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South Asia

South Asia

Terre des Hommes Netherlands offices in South Asia support children and their families in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. With projects in the field of Education, Health and Socio-Economic Development focussing on children affected by HIV/AIDS, children with a disability and children that are vulnerable to exploitation, the organisation makes underprivileged children privileged again.

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  • Countries

    In South Asia, Terre des Hommes Netherlands supports projects in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. In general, challenges for all the three countries are the high percentage of the population living below the poverty line, the poor quality of education, the high malnutrition rates for pregnant mothers and the neglect of children with disabilities. Child labour and extreme forms of child exploitation like trafficking and prostitution are still common in the region.

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  • Programmes

    Terre des Hommes Netherlands has clustered its activities into four programmes: Education, health, socio-economic development and children that are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. The organisation also provides humanitarian relief aid when an emergency arises.

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  • Annual Reports

    This is why we do what we do

    Liza from Bangladesh works as a domestic child labourer. She started at the age of five, often working for more than 12 hours a day and no opportunity to get an education. The life of Nandini, from India, revolves around the handloom machine. By weaving sarees she helps her family make ends meet. Fourteen-year-old Pushparanee, from Sri Lanka, was send to an aunt to look after her baby. Instead she was forced to work in a hostel as kitchen helper. Arif spends his days making fish and chicken food out of animal skins. For Liza, Nandini, Pushparanee and Arif Terre des Hommes made a difference in 2010. Like them, there are still millions of children who need our help in South Asia. That is why Terre des Hommes Netherlands continues its work to reach more children in exploitative situations. In 2010, we reached 3,744,601 children and young people in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

    Would you like to know more about Liza, Nandini, Pushparanee and Arif and the difference Terre des Hommes Netherlands makes in their lives? Please view our Regional Annual Report 2010:

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  • Partners

    Terre des Hommes Netherlands mainly works together with local organisations on three strategies: (1) direct assistance, (2) capacity building and (3) research and lobbying, focussing on the poorest and most disadvantaged children in their immediate environment.

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  • Emergency Aid

    The heaviest rains in almost one hundred years hit Sri Lanka from 26 December 2010 onwards, causing devastating floods and landslides throughout the country. The floods followed two cycles of flash flooding in the capital city of Colombo on 10 November and in the northern districts from late November onwards that put many of the conflict-affected returnees in serious difficulties. This series of extensive and devastating floods, due to record rainfall levels since November, have cumulatively stretched coping strategies and available resources to the brink of exhaustion.

    At the height of the floods, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of the Ministry of Disaster Management reported that 1,055,262 people (283,667 families) were flood-affected, with 27 deaths and 12 people reported missing, as of 14 January 2011, and 362, 646 people displaced in some 630 temporary relocation centres in 12 districts. Batticaloa reported the highest number of flood-affected displaced people (165,494) followed by Ampara (157,649). From 13 January, the flood waters began to recede and people began to return home; however, the humanitarian needs remain due to damaged houses, crops and livelihoods.

    The eastern and northern districts have borne the brunt of the recent floods, with 94% of the affected population located in the three eastern districts of Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee. Here, the floods damaged over 24,000 houses, and severely affected livelihoods and agricultural production resulting in heightened food insecurity. For some of the people affected in the east, the floods were another setback after rebuilding their lives following the December 2004 Tsunami and/or after displacement from the conflict during 2006/2007 (Sri Lanka 2011 Flash Appeal UNOCHA).


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    Annual Report 2010

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  • FAQ

    Here you will find the answers to the frequently asked questions. If you still have a question you can contact us through tdhcmb@sltnet.lk

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Terre des Hommes Netherlands Regional Office in South Asia supports 184 projects in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka that are planned and implemented by 62 local project partners. As a result of this, the projects are well attuned to the challenges of the local population. The three Country Offices assist and work closely with local project partners, by monitoring the partners' activities and expenditures as well as by building their capacities through providing trainings on child protection, establishing networks and training on finance and programme issues.

Concentration areas
The operational area of the Terre des Hommes Regional Office in South Asia is limited to certain geographical concentration areas. The projects are concentrated in specific regions within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka order to improve the ability of the Country Offices to monitor, control, assist and manage the projects as well as the ability of the partners to cooperate and work together. Concentration areas are defined based on historical grounds, coupled with local needs, baseline studies and context analyses.


Frequently asked questions

Who or what is Terre des Hommes?
Terre des Hommes is a children's aid organisation established in 1965 by a group of dedicated volunteers. Currently, Terre des Hommes supports over three hundred projects worldwide in the area of education, healthcare and independence. Children living with a disability, children confronted with HIV/AIDS, and victims of child exploitation receive special attention. All projects are conceptualised, initiated and carried out by local project partners.
What does Terre des Hommes do?
Terre des Hommes stops the exploitation of children in developing countries. With our projects in the area of education, healthcare and micro-credit, we help underprivileged children find a brighter future. Terre des Hommes supports over three hundred projects on four continents. All projects are conceptualised, initiated and carried out by local project partners who are familiar with the problems in their communities. In addition to offering direct support to young victims of exploitation, Terre des Hommes also strives to improve the general living conditions of underprivileged children.
Where does Terre des Hommes support projects?
Terre des Hommes operates in four regions: South Asia, East Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Within these regions, projects are supported in fourteen countries.
• South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
• East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
• South America: Bolivia, Brazil and Peru
• Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Laos

Read more

Micro credit in Sri Lanka

The story of Inoka and her family (in Sinhala with Dutch subtitles).

Terre des Hommes Netherlands

Old No.6/3, New No.18, North Road, Cooke Town
560 084 Bangalore, India
t: +91 (80) 25480067