Terre des hommes protects exploited children in the brick industry and in adult entertainment. Following the 2015 earthquake, our local team constructs health facilities and trains government social workers to better protect children.

The situation in Nepal

The tragic earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 caused over 8,000 deaths, injured thousands and resulted in severe damage to property and wellbeing. But because of a fuel crisis, a long coordination process and the monsoon, efforts are still required until families can go back to a normal living. The country’s children are particularly at risk due to dire living conditions: water is rare and of poor quality, malnutrition is widespread, and education and medical care are practically non-existent. In some regions, children and youths are also exposed to forced labour and sexual exploitation.

What we do

Emergency intervention

Following the earthquake, Tdh immediately set up mobile clinics in the villages. We provided those affected by the disaster with essential supplies and built temporary schools to replace those that were destroyed. Tdh is now constructing health facilities and training governmental caregivers to ensure quality of medical care. Our experts also trained the community in trauma management, and established village child clubs who reduce child rights violations through advocacy and support. Thus far we have helped over 85,000 children and their parents and reconstruction efforts are on-going.

Fighting exploitation

A lot of children in Nepal are sexually exploited in dance bars, hotels, and on the street. Tdh provides them with health and psychosocial counselling. We support those of them who want to start their own small business, offer vocational training or link them back to their families. 600 youths are rescued from the adult entertainment sector each year. Our teams are also present in the Kathmandu valley where children working in brickyards are exposed to extremely dangerous conditions. We perform health check-ups and organise seminars to raise awareness of children’s rights and child protection.

Mother and child health

Tdh’s local teams are actively involved in improving healthcare for mothers and children. We train local staff, control quality and supply medical equipment where necessary. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are given advice on providing correct nourishment and caring for their newborns. Youths working in adult entertainment sector are counselled on sexual and reproductive health. In 2015, almost 13,000 children and parents participated in activities organised by Tdh.


A great number of children are on the move in Nepal. They leave their villages in rural areas in search of a better life or under the influence of false promises by human traffickers. Instead of a bright future, many become victims of exploitation, particularly in the adult entertainment sector. In order to prevent risky migration and to ensure that children at risk receive required support, our experts are counselling children on safe migration in collaboration with the government and local communities.

On Saturday 25 April 2015 Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries, was hit by a devastating earthquake. Thousands of civilians died and many more were injured, including three-year old Bivisha, who suffered a fractured leg.

Bivisha, earthquake survivor


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Nepal

Beneficiaries in 2014

121,942 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 27

2016 Budget

CHF 2,320,043.-

Programme locations

Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavre, Salyan, Humla

Local partners

Biswas, Change Nepal, Dalit Development Society, Saathi, SathSath, The Himalayan Innovative Society THIS, Urban Environment Management Society (UEMS), Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Salyan, Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC), Forum for Wildlife & Environment Preserve (FOWEP), Government of Nepal (Central Child Welfare Board, Monitoring Action Committee, Family Health Division, National Health Training Centre)

Supported by


Terre des hommes begins work in Nepal with the opening of a hospital for physically disabled children in the Kathmandu valley. The hospital was taken over by a local partner in 1992.
Launch of a broad-ranging programme offering medical care, education and community training in 20 rural areas.
Start of a project to reduce malnutrition among children.
Child protection project launched in the mid-western region of Nepal
Tdh starts starts working in Kathmandu to prevent the exploitation of children in the adult entertainment sector.
Tdh coordinates emergency response to help families and children affected by the earthquake.

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Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Courage n°46 – Denouncing sexual exploitation
Courage No. 51 – To rise after the catastrophe

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