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Since 1984, Terre des hommes (Tdh) has been present in Burundi and focuses its efforts on three areas of activity: community protection, restorative justice and humanitarian response. The crisis triggered in 2015 by the challenge to the former president's third term in office has had humanitarian and economic consequences. The majority of the population lives below the poverty line. Children are exposed to all kinds of violence. We are working with the authorities and communities to improve respect for the rights and protection of children.

What we do

Child protection

Tdh strengthens and accompanies community actors in the establishment of a protective framework for children, is committed to guaranteeing equitable access to basic services for all children and acts in the area of prevention and response to violence against children.

Acess to justice

In the field of restorative justice, Tdh aims to strengthen the actors in the penal chain and to accompany the implementation of alternative measures to deprivation of liberty. Tdh is present in juvenile detention centres, providing psychosocial support and professional training. Children in conflict with the law are thus taken care of and supported in their social reintegration process or referred to appropriate structures. Tdh also has activities, directly or through a national partner (Giriuyuja), to free and support detained street children who are victims of raids. Finally, Tdh is committed to improving the conditions of detention in prisons, for example by establishing prison nurseries.

Humanitarian aid

Since the events of 2015, with the crisis triggered by the challenge to the third mandate sought by the deceased President Nkurunziza, Tdh has implemented a humanitarian aid response, in particular by working where there are population movements such as the wave of Congolese refugees fleeing the fighting or the return of refugees to their areas of origin and in the preparation, prevention and response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Terre des hommes in Burundi

Beneficiairies in 2020


80'126 people

Expatriate / local employees


2 / 45

Budget 2020


CHF 2,500,000




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Terre des hommes begins its work in Burundi in the field of child protection to support children with disabilities.
Launch of a project for children in street situations.
Creation of a national programme for the reintegration of orphaned and marginalised children.
Launch of a project for children and young people in conflict with the law.
Implementation of a violence and crime prevention programme.
Tdh Burundi changes its status from an international NGO to an international Foundation.
Establishment of a volunteer team ensuring national coverage for the justice programme.

Related publications

Annual report 2021
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
Impact des activités organisées en détention auprès de jeunes en contact avec la loi au Burundi

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