Fleeing from the conflict in Somalia, hundreds of children find themselves separated from their families in the Dadaab refugee camps. Around 200,000 people live in the Korogocho slum in a 1,5 km2 space on the outskirts of Nairobi, of which 40% are children. Terre des hommes protects children from exploitation, violence and abuse. Our teams also work alongside government health staff in the Garissa district to alleviate the effects of malnutrition in children.

What we do

Child protection

Our local experts work to protect children’s rights in refugee camps in Dadaab and the Korogocho slum in Nairobi. Through community-based activities in the camps, we strengthen the capacity of children and their parents to protect themselves against violence, exploitation, child marriage and discrimination. In Korogocho and Garissa, we identify children who require emergency assistance because they are either living alone or suffering from violence, negligence or abuse, and we provide educational support for those who have dropped out of school.

Mother and child health

Together with the local communities and health services, we provide care to children suffering from malnutrition and take action to limit the number affected by this condition in regions prone to drought. Our experts work to improve the quality and quantity of food given to pregnant women and children in hospitals in order to avoid stunted growth and implement emergency response systems.

Today, as Xavier Colin meets Aisha, she is smiling. However, not so long ago, she was suffering from severe heart failure. Identified by Tdh, Aisha could go for open-heart surgery and is now able to go to school.

Aisha, is living in the slum of Korogocho.


The children from Korogocho on the search for a normal life

Terre des hommes in Kenya

Beneficiaries in 2018


135,062 people

Expatriate / National staff


1 / 48

2019 Budget


CHF 1,900,000.-


Where we work

Supported by


Start of Terre des hommes’ mission in Kenya. Tdh has worked in Kenya since 2011 in Garissa County, when we responded to the Horn of Africa famine.
Start of projects in the Kambioos refugee camp in Dadaab for Somalian refugees.
Initiation of protection projects in the slum of Korogocho in the outskirts of Nairobi.
Launch of activities in Hagadera camp of Dadaab.

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