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

In Togo, families are confronted with several challenges: low income, missing birth registration and a lack of child protection. Many children are vulnerable and at the risk of exploitation and abuse. 44% of children are forced to work under difficult conditions and one fifth do not attend school. Due to the lacking perspectives, many youths migrate towards the cities or nearby countries.

What we do

Fighting exploitation and abuse

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 2015, almost 3700 exploited or abused children were supported.

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 2015, 32 children were brought to Europe in order to get an adequate treatment.

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. In Togo, a network of journalists aware of the migration issues support the activities of Tdh.

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 2015

80,204 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 28

2015 Budget

CHF 773,363.-

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 2015.
Specialised care programme - Annual Report 2015
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems

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