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Kosovo, still a young state, is marked by inter-ethnic tensions. Many children, particularly those belonging to marginalised groups, as well as returning migrant families, are affected by poverty. Thus, rather than to go to school, children sometimes resort to begging and are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. We strengthen child protection systems, facilitate the reintegration of returned migrating children and defend disadvantaged minorities’ rights.

What we do


State institutions and social services suffer from a lack of resources and coordination. To ensure that children are protected against all forms of abuse, trafficking and exploitation, Terre des hommes is supporting the government in its efforts to improve the legal framework and is promoting cooperation among the child protection services at municipal and national level.


Terre des hommes is working together with the University of Prishtina/Priština to improve and develop training programmes for social workers with a focus on child protection. We also established a system of ‘case-management roundtables’ which have been operating since 2007. These roundtables are made up of professionals from different sectors such as education, health and law enforcement who work together to identify children in danger and decide how best to help them. Our specialists accompany the social workers during their daily work to ensure the best interest of the child is met.

Migrant children

Families and children who migrate run great risks, whether along the way, at their destination or upon returning to Kosovo. They are willing to take these risks only because of economic hardship or violations of their rights at home. Tdh helps parents set up an income-generating activity, encourages children to attend school and makes it possible for them to take part in after-school activities. In addition, we work closely with national anti-trafficking coordinators in Albania and Kosovo to strengthen cross-border cooperation, and improve both the regulatory framework and the services for children on the move.

Inclusion of marginalised communities

The Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities are minorities in Kosovo and many of them live in very precarious conditions. We improve the social inclusion of those communities with afterschool support programmes for children and by promoting an improved child protection system. Governmental institutions and local civil society are also trained to develop and implement successful models for social inclusion.

Terre des hommes, helping the children of Kosovo.

The last time Natia, 12, begged in the streets was two years ago. "The school is a long way from home, but I make sure I can go regularly. I'd like to be a policewoman when I grow up, so I can help and protect people."

Natia, a Tdh beneficiary in Gjakova, Kosovo


Terre des hommes in Kosovo

Beneficiaries 2016


3622 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 14

Budget 2017


CHF 820,000.-




Where we work

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Terre des hommes launches its first project in Kosovo, in the Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Svejan areas, to help children overcome the trauma of war.
Beginning of the juvenile justice project in Prishtina/Priština to support young people who have turned to delinquency as a result of the conflict and help them reintegrate society.
In collaboration with Tdh Albania, assistance is provided to Albanian children who are forced to beg or commit offences in the streets of cities in Kosovo.
Tdh committed to the building of an efficient Child Protection Safety Net (CPSN) in order to protect children against neglect, abuse, delinquency, trafficking and exploitation.
Tdh has the lead in the drafting the new Law on Child Protection jointly with the Prime Minister Office, which will be approved by the Parliament in September, 2016.

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