Terre des hommes Valais
In Switzerland, the Terre des hommes Valais foundation (TdH VS) works in close partnership with the foundation of Terre des hommes Lausanne. It's mission is to welcome children on pre and post operation, transferred to Switzerland by the foundation of Lausanne, within its programme "Specialised Care". The children are taken in hand at "La Maison", a medicalised children's home situated on a hill above Massongex, in Bas-Valais. This institution opened in 1970. The association Terre des hommes Valais (today a foundation) was created on 21st October 1963. The first seven years, the children were welcomed into families in the region. At the end of the sixties, the founders decided to take an additional step by passing from the system of "Foster homes" to an institution.