In Togo, 44% of children work under difficult conditions and one fifth does not attend school. Due to the lack of opportunities, many young people migrate towards the cities or nearby countries. Many of them face exploitation and abuse. Terre des hommes’ priority is the protection of children against the risks and dangers related to mobility. We work with host families to guarantee children a protected environment.

What we do

Migrating children

Thanks to a network spanning 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. We also support families, help children reintegrate into the school system and assist young people who would like to start vocational training.

Fighting exploitation and abuse

Our local teams provide protection to children that have been victims of exploitation and abuse. We identify these children, listen to them and put them in contact with host families to offer them a protected environment. They are provided with school supplies, where necessary, and supported as they return to school or enrol in professional training courses. Terre des hommes helps them purchase the equipment needed for their new profession.

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 they can return home. One of our local partners then follows their progress to ensure that they remain in good health and supports them in their reintegration into school.

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


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Terre des hommes in Togo

Beneficiaries in 2016

91,641 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 13

2017 Budget

CHF 333,000.-

Programme locations

Lomé, Accra (Ghana), Maritime Region and Plateaux Region

Local partners

Ministries for Social Action, for the promotion of the woman and alphabetization, Unicef Togo, Plan International Togo, International Organization for Migration, Bornefonden, SOS Children Village, Wao Africa, ETC, CCAEM( Coordination committee of the actions for children on the move), RELUTET (Network for the fight against the trafficking of children in Togo), RAO-Togo


Where we work

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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.
Launch of the protection project for unaccompanied minors on the move in West Africa.

Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2017
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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