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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, Kenya, Iraq, Afghanistan and with Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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.

Our Work

Founded by award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker, Dr. Samantha Nutt, War Child has worked in conflict areas since 1999. Millions of children, mothers, and families have benefited from our education, opportunities, and justice programs in war zones across the world. We advocate for and raise awareness about the impact of war and our shared responsibility to act.

Ways to Give

Raise awareness, raise funds, raise the world up. Protect children affected by war by doing what you love. Make change in whatever way you want. The generosity of our donors provide war-affected communities with the educational, vocational and legal resources they need to find long term solutions to strengthen children’s rights and reduce poverty. We thank you for your support.​

Get Involved

Staff, volunteers, corporate partners, artists, musicians, and actors have all played an integral role in our mission. Their commitment to our work has raised critical donations and helped make our message heard. Whether you want to volunteer or you have an idea for a campaign or event, we invite you to contact us to discuss how we might work together.

OUR FOUNDER

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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

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Pearl Jam

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.

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Alicia Keys

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.

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Chantal Kreviazuk

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.

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Raine Maida

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.

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Thomas Sadoski

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.

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Amanda Seyfried

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.

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IKEA Foundation

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!

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Plus1

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.

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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.

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  • #happymothersday to all the powerful women we work with in Sudan, Iraq and Jordan.
  • We talk a lot about women's rights and empowering girls. It's because the playing field, the system, the world is unequal. Nowhere is this more the case than Afghanistan. Since our work began, positive change has been made and we refuse to let that be reversed. But right now, such a reversal feels like a very real possibility. 
That is why we are recommitting to our work: giving girls the opportunity to take control of their future. And this is why your support right now is so vital—to ensure our work continues to empower Afghan girls and all the girls in war zones around the world.

Donate today: bit.ly/2W3WRkg
  • Every woman who graduated War Child’s vocational training program since 2015 has created a viable, money-making business.

When the Taliban were last in power, women and girls were barred from learning. They were practically house-bound and they faced the very real prospect of being forced into an early marriage. Years of work with communities have seen attitudes evolve and that oppressive governance is being slowly lifted. It would be a calamity if that progress were reversed.

Donate today to continue the progress of girls’ rights in Afghanistan: bit.ly/2TELqCW
  • This is why we are training women to start their own business and pull their families out of poverty.

Give girls the opportunity to take control of their future: bit.ly/2NUBn6m
  • Farzia is the oldest of eight. She, her six sisters, one brother, and parents moved to Kabul for better opportunities. They rent a four-room, mud-made house on a hill. Farzia wakes early in the morning, does her prayers, cleans the floor, prepares breakfast, and assists her mother on almost all household chores.

She joined War Child’s Child to Child peer group seven months ago. When she has free time, her favorite thing to do is read. She loves to help other kids who are unable to go to school. “Before joining Child to Child peer group, I did not have the courage to express myself in school, not even in the community. But now I am able to join campaigns to raise awareness among other children and community people on child rights,” Farzia says.

Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) support children's well-being in the midst of emergencies. CFS activities involve play, education, health, and psychosocial support. Linked to CFS is the Child to Child methodology that allows children to identify issues affecting them and develop action plans to address them. “I can feel the courage and strength she has gained. She actively engages in peer group activities,” describes Farzia’s mother. Farzia has participated in many campaigns to overcome community issues. Others have said, “Farzia has developed and led the best campaigns ever.” For example, the community now throws garbage in designated spots, significantly reducing the rubbish that can be a big risk to children’s health.

Farzia exclaims, “I can teach my smaller brother and sisters whatever I have learnt. Our aim is to help and encourage others to go to school and inform our communities about children’s rights.” On being a kid, she adds, “I am so happy. I have made friends to play hide and seek and other games.” As for when she grows up: “I want to become a doctor.” Farzia is a leader in the making and has the potential to transform the lives of those around her. Invest in a girl like Farzia and you invest in her whole community. http://bit.ly/2VXUzmz
  • What words of wisdom to you have for a young girl like Rabeea when she's told, "It's your fault"? -->
Rabeea fell for an older man. She believed it was true love. At 15, you always do. Her parents weren’t supportive, so at the first chance Rabeea ran off with her boyfriend to start a new life—or so she thought. Instead of a path to love and freedom as a couple, her new boyfriend was part of a prostitution ring—one which had duped many other young girls just like her. Rabeea was held captive. “The woman told me that my only option was to stay there and work to earn money. She dressed me up in miniskirts, made me drink wine, take drugs, and dance at private parties at a secret nightclub.” Rabeea became locked in a cycle, unable to earn enough money to support herself, yet too afraid to return home.

Eventually, Rabeea’s brother was able to find her. The two were able to tell Rabeea’s story to the police. But when she detailed the abuse she’d endured, the local police didn’t hear “abduction, rape, trafficking of a minor.” They heard “moral crimes”…on the part of Rabeea. They arrested her and declared her a criminal. Rabeea was sent to jail and threatened with further time if she did not claim responsibility for her offences.

Imagine it. The shock. The feeling of utter helplessness and injustice.

Thankfully, Rabeea’s brother discovered and reached out to War Child. As a registered law firm in Afghanistan committed to upholding and protecting the rights of women and girls like Rabeea, we mobilized our team of local legal aid professionals trained for cases just like this.

Rabeea’s legal advocate was able to have all charges reversed. In addition to her release, Rabeea was able to return home and charges were brought against her abductors, who were later imprisoned. All at zero cost to Rabeea. Our donors made this possible. Plus there's more: psychosocial counselling, education to make up for lost years in school and, when she’s ready, job training and mentorship so that Rabeea can independently earn an income.

This is what large-scale, life-changing impact looks like. This is what peacebuilding looks like and it is what War Child USA invests in every single day.
  • Education is critical for all families. But for those living with war, it can be life-saving. Being able to read safety instructions, to understand directions on a child’s medicine or being able to add up prices at the market are all life-changing skills.

War Child has been working in Afghanistan since 2003. We offer young children safe spaces where they can begin their education before transitioning into the school system. We offer business training and loans to their mothers so that they can set up small enterprises and support their families. We offer free legal counsel and representation to girls who have been abused, attacked or charged with ‘crimes’ such as fleeing a violent husband. We also work extensively with judges, the police, religious and community leaders and men and boys to educate them about women and girls’ rights and to change entrenched, discriminatory attitudes.

Join us in creating positive change in Afghanistan: bit.ly/2SQ8zgg
  • The decision to sell girls into marriage is made by men, with daughters, wives, and sisters having no say.

Invest in the progress of girls’ rights in Afghanistan: bit.ly/2J2UZ9A
  • A HUGE thank you to our amazing committee, comedians, venue, and events team for this spectacular and hilarious evening! We are so grateful for the attention you've brought to @warchildusa and @inaraorg. Helping kids and families whose lives have been devastated by war...#GoodForALaugh 
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  • This is largely because of increased conflict and stubbornly held attitudes that discriminate against girls.

The progress of girls' rights is at risk. Find out more: bit.ly/2TkpMn0
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