We help communities and the government protect children and their rights. This is instrumental in preventing violence, family separation and exploitation. Our local experts also improve families' access to water and better hygiene conditions.

The situation in Haiti

The country still needs assistance following the 2010 earthquake. Some houses still need to be rebuilt. There is only limited access to drinking water and sanitation. Children and young people, especially those living in the street, are at risk of exploitation and violence. Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries, and only 27% of school-age children are enrolled in school.

What we do

Child protection

Our local team seeks to protect children and young people who are separated from their families; victims of mistreatment, negligence or abuse (physical, moral or sexual); or forced to work, while helping them return to their families. We involve communities and the authorities in our work. We provide them with tools to improve living conditions for children. In Port-au-Prince, we focus on prevention measures targeting girl prostitutes living in the street. In 2014, our project helped nearly 1,400 girls.

Water and hygiene

In isolated areas, Tdh helps communities to access water and sanitation facilities, and seeks to create better hygiene conditions. We work with these groups to build latrines, wells, and rainwater collection systems. "Water committees" are in charge of managing this essential resource. In addition, residents receive training on hygiene so they can learn and share good practices. There were over 1,000 participants in 2014.

Jeanna and her husband placed their three daughters in a residential centre so they would receive food and education. However, the centre did not provide an appropriate level of care for children.

Jeanna, the mother of three girls placed in a residential centre


Terre des hommes in Haiti

Beneficiaries in 2014

29,319 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

3 / 67

Budget 2016

CHF 1,008,092.-

Programme locations

Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes

Local partners

Haitian institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR), the Haitian national water and sanitation company (DINEPA), civil defence, Sofalam, Medico-Legal Research and Action Unit (URAMEL), the Haitian chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (CHAIFEJ)


Where we work

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Tdh begins supporting Haitian children whose illnesses required treatment in Switzerland.
A school sponsoring programme is launched for hundreds of children.
A centre is created for children suffering acute malnutrition.
This centre becomes part of the Southern Regional Hospital in Les Cayes. It is managed in partnership with the authorities.
Tdh launches an emergency response following the earthquake in the Petit Goave region, west of Port-au-Prince. This includes different projects in the fields of protection, water and hygiene, and disaster risk management.
A project is opened in the Port-au-Prince agglomeration, a zone with extensive needs in terms of protecting children and young adults.
A juvenile justice project is launched.

Related publications

Analytical report: Child Fosterage and Child Domestic Work in Haiti in 2014
Annual report 2014 - Terre des hommes
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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