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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: 4%)
• 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: Sebastian Zug • National Staff: 20 • 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, KIRDARC • Budget 2015: CHF 1,142,053.-

Our intervention

Emergency response – In a series of earthquakes, thousands of lives were lost and Nepal suffered widespread material damage. Tdh responded swiftly to supply basic necessities as a first step. Blankets, drinking water and foodstuffs were distributed and places were set up to receive the children. Tdh is now supporting infrastructure reconstruction, of health centres in particular.

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.

2014 Results

• 843 girls and boys rescued from the sex industry.
• 2,407 toilets built.
• Tdh is proactive in lobbying and advocacy for the reform and enforcement of laws, policies and practices relating to children, in order to protect every child’s best interests.
• 9,710 people were given training in rehabilitation therapy and on the conventions on the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities.
• 4,041 children received individual home visits and advice on rehabilitation.

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 - Tika, Tdh beneficiary in Nepal

Fifteen year old Tika comes from the district of Kailali, a remote area in the west of Nepal. When she was collecting firewood and leaves, she fell and injured her spine. She survived the accident but was left unable to walk.

- Népal - Tika, Tdh beneficiary in Nepal

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