Ukrainian emergency
The children of Ukraine and their families need your help!  


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, Terre des hommes (Tdh) actively strengthen the child protection system. The war in Ukraine has forced more than 14 million people to leave their homes, either within their country or abroad and we support them with child-friendly spaces and mother baby corners.

What we do

Child Protection

To create a safer environment for children’s development, our team and partners mobilise families, communities and public authorities to protect children who are at risk or victims of neglect, abuse, discrimination or exploitation. We work with schools to ensure disadvantaged children are integrated and can receive psychological support in toy libraries, summer camps, and through group activities. In local communities, we focus on preventing violence against children, strengthening families, and increasing children’s resilience. We advocate for high quality child protection services and build the capacity of professionals to effectively deliver these services to children.


We work with local communities, parents, and professionals to improve the protection of children left behind due to parents’ migration and to strengthen families affected by migration. At the national level, we raise awareness about migration and how to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of migration on children. 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.

Access to justice

Tdh works with justice, education, and child protection institutions and professionals in preventing juvenile delinquency and supporting children in conflict with the law. Our goal is to build effective and sustainable programmes and services that prevent juvenile delinquency, reduce recidivism, and ensure that children at risk of committing an offence are properly protected. Our specialists provide training and resources for professionals, strengthening their ability to understand and respond to children’s specific needs. We advocate for policy improvements and for the development and implementation of child delinquency prevention programmes.

Humanitarian aid

Due to the Ukrainian crisis, we launched an emergency response in Moldova, Hungary and Romania. In reception centres and train stations, our mobile teams improve the wellbeing and protection of women and children: they provide them with hygiene, cash or food needs, information and psychosocial support and refer them to specialised services if needed. We set up several child friendly spaces where children are listened to and can play as well as baby and mother corners for mothers to take a break and get materials for their babies.

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


Terre des hommes in Moldova

Beneficiaries 2020


17,993 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 15

Budget 2020


CHF 455,043.-




Where we work

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Terre des hommes (Tdh) 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.
Tdh begins the long-term process of overall strengthening of the national child protection system of Moldova.
Tdh opens the first child-friendly and safe spaces, called toy libraries (ludotecas), where children and parents can play and develop their psychosocial abilities. Over the years, more than 60 such spaces were created.
Launch of the Hotline for Moldovan migrants at risk in the Russian Federation.
Tdh starts its juvenile justice programme to support children in contact with the law.
Tdh Moldova becomes a founding partner of the regional initiative Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe.
The educational and social inclusion of Roma children and families becomes one of our priorities.
Tdh begins the development and application of an innovative programme to address the gender stereotypes that can lead to child abuse.
The national information campaign “Families without Borders” addressing the protection of children left behind is launched.
Tdh initiated a national advocacy campaign to revise Moldovan legislation with a view of improving protection and availability of specialized services for children in conflict with the law and below the age of criminal responsibility.
Tdh carried out the campaign “Daddy, let’s play together!” which aims to raise awareness among parents about the benefits of active engagement of fathers in children’s education.
Children from 30 schools across the country organised the campaign “I choose to promote non-violence”, marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Tdh Moldova implemented YouCreate project – creative community initiatives carried out by youth for youth. 27 initiatives addressed youth issues in 25 communities around the country through 245 activities.

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