Terre des hommes advocates for the rights of all children living in Switzerland. Irrespective of their status or their papers, every child has the right to their own bed, warm clothing in winter, decent healthcare and to attend school. Defending the ever-growing number of unaccompanied migrant children on Swiss soil is one of our main priorities. Our aim is to ensure that they are provided with decent accommodation, have access to education and healthcare, and that their welfare is always taken into account when decisions are made on their behalf.
Tdh arranges for disadvantaged children to be transferred to Switzerland when they cannot be operated on in their own country. These children are often suffering from heart disease and are treated and operated on in one of our partner hospitals. Before and after their operation, these children are cared for at La Maison, a children’s care establishment in Massongex, before finally returning home. Each year, over 200 children are supervised, comforted and looked after by the professional teachers and medical staff at La Maison.
In Switzerland, Terre des hommes can count on the support of over 2,000 volunteers. Divided into 21 groups across several regions, they organise various events such as orange sales and sponsored walks to raise awareness of children’s rights amd Tdh's work among the public. These events are a much-needed means of collecting donations for our programmes and projects on the ground. Tdh has been extremely fortunate to have a wide base of volunteers from day one. They are one of the pillars of our foundation and allow us to differentiate ourselves from other organisations.