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About La Maison

The foundation of Terre des homme Valais runs autonomously La Maison de Terre des hommes and manages its finances that are solely based on public donations.

The foundation

The foundation Terre des hommes Valais is responsible of welcoming, in partnership with the foundation Terre des hommes in Lausanne, children transferred to Switzerland within the Specialised Care programme. Most of the children who must be operated are from Western African countries, mostly suffering from a heart disease. As it is impossible for them to receive the medical attention they need in their home countries, they are transferred to Switzerland to be operated in Geneva, Lausanne or Bern and are housed in La Maison de Terre des hommes before and after their surgery, until they are able to return to their homes.

The Council of Foundation

Michel Mottiez
President of the Council of Foundation
(also a member of the Council of Foundation of TdH in Lausanne)
Jean-Charles Bonvin
Vice-president and secretary of the Council of Foundation
Dr Denis Chevalley
Referring doctor of the Council of Foundation
Christine Brostaux
Member of the Council of Foundation
(also a member of the Council of Foundation of TdH in Lausanne)
Robert Clerc
Member of the Council of Foundation
Amanda Cotter
Member of the Council of Foundation
Armand Favre
Member of the Council of Foundation
Fabien Métrailler
Member of the Council of Foundation
André Morand
Member of the Council of Foundation

La Maison

Philippe Gex
Director
Grégory Rausis
Fundraising and communications
Manager
Caroline Ingignoli
Fundraising and communications
Carlos Guiterez
Infirmary sector
Manager
Tania Kebe
Education sector
Manager
Alioune NGom
Education sector
Manager
Anne Hehlen
Services sector
Manager

Our Mission

Step by step, Terre des hommes Valais changed the lives of more than 8.500 children in more than 60 countries.

« We tangibly changed the lives of these children and their families. But our mission is far from being over: everyday, we receive terrible news about atrocities and inequalities all over the world. But every day, at “La Maison”, we manage to find hope and motivation, in the smile of a child or in the most touching situations. We are determined to keep going, according to the spirit of the Terre des hommes chart, thus pushing the limits of what may seem impossible: a fairer, better world. »

The timeline

1963
Creation of Terre des hommes Valais
Arrival of 30 children in families from Monthey.
1969
Purchase, renovation and opening of La Maison
1970
Inauguration of La Maison
1975
Inauguration of the pavillon. Aim: increase the accomodation capacity of children
1985
The 2.000th child goes home, healed.
2010
Renovation of La Maison and construction of a new infirmary
2016
Construction and opening of the new school
2020
La Maison celebrates its 50th anniversary and has welcomed more than 9.000 children
1963 1969 1970 1975 1985 2010 2016 2020
Creation of Terre des hommes Valais
Arrival of 30 children in families from Monthey.
Purchase, renovation and opening of La Maison
Inauguration of La Maison
Inauguration of the pavillon. Aim: increase the accomodation capacity of children
The 2.000th child goes home, healed.
Renovation of La Maison and construction of a new infirmary
Construction and opening of the new school
La Maison celebrates its 50th anniversary and has welcomed more than 9.000 children

The Charter

The Charter, written in 1966 by the founder of Terre des hommes, Mr Edmond Kaiser, establishes the existence of the Foundation Terre des hommes, its mission and fundamental values. The Charter of Terre des hommes declares that children in distress is not due to a fatality and that the durable improvements of living standard of children in need represents the ultimate aim of all projects of Terre des hommes.
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