Terre des hommes works hand in hand with the local authorities in Togo to achieve its main objective of protecting children from exploitation, abuse and the dangers of migration. Tdh also organises surgery for children suffering from heart disease, either in Togo or in Europe, if necessary.

The situation in Togo

Severe poverty means that many children in Togo are exposed to the risk of exploitation and abuse. 44% of children are forced to work and one fifth do not attend school. The health system is inadequate and most families cannot afford medical care. As a result, child mortality is very high. This combination of factors means that most youths have no choice but to seek work in the towns or nearby countries.

What we do

Fighting exploitation

Our local teams provide protection to children that have been victims of exploitation and abuse. They listen to their story and protect their fundamental rights. They provide the children with school supplies where necessary and support them as they return to school or enrol in a professional training course. Terre des hommes helps them purchase the equipment needed for their new profession. In 2014, 360 foster parents received training and financial support in order to take in and protect vulnerable children.

Specialised care

As part of our specialised care programme, we arrange for medical teams from hospitals in Switzerland to travel to Togo in order to provide consultations and operate on impoverished children. Tdh also organises for children suffering from heart disease, among other conditions, to be transferred to Europe if they cannot be operated on in their home country. Once they have recovered from the procedure, they can return home. One of our local partners then follows their progress to ensure that they remain in good health. In 2014, 300 children benefitted from this initiative.

Migrant children

Thanks to a network that now spans five countries, our social workers are able to help children that wish to leave their home town by protecting them against exploitation. As soon as they start their journey, the children know exactly where they can get help. They will be fed, receive shelter, get useful information and receive care and protection. If they have been subject to violence they will receive immediate support. A Togolese radio station recently aired a programme covering the issue of child migrants in order to raise awareness.

Afi, who has worked from a very young age to support her family, only narrowly escaped a forced marriage. With Tdh’s support, she has successfully completed a dressmaker’s apprenticeship and is now training her own apprentice.

Afi, a qualified dressmaker in Lomé


Terre des hommes in Togo

Beneficiaries in 2014

5,719 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 30

2015 Budget

CHF 773,363.-

Programme locations

Lomé, Accra (Ghana), Aného, Kara and the prefecture of Akébou

Local partners

Ministry for Social Affairs, Department of Child Protection


Where we work

Supported by


Start of Terre des hommes’ activities in Togo with the launch of medical transfers for children requiring specialised surgery.
Inauguration of a drop-in centre for missing children and victims of abuse.

Related publications

Annual report 2014 - Terre des hommes
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2014
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking

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