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Active in Nepal since 1985, Terre des hommes (Tdh) runs projects to improve access to healthcare, nutrition, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and reinforce child protection. In 2014, nearly 62,000 people benefited from the activities implemented by Tdh.


After years of conflict, the political situation in Nepal remains unstable. Children are especially vulnerable, suffering from malnutrition and receiving low quality healthcare. Mothers do not have sufficient knowledge on how to treat or prevent illnesses. The lack of pre- and post-natal care is responsible for thousands of deaths. In regards to education, many poor families are unable to cope with the costs involved. Gender and social discrimination are still present.

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Children's situation

• 48 children out of 1,000 die before the age of 5 (CH: 5%)
• 34% of children work
• 51% of children are married before the age of 18
Among the 30,815 workers in the sex industry, between 33 and 50% of them are children.

(Sources: UNDP, UNICEF, Nepal Living Standards Survey, CBS)

Tdh in Nepal: Head of delegation: Jason Squire • National Staff: 18 • Expatriate staff: 1 • Areas of intervention: Kathmandu, Kavre, Salyan, Humla, Bara, Lalitpur, Makwanpur, Rautahat • Partners: Biswas Nepal, Change Nepal, Dalit Development Society, Friends of Disabled, Saathi, SathSath, NCR,THIS, UEMS, Nepal Government, Nepal's Red Cross • Budget 2014: CHF 825’133.-

Our intervention

Orthopaedic rehabilitation – Training, surgical camps, specific treatments and follow-up home visits enable physically disabled children to acquire the optimum functional independence and facilitates their social reintegration.

Fight against child exploitation – Tdh fights against the sexual exploitation of children by putting into place reception centres, in order to help young girls and boys emancipate themselves and break the chains of exploitation. Tdh advocates for the removal of children from the sex industry.

In the Kathmandu Valley, there are children who work daily in brickyards in conditions dangerous to their health. Tdh checks their current state of health and monitors their nutritional status. The population is informed and made aware of the risks involved when working in brickyards. Tdh also works with employees to improve the working conditions and to protect the children.

Integrated Child Protection Program – Tdh has devised an integrated model in the fields of protection, health and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), with the intention to strengthen the identification and protection of the most vulnerable children.

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2013 Results

• Tdh assisted in the repatriation of 14 Nepali females victims of sexual exploitation and prevented 300 vulnerable children from being trafficked.
• 1,351 children with physical disabilities got their impairment corrected through surgeries saving potential loss of functional independence.
• 2,024 people benefited from construction of 368 toilets.

What Tdh can do with:

CHF 70.–
Teach a volunteer about health and nutrition practices.

CHF 350.–
Reunite a trafficked child with his or her family.


Népal - Sunita, Tdh beneficiary in Nepal

When she was only 13, Sunita was forced to stop school so she could go to work in a brickyard. Her father had abandoned the family, and so it was Sunita and her mother who had to provide for the other four children. When we encountered her in the brickyard, Sunita was in really bad health.

- Népal - Sunita, Tdh beneficiary in Nepal

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