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about terre des hommes


The Swiss Foundation of Terre des hommes (Tdh) with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the largest Swiss children’s aid organization operating outside Switzerland. Since 1960, the movement has been active wherever children are in need. The movement follows the Charter of its founder, Edmond Kaiser, pledging to provide direct and non-bureaucratic assistance to children in distress, wherever they may be. Through resolute commitment and long-term experience, Terre des hommes today plays a leading role in the field of humanitarian aid at an international level. With emergency action and long-term projects, Terre des hommes is fighting for children’s rights in 30 countries, practicing a strict policy of political, racial and religious neutrality.

The Terre des hommes Foundation is a member of the Terre des Hommes International Federation TDHIF. Worldwide, the TDHIF is one of the largest NGO federations providing aid for children in need. It has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UNICEF, ILO and the Council of Europe. The IFTDH is a network of nine member organizations in the following countries: Germany, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland (including the two organizations Tdh-Switzerland and the Tdh Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland) and Syria. The network works in partnership with Tdh organizations like Spain and Netherlands. Members of the TDHIF support 1207 development and humanitarian aid projects in 67 countries.

In October 2001, Terre des hommes launched an international campaign: Stop Child Trafficking. The campaign is run – together with local partners – by regional coordinators and delegates in 33 countries of the six regions: Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Southern Africa, South America and Western Africa. More info >