Difficult living conditions push many children to leave their hometowns and villages in the hope of finding a better life elsewhere. But migration poses multiple threats, including exploitation and violence. Together with communities and key actors, Terre des hommes protects migrating youth. We work with host families and empower children to protect themselves.

What we do

Specialised care

Within the framework of our specialised care programme, and thanks to a partnership with the Surgical Foundation for African Children, Tdh has built a paediatric surgery block at the departmental hospital in Abomey in Zou-Collines. This improves access for children to tertiary paediatric treatment in their region. We organise surgical missions to Benin in partnership with Swiss hospitals. We also organise the transfer of children to Europe who cannot be operated on in their country.

Terre des hommes in Benin

Beneficiaries 2019


11,486 people (Golfe de Guinée)

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 18

Budget 2020


CHF 814,939.- (Golfe de Guinée)

Where we work

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Start of Terre des hommes’ work in Benin.
Creation of a temporary reception centre for children suffering from exploitation, trafficking and abuse.
Opening of a departmental hospital unit to care for premature infants and children suffering from malnutrition and illness.
Launch of a cross-border project to fight against the exploitation of children in Benin and Nigeria.
Launch of PROGIPE, a programme for the protection of children.
Inauguration of a new paediatric surgery unit.
Launch of the project for protection of migrant children along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.

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Annual Report 2020
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2017
Thematic policy - Mother and child health
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Project for the Protection of Migrant Children Along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor

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