The situation in Mauritania
66% of the Mauritania’s population lives below the poverty line. Many children do not have a roof over their heads and are forced to work on the streets. Making a living in rural areas and in the surrounding countries is tough. As a result, many parents send their children to the main towns in Mauritania to work as domestic maids and servants. These children are often exploited, with some being forced to work more than 15 hours a day without pay.
What we do
Mother and child health
Hoping to provide Fatou with opportunities for the future, her parents sent her to work for a Mauritanian family as a domestic servant. However, the situation quickly deteriorated. Fatou’s employers began abusing her, beating her daily and withholding her
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Terre des hommes in Mauritania
Beneficiaries in 2014
Expatriate staff / National staff
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Nouakchott, Nouadhibou, Rosso
Department for Children, Regional Department for Health and Social Welfare and for Children, Department for the Legal Protection of Children, Special Unit for Minors, National Cardiology Centre, Association of Female Heads of Households, Association for Children and Development in Mauritania
Where we work
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international development cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). By providing financial means, it supports more than forty projects of Terre des hommes in several geographical regions. Terre des hommes cooperates directly with the SDC, particularly with the departments Regional Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Cooperation with Eastern Europe.
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECI) is an entity within the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (SECI). Its objective is the promotion, management and implementation of public policies on international cooperation to fight against poverty and for sustainable human development in developing countries. The AECI supports several projects of Tdh in Latin America and Africa.
UNICEF is a UN agency that promotes children’s rights, ensures their development and fights against all poverty, violence, disease and discrimination they may face. UNICEF supports the activities of Tdh in various fields, such as in the fight against child trafficking, juvenile justice, malnutrition, in psychosocial activities or in emergency operations.
Founded in 1989, the FEDEVACO (Fédération vaudoise de coopération – Swiss cooperation federation) unites about 40 different NGOs in the area of development and cooperation, including Terre des hommes. The FEDEVACO is a privileged partner of the public entities at national, cantonal and municipal level when it comes to financing development projects in countries of the global South and East. These projects are subject to strict regulations imposed by a Technical Commission which consists of expert volunteers with profound experience and knowledge of field work.