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Aid provided to record numbers of children in humanitarian crises in 2017

In 2017, Terre des hommes (Tdh) provided aid where children and their families needed it most. For the first time in our history, our teams supported more than one million vulnerable children and their relatives affected by humanitarian crises in 2017. An increase of 70% compared to the previous year. The latest Terre des hommes annual report reflects these record figures.

Last year, one in six children were unable to attend school, had their home or neighbourhood destroyed, were wounded, experienced or witnessed atrocities. One in six children also lost one or more loved ones. Our teams provided aid where children needed it most: near frontlines in Iraq and Nigeria, in the midst of the forgotten war in Ukraine, along migration routes and in refugee camps, where we helped Syrians, Rohingya and Somalians escape violence. In 2017, we  provided aid to more than 1 million children and their relatives in humanitarian crises, 400,000 more people than in the previous year. This was a record for the Swiss organisation for children’s aid.

In 2017, Tdh's turnover passed the CHF 100 million mark for the first time with a figure of CHF 105.3 million – a 27% increase on the previous year. “The significant growth in our turnover is linked to an increase in the number of disasters and in the needs of vulnerable people who are affected. It also reflects our wish to continue our work in these fragile environments and invest in capacity building to enable local actors to become more self-reliant,” says Vito Angelillo, Director of Terre des hommes. In 2017, advocacy and training was conducted among 160,000 teachers, social workers and juvenile judges, twice the figure for 2016. This work allows us to reach more children and enhance the long-term sustainability of resources being deployed.

Last year, we supported a total of 3.1 million children and their relatives in 48 countries, including development projects. “We want to change the living conditions of these children and their families in a positive and sustainable way. Whether in humanitarian crises or in long-term development contexts, children are the first victims of violence and poverty. Despite increasingly difficult working conditions, we will continue to focus on our strategic priorities of maternal and child health in the first years of life and on child protection. These areas remain the focus of our work,” explains Vito Angelillo.

Immerse yourself into our new web documentary to discover our impacts of the year 2017.

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