Terre des hommes protects exploited children, whether they are forced to work in dangerous conditions or in the sex industry. Since the earthquake in 2015, our local teams have also been providing emergency care to children and their families.

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. 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 action

Following the earthquake, Tdh immediately set up mobile clinics in the villages with the help of local emergency aid experts. We provided those affected by the disaster with food and essential supplies such as hygiene items, blankets and tarpaulins. We repaired the water supply systems and built toilets and temporary schools to replace those that were destroyed. Thus far we have helped over 5,000 children and their parents and reconstruction efforts are ongoing.

Fighting exploitation

A lot of children in Nepal are the victims of sexual exploitation. Tdh works to eliminate this problem by creating reception centres where they can receive psychological care. We also help youths enrol in courses or start their own business. In 2015 alone, over 800 boys and girls were rescued from the sex industry. 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 newborn babies, whereas youths working in the sex industry are given educative talks on sexual health and the reproductive system. In 2014, more than 25,000 children were involved in initiatives organised by Tdh.


A great number of children are on the move in Nepal. Either they choose to leave their villages in the mountains in search of a better life or they are forced to leave by human traffickers. Both groups end up living in the cities or abroad without any support. Together with the government and local communities, Tdh is working to set up child protection committees and clubs to ensure these children receive proper care and couceling.

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


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Terre des hommes in Nepal

Beneficiaries in 2014

61,413 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 28

2016 Budget

CHF 2,320,043.-

Programme locations

Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kavre, Salyan, Humla

Local partners

Biswas, Change Nepal, Dalit Development Society, Saathi, SathSath, THIS, Urban Environment Management Society (UEMS), Nepal Red Cross Society, Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC), Forum for Wildlife & Environment Preserve (FOWEP), Nepal Government


Where we work

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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 working in Kathmandu to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex industry.
Tdh coordinates emergency response to help families and children affected by the earthquake.

Related publications

Annual report 2014 - Terre des hommes
Courage n°46 – Denouncing sexual exploitation
Courage No. 51 – To rise after the catastrophe

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