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Due to the troublesome economic and social context in Moldova, many children live in poverty or have to cope for themselves because their parents work abroad. Some are at risk or are victims of neglect and abuse or turn to juvenile delinquency. Children from marginalised communities often face discrimination. To prevent violations of children’s rights and better assist child victims, we actively strengthen the child protection system.

What we do


To create a safer environment for children’s development, our local teams and partners mobilise families, communities and the authorities to identify and protect children at risk or victims of neglect, abuse, discrimination or exploitation. We work together with schools to ensure disadvantaged children are better integrated and receive psychological support in toy libraries, group activities and summer camps. We also reinforce services to children by providing information, training professionals who work with children and developing policies which are better adapted to the specific needs and interests of children.


Terre des hommes carries out campaigns to raise awareness about the negative effects that migration can have on children left behind by their migrating parents. Our local experts help children to cope with the emotional challenges related to their parents’ absence, inform parents on how to maintain a sound relationship with their children, and train professionals to assist families affected by migration. At the same time, to protect migrating families in their destination country in Russia, the hotline supported by Tdh offers free legal assistance to families in difficulty.

Juvenile justice

We work with authorities and professionals to better prevent juvenile delinquency and support children in conflict with the law. Our goal is to build in the Moldovan educational system an effective and sustainable mechanism for preventing delinquent behaviour among children. Equally, we develop programmes for children in conflict with the law in order to reduce the possibility for recidivism. We advocate for the respect of rights and the protection of children in conflict with the law.

Nicu and Sandu come from a poor background and were regularly missing school to search for food. Thanks to local social workers, the two brothers are now entitled to free meals at school.

Nicu and Sandu, Tdh beneficiaries in Moldova


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Moldova

Beneficiaries 2016


25,185 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 14

Budget 2017


CHF 445,124.-



Supported by


Terre des hommes starts working in Moldova by supporting authorities to prevent and fight child trafficking.
Launch of our project in the Russian Federation and Ukraine to protect Moldovan children on the move.
Launch of the Hotline for Moldovan migrants at risk in the Russian Federation.
Terre des hommes starts its juvenile justice programme to support children in contact with the law.
Moldova becomes part of the regional Initiative Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe.
The intervention on the education and social inclusion of Roma children and families has started.
The national information campaign “Families without Borders” addressing children left behind is launched.

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Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Courage n° 59 – Going back to school, a special event for Roma children
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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