Reducing the risk of exploitation
Terre des hommes puts preventative measures in place in order to find alternatives for children who are forced to work or to delay their entry into the workforce. Our work in this area aims to minimise the risk of exploitation and includes organising awareness workshops, reinforcing the educational system, encouraging income-generating activities and providing aid to families.
Protecting exploited children
If a child’s job is dangerous, we must take every measure to end that type of work. That is why Tdh endeavours to find an alternative solution for children and their families, such as schooling or vocational training. If a child’s working conditions are not dangerous but can be improved, we try to find a better solution by involving the child, their employer and the community as much as possible. We also aim to ensure that the child has access to education and the necessary health and protection services.
Accompanying children in mobility
A lot of children end up being exploited when they leave their home in the hope of finding a better life elsewhere. They move from rural to urban areas, either in their home country or abroad. Tdh pays particular attention to children on the move. In West Africa, we are present in six countries (Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Nigeria), where we help over 15,000 children. In Europe, we work towards improving the protection of migrant children and ensuring they have access to basic services along their journey and once they reach their destination.