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The war in Ukraine has forced more than 14 million people to leave their homes in search of a safer place.  Since 2015, Tdh has been providing various services to children, young people and their families in Eastern Ukraine, with a focus on psychosocial support. Until the full-scale Russian invasion of 2022, we have implemented a wide range of projects, including on youth entrepreneurship, participation of children and youth in decision-making, access to innovation, creation of social projects by children and young people themselves, as well as individual case management for mines victims. At the moment, we are providing assistance for internally displaced people in the West of the country.

What we do

Child Protection

To protect children at risk, we strengthen the child protection system by mobilising the communities and working with professionals in this field. 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 conflict. 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.


In Ukraine, migration affects children in different ways: some children migrate with their parents or are left behind with other caregivers while their parents migrate to other countries. In order to reduce the impact of this phenomenon and ensure that child rights are respected, we work together with organisations and institutions from Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. For the first time at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, a Research Center for the Study of Transnational Families has been created, and the knowledge will be translated into policies and activities. We will combine trainings and awareness activities for service providers and transnational families.

Humanitarian aid

Tdh provides humanitarian aid to the displaced families in Western Ukraine, either living in reception centres or in communities. Like in the border countries, our teams assess and respond to the basic, health, protection and psychological needs of children, youth and families. Child-friendly spaces and mother-baby-corners are set up. They help people stay safe as we inform them about available services and raise awareness of potential risks. We also build and support a network of frontline service providers and work with authorities to coordinate the humanitarian response.

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 2021


4984 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


0 / 20

Budget 2021


CHF 610,000


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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 psychosocial support to children, introduction of art therapy methodology, support to students, graduates of vocational schools and their families in the East of 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.
The online platform has been created and gathered more than 100 young people in the East of Ukraine who joined Takeover Day in NGOs and local governments.
Tdh prepares humanitarian aid activities to respond to the needs created by the Russian invasion.

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