Dear Reader,

terre des hommes works for children suffering from poverty, exploitation or violence in 34 countries. Along with our local project partners we seek solutions when children live in the street, work under inhuman conditions or have to prostitute themselves, and when a war has destroyed their health or their homes. We support women, families and communities in caring for their children and we help young people to build a future beyond violence and poverty.

Martin Guertler, Chairman of terre des hommes Presidium
Martin Guertler

Such direct-help projects are very important. But they do not suffice in themselves: terre des hommes has therefore always tried to understand and tackle the root-causes of poverty, exploitation and violence. Other campaign goals therefore include respect for children's rights worldwide, more justice in international economic relations or a consistent anti-poverty policy. And we show what consumers in the North can do, for example about child labour or child prostitution.

Many people join forces in terre des hommes: our project partners all over the world, the voluntary action groups located in many parts of Germany, and the head office with its professional staff. We hold regular discussions about how to optimise our activity. And we seek ways of reaching our common goal: a »terre des hommes«, an earth of humanity giving a future to children everywhere.

Martin Guertler
Chairman of the Presidium