The single idea behind this project, founded by Julien Lourdes in 1978, was to provide persons facing difficulties to function in society, with an alternative living environment and way of life. The idea evolved from experiences of attempts at bringing relief to the underprivileged of deprived regions such as Cité Barkly in Beau Bassin.
Terre de Paix grew up to meet the felt needs of people. In this process, the action gathered both momentum and respect from larger society. Today, the action of the association renamed Fondation pour L’Enfance - Terre de Paix remains in line with its original aim: to combat poverty and its resulting consequences on the most vulnerable groups of society, particularly children, in a non-discriminatory way through the child's rights approach.