Our International Projects

Young women sell their bananas in a marketbooth.

Against violence and for agricultural perspectives

All our youth initiatives aim for sustainable structural change. They support young people in urban areas who are making a stand against violence. They support youth groups in rural areas that are creating prospects for a sustainable life in the countryside with measures to protect the environment and an ecological approach to agriculture.

Ein junger Mann macht lokales Radio in Chalate.

To encounter the consequences of violence

Over 10 years of civil war have left deep scars on the country. The consequences are still visible today. For many people, violence and unemployment are part of everyday life, and the gulf between rich and poor is very deep. Because of the traumatic experiences that people suffered during the war, psychological and social intervention is extremely important.

Zwei junge schwarze Frauen aus Kolumbien sitzen nebeneinander.

It's a long way to peace

The armed conflict between the FARC rebels and the government ended in 2016. While this may still be a long way to a real peace in Colombia, the end of the armed conflict makes it possible for social actors to begin building it. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz actively promote peace.

Eine Junge näht ein hellrotes Kleid.

Strengthen the rights of children and adolescents

In Mozambique, the main focuses of our work are on HIV/Aids and rural development. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz work to champion the rights of children and young people, and to help women and girls working in rural areas.

Children and adolecents stand in a backyard of a house in a circle holding hands. Some of them wear blue and yellow shirts.

Help against the exploitation of children and adolescents

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the world. Youth and child labour is very widespread, and where there is child labour, there is always exploitation. Young people working in rural areas also need special support.

Ein Mädchen liegt auf einem Autoreifen.

With initiative projects to own income

Quechua-speaking children in the Andes, indigenous small farmers, the Afro-Peruvian population – these are the groups that are most marginalised in Peru. The partner organizations of terre des hommes schweiz help young people to generate income through their own initiatives, thereby improving their lives and strengthening their culture.

Ein Teilnehmerin eines Workshops mit dem Thema human trafficking.

Violence and HIV/Aids - the consequences of apartheid

The “new” South Africa inherited a very difficult situation. The consequences of the policy of apartheid will continue to affect the development of the country, and our project work, for decades to come. This means that the potential for violence among young people is extremely high. Another huge problem in South Africa is the rapid spread of HIV/Aids.

Eine Junge näht ein hellrotes Kleid.

HIV/Aids in the family confronts adolescents with major challenges

HIV/Aids is a universal concern in Tanzania. Many children and young people are left on their own or have to look after sick parents. terre des hommes schweiz helps young people to cope in this situation. Our partner organisations also address recent alarming trends such as albino killings.

Eine junge Frau aus einem Flüchtlingslager in der Westsahara

40 years on Stand by - the last colony in Africa

Ever since 1975, over 100,000 Sahrawi refugees have been living in camps around the southern Algerian town of Tindouf. They fled from Western Sahara when it was occupied by Morocco and are waiting for a permanent political solution to the problem of Western Sahara.

Kinder beim Seilziehen.

Against the taboo of HIV/Aids

HIV/Aids is an enormous problem. Although the total number of those infected has reduced over the last decade from 26 to 15 %, and antiretroviral drugs are in principle available free of charge to all, the number of children and young people affected still remains very high. Those affected are at risk of social exclusion. Therefore they conceal their illness as long as possible – which once again makes prevention more difficult.