Terre des hommes (Tdh) was founded in 1960, and it is the most important Swiss organization in the field of child protection.
Terre des hommes Foundation has been active in Romania continuously since 1992, 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 Romania.
In Romania, the Tdh Foundation is active in three areas of intervention:
To strengthen the system that protects children’s rights and prevent risky situations, we mobilize the communities and work with social workers, teachers and other professionals in this field. We wish to improve the resilience of children and youth and help them participate in decision-making that directly affects them. We invest in education, health, social services and infrastructure to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Romania.
Supporting children affected by migration. Migration affects the lives of children in different ways: from parents who leave to children migrating on their own or with their families. In this area, our main priorities are to prevent the unsafe migration of children and youth and make sure that the children already affected by it have access to their fundamental rights.
Juvenile justice. Terre des hommes believes in an efficient justice system, where freedom is not taken from young people. Therefore, we develop specific methodologies for professionals working with children in conflict with the law and friendly practices, with a focus on mental balance and resilience.
The Terre des hommes mission is to offer help to vulnerable children who are being exploited or are at risk and to change society for the benefit of future generations.
We strive to take the best decisions and act with determination and conviction.
We want to bring positive, significant and long-term changes to the lives of children and the communities where they live.
We encourage an honest, responsible and open approach, based on cooperation and acceptance of diversity.
We act with goodwill and professionalism around children, while promoting justice and equality.
Terre des hommes began its activity in Romania by establishing partnerships with local organisations. The beneficiaries of our first project were mothers experiencing difficulty, and our goal was to prevent child abandonment.
We launched in Romania a program for protecting and reintegrating children who were in conflict with the law, by offering legal and social support and organizing training for specialists in child protection.
We established partnerships to promote the rights of children with AIDS.
Due to legal changes in Romania, Tdh could offer training in child protection for key actors representing national institutions. That same year, Tdh joined the initiative of other organisations to fight against the trafficking of children in Eastern Europe.
Tdh Romania as a representative of Tdh was registered in the official catalogue of Associations and Foundations. We opened an office in Craiova,in addition to the one in Bucharest.
We began a major project for the inclusion of Roma, designed to improve their access to health, education and decent living conditions.
Terre des hommes Romania directly helped 9.883 people, including 3000 children who participated in educational activities to prevent discrimination. Also, 2000 children benefited from basic medical services.
We opened an office in Bacau and began implementing Project SHINE (Support for Health, Social and Educational Infrastructure) in 37 communities in the area.
We implemented 11 projects to support rural communities in Dolj, Gorj, Olt, and Bacău. They focused on theactive participation of youth, promoting alternative methods to juvenile detention, and the MGS Movement (Movement, Game and Sports) for the social inclusion of children and vulnerable young people.
We launched a major project for child protection: Keeping Children Safe in Sports. At the same time, we continued to implement 12 other projects, in different stages, in different parts of the country.
Roman Bürki, Terre des hommes Ambassador, visited the children in two communities and promoted sports.
We launched two new projects in the field of juvenile justice (Precision and Focus), and as part of the SHINE project, we published a guide for building sanitary facilities in rural schools, a first for the country.
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.
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.
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.
Globally the organization has five basic principles :
- to improve the health of children under 5 and of children in need of medical care
- to protect migrant children
- to prevent the exploitation of children
- to promote restaurative justice in the case of children in conflict with the law
- to offer humanitarian assistance to children and families in crisis situation.
Our programmes and projects are based on the following principles:
- the rights of children and their best interest;
- creating a strong local presence where there are children and families in vulnerable communities
- encouraging close cooperation with local entities, on the basis of respect;
- inovation and continuous learning;
- perfecting the health and protection systems on the long term
- obtaining and maintaining global recognition as a trustworthy organization.