In Myanmar, poverty forces many children from rural areas to seek work in the cities. There they live on the streets or are detained in educational state institutions. Due to the insufficient capacity of the health system, more than 5% of children die before their fifth birthday. Our goal is to develop foster care as an alternative to state institutions for the children who cannot be reunited with their families. We also work towards better health care to reduce maternal and child mortality.

What we do

Child protection

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and local organisations, our experts help find the families and communities of street children being placed in institutions or at risk of exploitation throughout Myanmar. We follow the social reintegration of each child with its parents or extended family and provide access to education. We work with foster families to guarantee children who cannot go back to their families a protected and secure environment to grow up in. We also train and mentor governmental social workers to improve child protection.

Mother and child health

Terre des hommes helps vulnerable mothers, children, and pregnant women access better quality medical care and nutrition. Together with the community, we undertake monthly malnutrition screenings and provide children in need with food packages. Our experts train health staff and raise awareness among mothers and caregivers about health facilities. We also improve the infrastructure of health centres and support urban mobile clinics which provide care to poor families.

Juvenile Justice

In the region of Yangon, we collaborate with the MyJustice project, which improves judicial processes in Myanmar by ensuring that fundamental rights such as access to justice and legal counselling for poor and vulnerable people are upheld. We protect vulnerable children and raise awareness of concepts like child friendly justice and restorative justice, which gives young people in conflict with the law the possibility of an alternative to prison.

Natural disasters

Our teams helped the local populations to better respond to floods and other natural disasters. We worked with members of the communities to enable families to cover their basic needs by offering them financial support. Affected children also took part in social and educational activities led by our experts.

Despite her young age, Yee Yee’s story is already remarkable. In her two years of life, she has been cared for by five different women and girls, including in prison. She was recently reunited with her family.

Yee Yee, former street child


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Myanmar

Beneficiaries in 2016


27,063 people

Expatriate / National staff


2 / 34

Budget 2017


CHF 1,023,715.-

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Terre des hommes starts working in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. Our first actions include providing emergency supplies, rebuilding schools and communal toilets, and improving access to drinking water.
Start of a project, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare, to reunite children with their families.
Emergency aid provided following severe floods. In collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare, Tdh started working with families and communities to protect children who are not able to live with their families.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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