In Ecuador, especially in poor areas, many children do not have access to basic health care. We aim to prevent early pregnancy and improve the quality of care for pregnant girls. Children grow up in an environment, where violence is a major problem. In this context, we help young people in conflict with the law rehabilitate and to reintegrate into society. We also protect children from exploitation and risky migration.

What we do

Access to justice

We help young people in conflict with the law avoid incarceration by developing alternative measures that encourage rehabilitation. We work in coordination with the justice system by training judges, prosecutors, lawyers, detention personnel and police officers in restorative justice. Toy libraries in centres allow young people in conflict with the law to play games which improve their social skills, help them take responsibility for the acts committed and to better reintegrate into society after their sentence.

Child migrants

Our projects aim to protect children and young people who lack opportunities and are at risk of exploitation in their home and host communities. Our experts inform them about the risks of exploitation, abuse and trafficking during migration. They also sensitize communities on how to better protect children on the move. After signing an agreement on child mobility with parliament, we have become one of the region's key actors.

Mother and child health

In Santo Domingo province, we work with health services to improve the health of children and their mothers, who are often still adolescents. Our local teams focus on raising awareness to prevent early pregnancy in a country where 26% of women say they gave birth before 19. In mother-clubs, we protect pregnant adolescents and young mothers with their children and promote the access to medical services by training professionals. We also sensitize the young people about educating children without violence.


Straight after the earthquake that occurred on 16th April 2016, affecting the equatorial coast, Tdh provided humanitarian aid and psychological support for the affected children. Educational, fun and recreational activities allowed around 2000 children to overcome their trauma. 700 families were given cooking material, more than 3000 children supported with food and 5000 others received personal hygiene kits. 6000 families got access to drinking water in four localities. These access points were completed in 2017.

Humberto, who is physically handicapped, grew up in a poor environment. His parents did not have the money to feed him properly. When he met one of Terre des hommes' community workers, he was malnourished. He was given treatment and follow-up care.

Humberto, a resident in one of the communities of Santo Domingo de los Colorados


Terre des hommes in Ecuador

Beneficiaries 2017


15,062 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 4

Budget 2018


CHF 324'600




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Tdh begins operations in Ecuador by opening centres welcoming children left to fend for themselves in a public dump in Quito. Our project is quickly taken over by the Niñez y Vida foundation, a local NGO.
Tdh launches a project to create self-organised childcare centres in Quito's underprivileged neighbourhoods.
Tdh begins supporting a project tackling child abuse and domestic violence in the capital's underprivileged neighbourhoods.
A project supporting mother and child health, child protection and community development is launched in Santo Domingo.
Kick-off of a pilot project designed to protect children and young people from exploitation, human trafficking, abuse and dangerous forms of migration.
Closure of the dangers of migration project « Camino Seguro » (started in 2015) which aimed to prevent the trafficking of children from the Cotacachi community.

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