India

India has the largest number of malnourished children in the world. In addition, the country is prone to natural disasters. Many children are at risk of child labour, trafficking and violence, abuse or neglect. Our priorities are to decrease malnutrition among children and to protect them against exploitation. We also provide emergency assistance to families affected by natural disasters.

What we do

Mother and child health

In the Sundarbans region, Tdh is working to eliminate malnutrition among children under the age of five. Check-ups are carried out in the community to monitor growth of children and manage malnutrition. Affected children receive treatment in specialised centres. Our local experts encourage parents to develop a disaster-proof model of low cost, organic homestead gardening to improve dietary diversity.

Child protection

Tdh is protecting children affected by risky migration, promoting care and protection standards, and building capacities of professionals working in the field of child protection. One of our major goals is to ensure better child-based skills and knowledge amongst the government and other service providers working with children. In addition, Tdh provides technical guidance and support to its local partners for effective service delivery. Child labour exploitation in value chains is another area of our work.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Tdh works to improve access to drinking water, sanitation, and hand washing facilities through the construction of tube wells, hand washing stations and toilets. Children, community members, professionals working in education institutions and partners are sensitised on appropriate hygiene behaviours and ways to ensure the sustained functioning of water and sanitation facilities. Tdh promotes the use of ecological sanitation as a safe and sustainable solution in flood-prone areas.

"Manjuara, 9 months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition. After being admitted to hospital, she benefited from Tdh's project targeting malnutrition in India's West Bengal region."

Manjuara, a young girl cured of malnutrition

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in India

Beneficiaries in 2017

 

52,521 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

 

1 / 13

Budget 2018

 

CHF 1,219,510

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Timeline

1976
Terre des hommes starts working in India by helping local children’s education organisations.
1995
Launch of a project to support children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS.
2003
Start of a project to build 40 wells to ensure access to drinking water for 8,000 families.
2005
Two reconstruction projects were launched after the tsunami.
2008
Official opening of our delegation in India.
2016
Beginning of the project “I am in school” to support conflict-affected children by providing them with a safe environment.
2017
Rolling out of a project which focuses on organisational capacity building for civil society organisations working with survivors of exploitation and abuse.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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