Palestinians live in very precarious conditions as a result of recurring conflict, the fragmentation of the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza strip. Military operations destroy or damage homes and public infrastructures including schools. This situation forces many children to work to support their family. We protect children from exploitation and help them attend school or receive training. Our local experts work to ensure the justice system takes into account children's rights.

What we do


In the three child protection centres in the northern Gaza Strip, our social workers raise awareness about the dangers of child labour and the importance of education among children, parents and community members. They also provide support to the most vulnerable families to ensure that children can go to school or receive training. Young victims of exploitation receive psychological and social assistance.

Juvenile Justice

We defend children's rights at all levels of the justice system in the governorates of Hebron, Bethlehem and Gaza. Our local juvenile justice experts provide legal assistance to young people in conflict with the law, improve awareness of children's rights, and coordinate those involved in juvenile justice, including unofficial players such as customary judges. Alternatives to detention for children were concretely initiated with a new law, for the first time in Palestine in 2016.

Standing alongside the children victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly half a century

At only 13 years of age, Mahmoud worked before and after school to help his brothers and sisters. He had no time to study or play with friends. Tdh's Future Hope Centre is now giving him the support he needs to succeed at school.

Mahmoud, a Tdh beneficiary in the Gaza Strip


Terre des hommes in Palestine

Beneficiaries 2016


95,207 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 15

Budget 2017


CHF 793,007.-




Where we work


Tdh launches a project to fight child malnutrition in the West Bank.
A centre is opened in the Gaza Strip.
A mother and child health project is launched in the Jenin district.
A psychological and social support project is launched in Jenin and Hebron.
A juvenile justice project is launched.
Immediately after the war, Tdh distributes emergency kits to families in Gaza.
Following the latest war, Tdh rebuilds 29 schools that were destroyed.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
Thematic Policy - Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises

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