Protecting children from the brutal impact of war
War damages every aspect of a child’s life. It strips their families of all means to support them. Children caught up in war lose their access to education, legal protection, and personal safety and security. War Child provides children with education programs, so they can get back into school. It gives them safe spaces, so they can get back to playing. And it trains parents and young people to help restore their ability to provide for themselves and regain a sense of security. War Child provides free legal counsel to girls and women who are survivors of rape, abuse, neglect, and forced early marriage.
War Child works in Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen.
War Child takes a bold, community-driven approach with over 98% of staff recruited locally. Our programs are long-term, effective, responsive and, over time, help to break the cycles of poverty and violence that plague war-torn communities.
Dr. Samantha Nutt, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC, C.M.
Samantha is a leading authority on women and children in war zones across the globe. She brings critical, evidence-based thinking to humanitarian action—empowering each local community to lead their own recovery. Her TED Talk ‘The Real Harm of the Global Arms Trade,’ with more than 1 million views, lays out a common sense approach for mitigating the civilian impact of war. Her book, ‘Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid’ is a national best seller.
Photo credit: TED/Ryan Lash
War Child is grateful to be a charity of choice for Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. Since 2006, the Foundation has supported non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts and education, and social change. Every Pearl Jam concert is a fundraising event – $3 from each ticket sold is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation. War Child thanks drummer Matt Cameron in particular for choosing War Child as a benefiting charity. Since 2013, the Vitalogy Foundation has donated over $150,000 towards War Child’s programs.
Alicia Keys is a generous supporter of War Child, both through her Foundation and her We Are Here Movement, which supports critical social issues including peace, equality, empowerment for women and girls, education, gun control, poverty and access to healthcare. To mark World Refugee Day 2016, Alicia released a short film entitled Let Me In (watch here), in support of War Child and others, as part of a campaign to shed light on the struggles faced by refugees worldwide. Thanks to her support, War Child has been able to impact the lives of countless war-affected children and families who are fleeing conflict.
Chantal is one of War Child’s longest serving Ambassadors, having supported War Child Canada since the early nineties. Not only has she raised significant funds through a series of events but has also acted as a media spokesperson for a number of campaigns. Chantal has accompanied Samantha Nutt on visits to many of War Child's programs including those in Iraq, Ethiopia and Jordan. Without Chantal’s support, War Child would be a very different organization.
Raine Maida began supporting War Child Canada soon after it was founded. He has performed at many events for the charity—on his own and with Our Lady Peace—and created War Child’s signature Busking for Change series which grew to include cities across Canada and raised over a hundred thousand dollars. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Raine continues to bring his passion and energy in support of both War Child Canada and War Child USA.
Thomas has been a War Child USA Ambassador since 2018 and, with his wife Amanda Seyfried, has been organizing fundraising events in Los Angeles and helping to raise awareness throughout the US.
Amanda and her husband Thomas Sadoski became Ambassadors of War Child USA in the Fall of 2018. They have organized fundraising events in Los Angeles and are using their influence to spread the word across the United States.
War Child and the IKEA Foundation have teamed up to respond to the needs of children affected by the crisis in Syria with the Let’s Play for Change campaign. Proceeds from the campaign will support War Child’s ongoing efforts to create safe learning spaces in Jordan, providing a protective environment where children can learn, play and be kids!
Musicians have always been at the forefront of social change and Plus 1 continues this tradition. Founded by Arcade Fire’s Marika Shaw, Plus 1 connects artists and fans to causes by adding $1 to every ticket sold and donating 100% of these funds to organizations like War Child that are working on important social issues. Together with artists Sufjan Stevens, Frank Turner and more, Plus 1 has helped us impact the lives of countless war-affected children.
The Body Shop
War Child and The Body Shop teamed up during the holiday season to give the gifts of education, opportunity and justice to war-affected children. For every gift bought during the holiday season, The Body Shop made a contribution to support War Child’s educational programs. Thanks to The Body Shop’s generous support, we were able to provide more than 6 million lessons to children in war-torn areas.