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The ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine poses difficult challenges for children and youth. To mitigate the negative consequences of the conflict, Terre des hommes (Tdh) provides psychosocial support to children and caregivers. Through an innovative non-formal education tool, a FabLab, Tdh helps young people to improve their livelihood and strengthen their employability.

What we do

Child Protection

We use various methodologies such as YouCreate to empower children and young people and to improve their social interaction at school, within their families and in the community. This makes them more resilient to the stress caused by the military conflict. We also create and equip child-friendly spaces and train education professionals to provide psychosocial activities and to improve the protection of children. By developing the life skills of young people with the help of the innovative non-formal education space FabLab, Tdh supports adolescents to integrate in a professional environment. The acquired social and digital skills help them improve their livelihood and strengthen their employability.

Before the conflict, Pavlo was good in school and loved athletics. But during the first months with his new classmates, he felt lonely and aggressive and could not play sports. Until the day his teacher invited him to the “ludoteka”.

Pavlo, internally displaced child in Ukraine


Terre des hommes in Ukraine

Beneficiaries in 2020


4797 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


2 / 15

Budget 2020


CHF 870,000


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Terre des hommes starts its humanitarian aid mission in Ukraine, which included direct material (such as food parcels or direct cash support) and psychosocial support to families.
The work in Ukraine transfers focus from humanitarian aid intervention to development.
Tdh sets up child-friendly spaces and supports psychosocial activities in schools.
A FabLab was established to encourage innovation and creativity by use of digital technologies.
Tdh provides support to students, graduates of vocational schools and their families in Eastern Ukraine to start income generation activities or increase their employability.
40 children and 18 family members who are mine victims received Tdh support in a joint project with UNICEF Ukraine.

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