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

Juvenile 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.

Earthquake emergency intervention

On 16th April 2016, an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale struck the Ecuadorian coast, leaving hundreds of fatalities and making thousands of people homeless. Tdh quickly started working in the camps set up by the government, developing psychosocial and recreational activities designed to help children. Tdh also distributed essential goods and hygiene products to improve the families’ living conditions in the camps. Finally, Tdh ran activities promoting health and hygiene like washing hands, managing water, promoting breastfeeding, and also offers access to drinking water.

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 2016


49,894 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 7

Budget 2017


CHF 558,000.-




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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.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
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