Terre des hommes (uk)

About Tdh UK

Children are the first to suffer in times of war, disasters and poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide.

Who we are

Terre des hommes UK (Tdh UK) is a child rights charity promoting the rights of children and their families in over 45 countries worldwide. We were first registered with the Charity Commission in September 2016, reference 1169367, as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

We are part of the Swiss-based Terre des Hommes family, which has been working for children since 1960. At this early stage of our development, we are financially sponsored and technically supported by the Terre des hommes Foundation in Lausanne, though we are institutionally independent of them with our own Board of Trustees.

Today, the Tdh Foundation is a significant force among children’s aid organisations in Switzerland and throughout the world. It is the largest non-governmental organisation (NGO) for children’s aid in Switzerland with emergency relief and development programmes .


Our Approach

Our experts provide support to children who are forced to work, unfairly imprisoned, and made to leave their homes. We prevent children from being exploited and ensure these children can develop themselves in a safe environment. Through making the voices of vulnerable children heard – regardless of where they live – we raise awareness of their needs and ensure their right to a childhood is respected. 

We also ensure that children and their families benefit from proper healthcare. Our innovative projects improve access to medical care, water and sanitation in the most underprivileged communities worldwide, improving not just the health of those we reach, but also the health systems they access.

We provide swift aid to children and families affected by disaster and conflict. These emergency measures are followed up by long-term development programmes which promote sustainable development, focussing on the immediate needs of children and their families without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.