The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.


In Ecuador, especially in poor areas, children experience daily violence. 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.

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 2018


1396 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.
The Ecuadorian delegation becomes an office and is attached to the Andean multi-country delegation (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).

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Related publications

Making an impact for Children: Annual report 2019
Community practices in child protection. Examples of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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