Ukraine began, our lives, the lives of all Ukrainians, turned upside down. The constant shelling forced us to leave our homes and look for a safer place in the West or abroad. Now that our team is relatively safe to help and support IDP children and families, we are ready to share…