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Bordering Syria, Lebanon is hosting approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees and almost 470,000 Palestinian refugees. Multiple humanitarian crises – the worsening socio-economic situation, COVID-19, the Beirut’s blast and the protracted Syrian crisis – have exposed children to increased protection risks such as exploitation, abuse, harassment, physical, psychological and emotional violence but also gender-based violence. Terre des hommes (Tdh) works with local partners to provide them with appropriate services, to raise awareness on children’s rights and to foster community engagement on child protection issues. Tdh is also involved in promoting a child-friendly justice system through capacity building activities.

What we do

Children and young people in migration

Tdh and local partners protect children at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, children that are affected by conflict, in child labour or out of school. We provide psychosocial activities, awareness raising and positive parenting sessions as well as cash assistance. We build the capacities of local stakeholders such as municipalities, social development centres, community and faith-based leaders, and the police. Tdh supports children through the mitigation of protection shocks implied by the pandemic, distributing food and non-food items as well as cash assistance and supporting children in two isolation centres for COVID-19. In addition, Tdh has started family and community based alternative care for separated or unaccompanied children due to COVID-19.

Access to Justice

Tdh supports the implementation of child-friendly restorative justice and the synergies between formal and informal justice systems – legal pluralism. Tdh strengthens the justice system by supporting children on improved prevention services and achieving reintegration of children in conflict with the law. Representatives from the formal and informal Lebanese justice system are trained in child protection, children’s rights and child justice. Tdh is one of the only organisations to document the mechanisms of customary justice in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon and to strengthen the abilities of religious judges – as part of the formal justice system - to promote restorative justice in family law that respects children’s rights.

Humanitarian aid

On August 4th, 2020, the Beirut’s port explosion killed more than 200 people and injured more than 6000. Some families found themselves in even more precarious situations and with no options for meeting basic needs. Tdh and its local partner provided individual follow-up and emergency cash assistance to support them with the coverage of basic needs, mental health support services, distribution of hygiene kits, awareness raising activities and first aid training. The activities mitigated the child protection risks and brought back positive thoughts and a feeling of hope among families.

Protecting children in Lebanon

Surviving early marriage and war: The 18 year old girl introduces herself as an early marriage “survivor”. She has already referred many cases of early-married girls to Tdh in Lebanon.

Lely, early married girl that had to flee Syria


Terre des hommes in Lebanon

Beneficiaries 2020


12,126 people

Expatriate / local employees


3 / 60

Budget 2020


CHF 3,207,005.-




Where we work

Supported by


First Terre des hommes project in Lebanon in the context of the civil war.
Initiation of the project for Palestinian refugees.
Start of the project to face the Syrian crisis.
Research to strengthen the structure of child-oriented restorative justice and start of the access to justice programme.
Terre des hommes joined forces and built a holistic response for children and their families affected by the Beirut blast through an emergency intervention.
The research “Understanding Child Marriage amongst Syrian Refugee Communities in Jordan and Lebanon” (2016-2020) conducted by Dr. Aisha Hutchinson (University of Bedfordshire, UK), was published.

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Annual report 2021
Terre des hommes COVID-19 Rapid Needs Assessment in the Palestinian Camps of Lebanon
Stand up for Social Change: Towards better prevention and protection of most vulnerable children and youth from violence, abuse and exploitation
Making a positive impact for children - MENA Annual Report 2020
Courage N° 72: Syria: 10 years of war

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