Nepal is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. It still requires efforts for families to get back to a normal life after the 2015 earthquake. Children are at risk of malnutrition and medical care is limited. In some regions, they are exposed to exploitation. Our local team constructs health facilities and works to improve children’s health. We protect children exploited by the brick industry and adult entertainment.

What we do

Fighting exploitation

A lot of children in Nepal are sexually exploited in dance bars, hotels and on the street. Tdh provides them with healthcare and psychosocial counselling. We support them to start their own small businesses, offer vocational training or reunite them with their families. Our teams are also present in the Kathmandu valley where children working in brick kilns are exposed to extremely dangerous conditions. We perform health check-ups and organise community workshops 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. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are given advice on how to provide correct nourishment and care for their newborns. In mother groups, we promote mother and child health and educate them on the importance of checking their children for malnutrition. Additionally, youths working in the adult entertainment sector are counselled on sexual and reproductive health.


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 influenced by the false promises of 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 necessary support, our experts are counselling children on safe migration in collaboration with the government and local communities.

Emergency intervention

Following the earthquake, Tdh immediately set up mobile clinics in 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 public healthcare professionals to ensure the quality of medical care. Our experts also trained the community in trauma management, and established village child clubs which reduce child rights violations through advocacy and support.

"Today I feel more sure of myself. I want to learn to sew so I can be a seamstress in my village and not have to rely on seasonal work."

Binita, works six month a year in a brick kiln since she is eight or nine years old


Where we work

Terre des hommes in Nepal

Beneficiaries in 2016


36,072 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


2 / 26

Budget 2017


CHF 2,055,902.-

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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 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 2017
Courage n°46 – Denouncing sexual exploitation
Courage No. 51 – To rise after the catastrophe

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