In Haiti, a country that is vulnerable to natural disasters, only 20% of school-age children are enrolled. Especially the ones living on the streets risk exploitation, violence, being trafficked or mistreatment. We support communities and the government to protect their rights. Our local experts also improve families' access to water, better hygiene conditions and provide training to prevent risks associated with natural hazards.

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; or forced to work, while helping them return to their families. We involve communities and the authorities in our work by providing training and awareness sessions. In Corail and Canaan, we constructed two community centres which can also be used as emergency shelters in natural disaster situations. On the national level we are putting in place a foster family concept in collaboration with local partners, so that every child can grow up in a family environment.

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.

Juvenile Justice

We work with young people in conflict with the law to support them both in the management of their case and in their time in prison. Our social workers and psychologists provide educative and psychosocial activities that aim at their development and preparation for social reinsertion. We also find their families, with whom their relationship has often broken down. Finally, upon their release from prison, we offer them the possibility to pursue professional training or to start an income-generating activity to prevent recidivism.

Basic needs

Following the hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, Tdh set up an emergency response for the most affected people. The distribution of tool kits made it possible for 2300 people to repair their homes and get back to acceptable living conditions. Recreational and psychosocial activities were organized in 4 places dedicated to the children. This allowed us to help strengthen the resilience of more than 1800 youth and assist them to get over their traumas.

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.

Maria, one of the three girls placed in a residential centre


Terre des hommes in Haiti

Beneficiaries 2016


22,416 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 70

Budget 2017


CHF 706,617.-




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.
Emergency aid for the provision of basic needs after the hurricane Matthew in the Departement Sud, where people were most affected.

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Related publications

Analytical report: Child Fosterage and Child Domestic Work in Haiti in 2014
Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Courage No. 56 - Haïti, stronger than the storm

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