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In recent years, Ecuador has faced economic turmoil which has been further aggravated by the COVID-19 crisis and an important judicial system crisis. Children, particularly the ones from indigenous communities, still suffer from unequal access to health services and education, poverty, discrimination, violence and difficult access to justice. Terre des hommes (Tdh) strengthens the national juvenile justice system through the implementation of the restorative approach and the training of public officials. We also contribute to the development of legal reform, public policies, guides, and other tools.

What we do

Access to justice

We help young people in conflict with the law to avoid deprivation of liberty 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 detention 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 release.

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 2021


2829 people

Expatriate staff/ National staff


0 / 9

Budget 2021


CHF 293,730




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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 Access to Justice activities developed in a 3-year project continue with advocacy work with the authorities in favour of laws to better protect minors.
Promotion of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Restorative Juvenile Justice, a programme created by Tdh, the University of Geneva and the Swiss Institute for the Rights of the Child.

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Related publications

Annual report 2021
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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