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About us

Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss child relief agency. Through our health and protection projects, we provide assistance to over two million children and their families in over thirty countries each year.

Vision and values


Children are the first to suffer in times of war, natural disasters and as a result of poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We are focused on five main objectives:
Improving the health of infants up to the age of 3 and of children in need of specialised medical care
Protecting migrant children
Preventing child exploitation
Promoting restorative justice for children in conflict with the law
Providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in times of emergency and crisis

Our programmes and projects revolve around

Children’s rights and their best interests
Creating a strong local presence in close proximity to children, their families and communities
Establishing close cooperation with local bodies based on respect
Constant improvement and innovation
Enhancing heath and protection systems in the long term
Gaining recognition in Switzerland as a reliable organisation and source of financing

Our core values are

Courage: We strive to make brave choices and to act with conviction and determination.
Ambition: We aim to bring about positive, significant and lasting change in the lives of children and their communities.
Respect: We favour an honest, responsible and open approach based on cooperation and acceptance of diversity.
Commitment: We endeavour to act with humanity and professionalism with and around children, and to promote fairness and equality.


Creation of Terre des hommes by Edmond Kaiser.
The charter setting out the primary objectives and ethical principles of the association is drafted by Edmond Kaiser and adopted. The Swiss model inspires the creation of other Terre des hommes bodies in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, to name but a few. They all come together to form the «Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF)».
La Maison children’s home opens in Massongex, in the canton of Valais.
Terre des hommes Foundation and terre des hommes Switzerland split to form two separate entities.
Edmond Kaiser leaves Terre des hommes to found Sentinelles.
Terre des hommes Switzerland changes its status from an association to a foundation and files its new statutes.
Terre des hommes Switzerland changes its status from an association to a foundation and files its new statutes.
The Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary.

International Federation TDH

The Terre des hommes Foundation, based in Lausanne, is a member of the Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF), which includes sister organisations in Switzerland and other countries. The TDHIF allows for their voice to be heard at an international and European level and represents them before the various bodies of the United Nations. It organises awareness-raising campaigns and approves joint positions, always in the best interests of children.

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Related publications

Courage n° 55 - New hope in the heart of the favelas
Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2015.
Our Values

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