About The Organization
Terra dos Homens Brazilian Association is a non-governmental that works with children and adolescents who have been victims of human rights violation: those who have been or are in the process of being separated their families, live in homeless shelters or on the streets, in situations of sexual exploitation, child labor, drugs, and/or domestic violence. The organization's work with children and adolescents is significantly more effective because the children's families and their local context are taken into account as well as issues relating to rights violations. This understanding has led Terra dos Homens to develop a methodology that focuses not only on the children, but also on their birth families and communities they are from.
Throughout its history, Terra dos Homens' work has been organized and documented, producing detailed publications with the aim to communicate and replicate its approach throughout Brazil.
Terra dos Homens began in 1982, as the late adoption of an interracial program of the Fondation Terre des hommes, an organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1997, Terra dos Homens became autonomous and began looking for new partners to implement its programs with. During this period, Terra dos Homens expanded its field of work, and began to provide training for the care of children and adolescents, and to represent civil society in political and legal spheres. Through the expansion of the organization's methodology and defense of human rights, the scope of activities and the results achieved increased, effectively influencing public policy and the child and adolescent care system.
In 2003, Terra dos Homens was certified Federal Entity of Public Interest. And in 2006 it became certified as a State Entity of Public Interest and Social Assistance Beneficiary.
During the fourteen years of its work, Terra dos Homens' has reached more than 12,000 children and adolescents and over 3,000 families, who have directly benefited from the organization's programs. Around 33,330 children and adolescents have indirectly benefited from its training.