Terre Des Hommes (TDH)

Terre des hommes (Earth of Humanity) is a children’s aid organization working against the injustice faced by children all over the world.

 

Terre des hommes believes in supporting children in their own environment and social context, with respect and solidarity, and without any reference to gender, race caste or religion.

 

Terre des hommes is an international federation of national chapters, which raise funds to support action and advocacy on behalf of children against poverty, oppression, abandonment and discrimination.

 

The first such group was set up in Lossane (Switzerland) 1959 by a Swiss journalist, for the child victims of the Franco-Algerian conflict. Other TDH chapters are in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Denmark, France, Luxurnburg, Geneva, Basel and Canada. These all work almost independently. But they have an international federation with its H.Q. at Geneva (Switzerland).

 

Terre des hommes, Germany chapter, Initiated in 1967.

 

Terre des hommes, Germany works for the creation of a just and peaceful world for all children, those alive today and the generations to come. Its endeavors are based on the fundamental principles of humanity, tolerance and equal rights for all people regardless of their origin, gender and religion.

 

Within Germany, it seeks to inform and educate the public about the situation of children, women and other vulnerable groups in developing countries.

 

Within developing countries it acts through local project partners, supporting local initiatives to protect children from exploitation, deprivation and injustice and to promote children’s rights.

 

Terre des hommes Germany – India Programme (tdhG-IP) started its work in 1975 from Pune. The Pune office is now the Regional Office for South Asia.

 

The mission statement of TDH is ” To create a world of Peace and Prosperity for all the children of today and generation to come”.

 

Support to projects

TdhG-IP supports projects of grassroots organisations that empower vulnerable groups, with a special focus on children and women. These are projects working towards

> eradicating child labour and child abuse.

> universalizing elementary education.

> improving the economic status of families.

> empowering women through providing legal aid, skill training and income earning capabilities.

> Combating discrimination against girls and women.

> promoting people-oriented health care.

> working to improve the environment, preserve bio-diversity and cultural diversity.

> protecting children from the vagaries of natural disasters, both by assisting those who are victims of such calamities and by working towards preventing these.

 

The India – Country – Strategy of Tdh focuses on the following issues/interventions –

  1. Children Right Issues- a) Survival b) protection c) Development d) Right to participation
  2. To work with children, for children
  3. To change the social context of children’s life like poverty, deprivation, violence, homelessness etc.
  4. To work against all forms of discrimination based on gender, caste, creed, race and
  5. To defend human rights.

 

Supporting to campaigns

TdhG-IP also supports initiatives that promote the socio-economic rights and political empowerment of marginalized groups, and campaigns that create public awareness and mobilize public opinion on issues of  children’s and women’s rights.

 

It initiated and actively supports the national Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), and is also involved in the International Campaign against Child Trafficking (ICaCT) and the national Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT).

 

Other campaign priorities include promotion of bio-diversity and sustainable use of natural resources, support of cultural diversity and peace, and cam bating the impact of globalisation especially on women and children.

 

The Geographical Coverage of TDH(G) is whole India.

 

The eligibility criteria for any VO/NGO to get in partnership with Tdh is –

  1. a) Registered society/trust with minimum 3 years of good track record of working in the field.
  2. b) FCRA Registration.
  3. c) Local Base/Local Organisation.

 

The application procedure is first to write a letter (concept note) with reports about the organisation. On its basis the Tdh office will send the project proposal format when there will be any possibility of co-operation.

 

Tdh also provide disasters support only in the area, when there is any organisation having previous project support e.g. there was flood in Bihar and Assam, but Tdh provided disaster support only in Bihar because there were project partners.

 

Apart from the Pune office tdhG-IP maintains offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai with a view to closely working with partner organizations based in remote areas in different zones.

 

Coordination Office

terre des hommes Germany

South Asia/ India Programme

Contact Person

 

Shri C.J. George, Regional Coordinator – South Asia

781, Regie House, Pudamje Park, Nana Peth,

Pune – 411002 Maharashtra

Tel : 020 26344028/26351634, Fax : 020 26344029

Email: tdhindia@vsnl.com

Website: www.childrensrightsindia.org

 

tdhG-IP – Northern Office

 

Contact Person

 

Ms. Sharmistha Choudhury, Prog. Coordinator

C – 115, New Rajendra Nagar,

New Delhi 110060

Tel :01128744214/28744365

Email: tdhnro@vsnl.com

 

tdhG-IP – Southern Office

 

Mr. P.E. Regi, Progm. Coordinator

No. 5, Ground Floor, Stephens Road Cross,

Fraser Town, Bangalore 560005, Kamataka

Tel : 08025482964 / 26484937

Email: tdhro@vsnl.com

 

tdhG-IP – Western Office

 

Ms. Chetna Desai, Asst. Progm. Coordinator

A/601, Uphaar, Ashok Van, Western Express Highway

Dahisar (East), Mumbai 400068

Tel: 022 28965077

Email: tdhmumbai@vsnl.net

 

tdhG-IP – Eastern office

 

Smt. Suranjana Basu Das, Progm Coordinator

385/1, Keyatala Lane, Near Golpark Petrol Pump

Opp. Hotel Southway. Kolkata 700029. W. Bengal

Tel: 033 24659887/24659788

Email : tdhero@vsnl.net

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