Terre des hommes India (Earth of Humanity), is a children’s aid organisation working with children, women and communities on the edges of society to transform their lives through progressive development and help reclaim their rights and follow their dreams.
Destination Unknown – Children on the Move is a thematic campaign focused on the phenomenon of child mobility. The campaign recognises that children too, have a right to move away from exploitation, disaster and other situations that they may find difficult. It will promote “the best interest of the child” whenever and wherever the child is.
Campaign Against Child Labour, launched in 1992, is committed to the eradication of child labour through a process building progressive social change. To this end it engages in public opinion, investigation of abuse/exploitation, advocacy, lobbying and monitoring of national and international developments.
Action for the Rights of the Child, ARC, is a network of organisations in Pune, Maharashtra, working for and with children. ARC has been instrumental in easing the admission process in government schools for children without birth certificates. ARC continues to be an active member of CACL.
Children and youth have the right to an environment in which they can grow up healthy and which – sustained by cultural and biological diversity – enables them to comprehensive developmental opportunities and positive future prospects. Terre des homes Germany, in 2013 has passed a resolution about the necessity of an intact natural environment for the welfare of children.
Not long ago, early morning meant starting the long walk to the city for the child beggars of Jambunatha Bypass. As the name suggests, this is a small hamlet on the bypass road that joins Hospet city to the mining hills. It is inhabited for several decades by a group of nomadic tribal families who live by begging for food and money.
Eeramma is one of the many children who remember their childhood only against the backdrop of mines. “I was raised within the mines as my parents and elder siblings all worked there. When I turned 5, there was no question of anganwadi or school.
In the Lambani community, to which Shruthi and her friends Tara Bai, Jothi Bai and Rupa belong most girls are married at 15 and mothers thrice over by the age of 18. If that feels like the start of a difficult life, their problems were multiplied by the denial of access to the forest due to mining, leading to a loss of food security.
With a father in Indian Railways and a mother who is a house wife, Shiv Shankar has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Perhaps it is his many siblings that makes Shiv Shankar vocal about the issues facing children and youth, especially their ecological rights.
Jarsini, a Standard 9 student in St. Jude’s Higher Secondary School in the coastal village of Pallam in Kanyakumari is a hero in our eyes. Jarsini and her friends had been facing verbal abuse from a newly appointed school principal for some months.
Nearly 40% of 17-year old Renu Kumari’s home state Jharkhand lives below the poverty line. Economic hardship drives parents to marry their daughters as children, believing marriage is the endgame anyway and doing so early means one less mouth to feed.
Terre des hommes India is a part of a global federation with an international presence across many countries. In India, Terre des hommes acts through local and community-based organisations, supporting local projects which protect and promote the rights of children and their communities, empower women and preserve the environment and natural resources.
May 17, 2018 witnessed a first of its kind event for tdh Germany – India Programme, hosted with the gracious support and participation of Dachser India Ltd. A panel discussion on CSR, titled CSR 2.0: Creating Exponential Returns for Corporations and Society, was held at Hotel Mirage, Mumbai.
I joined tdh Germany – India Programme as a Programme Coordinator just three months ago. If I was to summarize my first impression, I feel I am at a place whose rallying call is “Not in words, but in action!” The professionalism and commitment demonstrated by the team is tremendous, and the focus towards the organization’s goals is clear.
After a few years in social work, I was looking to join an organization with a healthy, democratic culture and a horizontal hierarchical environment, where both the organization and I would benefit. Tdh has proved to be just that in the year or so I’ve been here.
I complete two years with tdh very soon, a time rich with experiences and learnings. I was born in Delhi and have spent four decades here, visiting pretty much every part of this vast city. Over the years, I’ve seen children begging outside temples, selling flowers and magazines at traffic signals, serving tea and food items and washing dishes at roadside hotels.
A small-scale kitchen garden initiative, started by rescued child workers engaged in mining and other allied industries, soon transformed into a motivating case of sustainable farming. The boys and girls of the bridge school of SEEDS and Don Bosco today grow their own vegetables and fruits ensuring sustainable and within-reach food security.
Barsarani, a gifted Adivasi teenager from the remote village of Dolipada in Mayurbhanj District, has set an example for her peers by refusing to give up her education even in the face of poverty and parental pressure. Despite the long-held tradition of the Adivasi community forcing girls to drop out of school to support family, this fourteen-year old stands firm in her decision to continue her studies.
Regional Coordinator, South Asia – A social scientist by training and a development activist dedicated for close to forty years to advancing the rights of marginalised children, women and their communities. A veteran social worker, with practical familiarity of concrete situations, she has an extensive experience in strategic leadership and humanitarian and social development programme management in cross-cultural settings.
Deputy Regional Co-ordinator, South Asia and Programme Coordinator, South Zone – An erstwhile lecturer, P. E Reji is a devoted development activist working towards the advancement of marginalised communities for over twenty years. With an extensive knowledge of programme development and management, Reji currently plays the dual role of Programme Co-ordinator of South Zone and Deputy Regional Coordinator for tdh South Asia.
Programme Co-ordinator, North Zone – With two decades in human rights as a journalist, editor and development activist, Ritu has confronted issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment, gender and sexuality to help bring about reforms for vulnerable populations. This gives Ritu powerful insights into all kinds of discrimination and violence against marginalized sections, and a passion to work for a society free from oppression & inequality.
Program Coordinator, West Zone – A social development professional with 15 years of experience with grass root and international NGOs, Sampat is Programme Coordinator at terre des homes Germany-India Programme. With a decade long association with the organization, he currently leads and manages projects in 5 states in West Zone.
Program Coordinator, East Zone – With close to a decade’s experience, Koel is a motivated social development professional with special focus on education and sponsorship programmes. Working extensively in the rural districts of eastern and north eastern India, she currently helms the activities of terre des homes Germany-India Programme’s East Zone as Program Coordinator.
“Lake Gardens women and Children Development Center has been associated with TdH Germany India program since the past 18 years. Through all these years LGWCDC has got tremendous support from TdH not only by way of funds but also guidance on how to best achieve our goals. We are grateful to TdH for being by our side constantly.”
“Tdh is one of those few international NGOs who genuinely believe in learning together and moving ahead. HAQ’s partnership with tdh (Germany) goes beyond projects. It’s the issue, the ideological basis and the approach that aligns us. We truly cherish this partnership.”
“YUVA was formally established with support from tdh and since then we have continued to maintain a strong relationship over the years.
Tdh believes in investing in equal partnerships, and the staff are sensitive to developmental realities and cultivate a culture of mutual respect with partners. Their holistic approach to child rights ensures that strategies on the ground are responsive and outcome oriented.“
“As a values-based technology group in family ownership, Freudenberg defines total success as financial success plus fulfilling our responsibility for society. Freudenberg encourages employees to engage in volunteering and to support non-profit organisations. Our CSR activities focus on giving people access to education and work, and encouraging environmental protection.
Terre De Hommes supports Freudenberg to identify and support opportunities for our communities and neighbors at all sites. Based on the experience of TdH and their quality checks it guarantees that we focus on the right projects, also from our motivation to initiate long-term oriented and sustainable projects.”
“It has been a transformational journey of empirical learning to work with TDH in so many special ways. Co – decision model is a wonderful model which has transformed the working culture in many ways. It has democratized the whole functioning process of ideas and implementation.
It’s been a privilege and great pleasure to work with TDH since 2003. TDH’s motivation is inspirational in building perspective on the issue of Child right. It’s a great honor to let you know, AMAN’s work in margins of mountains in Child Right has got State Recognition.”
“Terre des hommes Germany is an organisation that values partnership.
It’s an amazing ride with tdh who believes in engraving their footsteps way beyond the projects scope and delivering selfless service for the less privileged people with focus on children with a right based approach.”
“TDH GIP has significantly influenced the effectiveness of Care T. Our impact has been appreciated widely because of the positive changes among the stressed children, workers, women, farmers and marginalized communities.
TDH GIP made a valuable contribution in our journey.”
“We convey our sincere gratitude towards tdh Germany for a solidarity based strong partnering since 1999. Tdh G is a unique Organization, focusing on the perspective of Child Rights & Human Rights especially on the rights of children from the vulnerable communities, women, dalits and tribals.
With the support of tdh Germany we have built strong child rights group in the slums and villages of Mysuru and were able to release all child labourers and make 56 slums and 22 villages child labour free. With total community participation child abuse, child trafficking and corporal punishment have vanished and child participation and protection of child rights became a reality.”