Kosovo

Kosovo is marked by inter-ethnic tensions and migration. Many children, particularly those belonging to marginalised groups, as well as returning migrant families, are affected by poverty and are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. To improve children’s lives, we develop the child protection system, as well as facilitate the reintegration of returned migrating families and defend minorities’ rights.

What we do

Child Protection

Due to lack of resources and coordination, Kosovo faces challenges in developing an effective child protection system. We promote policy and service improvement, in particular the implementation of the new law on child protection, specialised emergency services, and the child protection social worker. Our team trains child protection professionals to treat children at risk. Together with our partners, we mobilise and empower children, their families, and social leaders to address and improve the realisation of children’s rights in the communities. Additionally, we work on linking the child protection system with the juvenile justice system.

Migration and anti-trafficking

Poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and the lack of services drive people to emigrate. These families and children run great risks along the way, at their destination or upon return to Kosovo. We help returned migrants to reintegrate and improve their living conditions. We encourage children to attend school and provide after-school activities. Young people and parents receive support to set up income-generating activities and undergo vocational training. We also promote the social inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. We strengthen the anti-trafficking cooperation in the Balkans to identify victims of trafficking and provide services.

 

 
 

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

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Terre des hommes in Kosovo

Beneficiaries 2017

 

3095 people

Expatriate / local employees

 

1 / 23

Budget 2018

 

CHF 813,091.-

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

2000
Terre des hommes launches its first project in Kosovo, in the Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Svejan areas, to help children overcome the trauma of war.
2002
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 in society.
2005
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.
2010
Tdh committed to the building of an efficient Child Protection Safety Net in order to protect children against neglect, abuse, delinquency, trafficking and exploitation.
2015
Tdh has the lead in the drafting of the new Law on Child Protection jointly with the Prime Minister Office, which is expected to be approved by the Parliament 2018.
2015
Tdh Kosovo becomes a partner of the regional initiative - Child Protection Hub for South East Europe.
2016
Tdh begins the work on the reintegration of migrant families returning to Kosovo and on prevention of unsafe migration.
2017
Tdh provides long-term support for the implementation of the new Law on Child Protection and development other missing legislation and services.
2018
Tdh continues its work on trafficking of human beings in the Balkans, especially on the cross border cooperation, provision of community reintegration services and raising awareness.
2018
Tdh restarts its efforts to improve the juvenile justice field in Kosovo.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine No. 36 - Kosovo: Back into Childhood
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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