War Child has two decades of experience confronting major international crises and working in fragile and complex environments. As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the potential impact for fragile communities already recovering from the shock of war and conflict is overwhelming. Safeguarding the interests of children will be key, as schools close and families see economic activity suspended.
Any response to the pandemic in conflict and post-conflict settings will be extremely challenging. However, our teams are ready to face this crisis head on. They are following the World Health Organizations guidelines and are working hard to maintain our programming, while making the necessary adjustments to keep our staff and those that we serve as safe as possible.
War Child’s in-country leadership teams are taking protective measures to safeguard our staff and their beneficiaries based on what is right for their context and timing. We will be following all advice issued by national and local authorities in our countries of operation, and are asking all of our teams to be prepared to proactively move to more restricted approaches where this is necessary.
Our priority is the safety and health of our beneficiaries, staff, and the communities they serve. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we will do all we can to safely reach as many of the most vulnerable people that we can to offer health and hygiene promotion, adapt ways to provide distance learning to children out of school, and to ensure that the needs of children are central to all we do.
We strive to creatively deal with this crisis and continue to serve the most vulnerable children, and highly appreciate your ongoing support. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.