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Terre des hommes Foundation

Geneva, Switzerland
Joined August 2017

Terre des hommes, the leading Swiss child relief non-profit organization, is active in 38 countries with programs in mother&child health, migration, juvenile justice, child labour and humanitarian aid

Presence in: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine
Focus: Criminal Justice, Health, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice

Children are the first to suffer in times of war, natural disasters and as a result of poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We are focused on five main objectives:

  • Improving the health of infants up to the age of 3 and of children in need of specialised medical care
  • Protecting migrant children
  • Preventing child exploitation
  • Promoting restorative justice for children in conflict with the law
  • Providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in times of emergency and crisis
Our projects and programmes revolve around:
• Children’s rights and their best interests
• Creating a strong local presence in close proximity to children, their families and communities
• Establishing close cooperation with local bodies based on respect
• Constant improvement and innovation
• Enhancing heath and protection systems in the long term
• Gaining recognition in Switzerland as a reliable organisation and source of financing
Our core values are:
Courage: We strive to make brave choices and to act with conviction and determination.
Ambition: We aim to bring about positive, significant and lasting change in the lives of children and their communities.
Respect: We favour an honest, responsible and open approach based on cooperation and acceptance of diversity.
Commitment: We endeavour to act with humanity and professionalism with and around children, and to promote fairness and equality.

People Associated With This Organization

Batimain YARO

Burkina Faso  
Terre des hommes Foundation
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Family, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
Je suis un référent thématique accès à la justice à Terre des Hommes Lausanne. J'ai également intervenu sur la justice juvénile pendant cinq ans donc une très grande expérience sur la questions des mineurs en contacts avec la loi. Sur l'accès à la justice, c'est une première et je trouve que le réseau est un cadre idéal où j'aurai les rudiments nécessaires pour réussir ma mission. Aussi je pourrais mettre à disposition mon expérience sur la justice juvénile. Cordialement.

Hama Boubacar YATTARA

Burkina Faso  
Terre des hommes Foundation
Joined March 2021
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
Je suis Référent Accès à la Justice pour Terre des hommes-Lausanne dans la région de l'Est du Burkina Faso sur un projet transfrontalier dénommé Projet de résilience et de cohésion sociale au Sahel (PROGRESS). Mon rôle en tant que responsable de ce volet est de contribuer à la mise en place, l'administration et le fonctionnement d'une maison de justice. Ainsi, nous faisons dans cette maison de l'accueil, l'appui-conseil, orientation/référencement des personnes victimes de violations ou en besoins d'accès à la justice/services publics de l'Etat. Dans nos activités, nous faisons également de l'information et l'éducation aux droits au profit des communautés dans le souci d'arriver à une réelle autonomisation juridique. Dans la pratique, nous arrivons à soulager de nombreuses personnes et surtout des catégories vulnérables telles que les détenus, les personnes vivant avec un handicap, les femmes, etc.

Kristen Hope

United Kingdom  
Terre des hommes Foundation
Joined August 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Kristen Hope is the Research and Advocacy Advisor for the Global Juvenile Justice Programme at Terre des hommes Foundation ( With a BA in Arabic and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a MSc in International Development Management, Kristen attempts to transform the principles of participation and empowerment into practice by using action-oriented research approaches to develop programmes that enhance access to justice for children and respond to violence against children, whereby both adults and children become active in their own protection. She has over 15 years’ of experience working with children to help them express their voices, half of which have focused on vulnerable and marginalized groups in the Middle East including refugees and ethnic minorities.

Laura Jacques

Terre des hommes Foundation (Unverified)
Joined November 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am an "expert-practitioner" on criminal justice and legal aid for children with field experience managing and providing technical support to research and access to justice programmes in West African countries. Thematically, my work centres on promoting legal aid and access to justice for children, customary justice, community-based conflict resolution process and youth prevention strategies to violent extremism (access to justice and legal empowerment). I specialize in developing action-research projects on these thematics and I am currently implementing a pilot project providing legal aid services and promoting legal education to communities in rural and conflict areas in Burkina Faso. I am really interested in joining this network to enhance my knowledge of legal aid and access to justice and having the opportunity to discuss with experts from other contexts and to share resources, lessons learnt and best practices.

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