terre des hommes Deutschland (Germany), a registered not-for-profit association, was founded in 1967 by dedicated members of the public to help children seriously injured during the Vietnam War. Currently terre des hommes(tdh) supports more than 400 projects in 31 countries across the world. The organisation has no political, religious or corporate affiliation; its objective is a »terre des hommes«, an »Earth of Humanity«.
terre des hommes assists street children, abandoned and working children, looks after children who have become victims of war and violence, and provides access to better educational opportunities. tdh funds projects for boys and girls whose families are affected by HIV and AIDS, supports the cause of maintaining biological and cultural diversity and of protecting the rights of minority groups. All of this is realised in partnership with local organisations and initiatives who take care of children suffering from exploitation, organise education programmes and support families in developing sustainable livelihoods. Together with its partners, tdhalso advocates for fairer policies towards developing countries.
In Germany people in almost 150 towns and cities are involved as volunteers, helping to achieve the terre des hommes vision.
All terre des hommes programmes in Asia, Latin America and Asia are coordinated through local offices. The first Southern Africa Coordination Office was established in 1992 in Zimbabwe, while already since the 1980s terre des hommes has been supporting projects for children in different countries in the region.
Currently more than 50 organisations and initiatives are funded in six countries: Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Today terre des hommes coordination offices are based in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe (see contact details right). Its staff members work closely with local partner organisations responsible for the implementation of activities. The Southern Africa Regional Office is based in Johannesburg in South Africa, presently.
The programme in Southern Africa is focussing on the following themes:
• Protecting children from exploitation (child labour, sexual abuse and trafficking)
• Education and training (including early childhood development)
• Cultural and biological diversity (with reference to environmental rights of children)
• Health and nutrition (mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on children in particular)