Our work in South Africa

Portrait zwei junger Frauen, die voller Freude in die Kamera lächeln.
The "new" South Africa inherited a very difficult situation. The consequences of the policy of apartheid will continue to affect the development of the country, and our project work, for decades to come. This means that the potential for violence among young people is extremely high. Another huge problem in South Africa is the rapid spread of HIV/Aids.
Violence on the scale practised in South Africa during the apartheid era leaves deep scars on a society. The conflicts of the 1980s made many families into refugees in their own country. The high potential for violence is increasingly found in domestic settings. The vast gulf between rich and poor is also a problem. One of the consequences of this is the exploitation of children and young people as a source of cheap labour.

Escaping the pattern of violence
The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz support children, young people and whole communities in overcoming their trauma and finding ways out of the cycle of violence. Preventing further violence and teaching reconciliation are key elements of their work. Local communities are strengthened and greater solidarity created. Children and young people are helped to assert their rights.

Stemming the spread of HIV/Aids
Alongside violence, the spread of the HIV/Aids pandemic is one of the main problems facing South Africa. Many children and young people are left alone following the death of their parents and some have to look after their younger siblings. Efforts to stem the spread of the disease and its consequences are taking place on a number of different levels. Along with sex education, the prevention of violence and support of women and girls are key elements.
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Help for young people from young people.

In all its work in every single country it is involved in, terre des hommes schweiz relies on the strengths of young people. That is why the training programme Youth2Youth has been developed and is growing constantly.