1. Why the name “Terre des Hommes”?
The name Terre des Hommes was inspired to the founder Edmond Kaiser. In French, “Terre des Hommes” expresses the concept of a “human earth”, referring to human values such as responsibility of everyone in building a better world; cooperation among each other, and the potential inherent in each child to develop great talents if protected, cared for and loved. Responsibility, cooperation and child talents are core values that guide the mission of Terre des Hommes as an non-governmental organization.
2. What are the main activities of Terre des Hommes?
Terre des Hommes supports and runs 840 development and humanitarian aid projects to improve the living conditions of the most underprivileged children, their families and communities in 64 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East (2013 data).
Terre des Hommes also runs national and international public awareness campaigns focused on child rights seeking for policy changes and durable solutions, which complement local programmatic responses. Programs and campaigns are designed on the basis of the views of children, whose voices are at the core of Terre des Hommes actions.
3. What is our current main campaign?
Terre des Hommes is currently leading Destination Unknown, an international campaign to protect children on the move. 35 millions children cross borders to migrate each year. Additional millions move within their country. Destination Unknown demands the protection of all children in mobility and migration contexts, without any kind of discrimination, as per the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Destination Unknown is based on the principle according to which children have the right to move and to be protected in their mobility, be they accompanied or not. Their mobility can represent a potential for their future life and personal development, but it also increases their vulnerability and risk of being exploited.
To know more about Destination Unknown campaign, visit destination-unknown.org
4. What are the sources of funding of TDH?
52% of the global income of Terre des Hommes organizations comes from the General Public. The remaining funding sources are coming from Government Funds (22%), the European Union (8%), Corporates (5%) and the UN (3%). 80% of the funds go directly to field programs work. This ensures a solid independance as well as high standards of accountability of TDHIF and its member organizations at national, European, and international level. TDHIF is a member of the INGO Accountability Charter, an initiative of international NGOs towards transparency, accountability and effectiveness standards. TDHIF was ranked among top 100 international NGOs by The Global Journal in 2013.
5. What about next plans?
A new and innovative project on Mega Sporting Events (MSEs) and child rights was started in February 2014: Children Win. It aims at increasing global awareness and social pressure on those responsible for commissioning and staging MSEs. Its main objectives are to show both positive and negative effects of MSEs on children and to establish adequate child protection measures as a standard in the realization of MSEs. 2014 Brazil World Cup™ will be an opportunity to anchor the project on a specific major sports event and feed our analysis. This project is coordinated by the TDHIF International Secretariat, jointly implemented by TDH member organizations, and supported by the Oak Foundation.
2015 World Congress on Juvenile Justice
Terre des Hommes and the Swiss Government co-organises the World Congress on Juvenile Justice, to be held in January 2015 in Geneva. Being the juvenile justice system a critical element for the respect of the best interest of children, the congress aims at promoting the implementation of existing norms and standards through the exchange of experiences, innovations and best practices. State actors and civil society will be called on for taking action for improved cooperation between the relevant stakeholders in each country, as well as for regional and international cooperation.