After decades of conflict, basic services are at a minimum. Families have been displaced and don't have access to drinking water, education or health services. Terre des hommes improves the health of displaced children and mothers and helps young people in difficult situations. We also help children in the justice system by providing access to fair justice, protection and child rights.

What we do

Mother and child health

Many displaced persons live in unofficial camps in Kabul. Pregnant women, mothers of newborn babies and children are given regular medical check-ups by qualified local midwives who are trained and managed by Tdh. In addition to the services offered, a mobile protection and mother and child health unit caters to the peri-urban area of Kabul.

Rural development

Tdh combats poverty and child labour in affected rural areas by helping families improve their livelihoods. Working with local partners, we help women become more independent by creating farming cooperatives and improving natural resource management. Families and children in isolated areas have better access to schools and hospitals thanks to new routes that we develop with communities.

Juvenile justice

We help children in conflict with the law by working with the government to implement measures that replace detention. We also work to improve living conditions in juvenile rehabilitation centres and to create rehabilitation opportunities for young people. We train justice professionals such as police officers, prosecutors, judges and social workers in restorative juvenile justice and push for the implementation of child rights for children in conflict with the law.

Child protection

Our child protection project reaches out to the vulnerable ‘returnees’, Afghan refugee families who lived in Pakistan in exile returned to their country, internally displaced families and conflict affected people through mobile teams. We provide community based child protection services, including life-saving psychosocial activities, which are complemented by awareness activities about the risks of children working in mines and against the exploitation of children. We also work towards the acceptance of refugees and displaced people in their host communities.

The protection and counselling support Heela and her family got from the social worker is priceless, as they now live together peacefully and she has developed a life more in line with the one of a little girl’s.

Heela, 'returnee', got back her childhood


Terre des hommes in Afghanistan

Beneficiaries 2016


112,619 people

Expatriate / local employees


4 / 148

Budget 2017


CHF 4,423,000




Where we work

Supported by


Tdh begins working in Afghanistan by launching a project assisting street children.
Midwives begin making home visits as part of a project launched in Kabul and extended to other cities.
A child rights consortium is formed with four national and international NGOs.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health

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