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Accelerating peace by disrupting the cycle of violence

Our Work

Our mission is to drive generational change for the hardest hit by investing in the power of local communities.

War Child was founded to foster the capacity of people within communities to find long-term solutions to the problems caused by conflict. Our goal is to shake up outdated concepts of charity and aid which deepen global inequalities and exacerbate poverty and violence.  

War Child believes in community-driven models of humanitarian action rooted in collaboration, wholly led at the local level, and focused on long-term impact. We work toward community-led solutions that make it possible for survivors of war to rebuild their communities and create an environment in which childhood can thrive. 

 War Child’s programs foster resilience, self-reliance, and self-determination, and their impacts are felt over generations.  

I don't want to be a child of war. I just want to be a child.

99% of War Child’s program staff are from the countries they serve. We also partner with local organizations that bring a wealth of knowledge and shared experience to ensure we are supporting the unique needs of each community. 

War Child empowers children and their families to build brighter futures for themselves and their communities through access to high-quality education, legal services, and job opportunities. We currently support programs in some of the most dangerous conflict areas in the world, including: 

"Food, water, shelter, or tents can be taken away. Education, hard skills, the capacity to keep earning – none of those things, once acquired, can be lost to war. Those are forever. That’s what we do and why we do it. And it isn’t hopeless." - Dr. Samantha Nutt, President and Founder

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