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Our Work

Our Mission

War Child envisions a world where no child knows war.

Our mission is to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. War Child takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act.

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EDUCATION

War forces children out of the classroom. But, interruptions in learning can halt a child’s development and limit opportunities for the future.

Education is vital for long-term peace, giving the next generation the skills and options necessary to reject conflict. War Child restores every child’s right to learn by pioneering new delivery methods such as radio-based learning for at risk girls, adapting curriculums and training educators to reach kids in conflict zones.

OPPORTUNITY

The immediacy of war makes it difficult for families to provide for their children’s most basic needs.

War Child’s livelihood programming helps women and young people secure dignified employment for themselves while reducing reliance on foreign aid.

JUSTICE

In times of conflict, women and children are often targets of violence, including physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

And because war can hamper a community’s ability to bring perpetrators to justice, War Child is a registered law firm in Afghanistan and Uganda where we provide legal support directly to survivors. We also work to reform entire legal systems so that they support women and kids. 

War Child works to protect children and their families in conflict zones.

By focusing on the three main pillars of education, opportunity and justice, our programs create sustainable peace for generations to come. We recognize that every community is unique with its own set of challenges and needs. War Child uses a locally-driven, long-term approach tailored to meet the specific needs of each community that champions local people as the drivers of change and peace. Together with our partner, War Child Canada, our programs support over 500,000 people every year.

War Child has worked in conflict areas since 1999. Over the years, our reach has grown substantially, benefiting hundreds of thousands of children and community members every year. The lessons learned over a decade and a half have helped us to develop and improve our work.

The children we dedicate our work to are the most marginalized and most vulnerable. Their lives have been torn apart by war. Their safety is compromised. Their families have lost all means of supporting them, and there is no longer education nor the legal protection that we take for granted. Many have been forced from their homes and, in many cases, their countries.

Local people are vital to our success. 98% of our staff are from the countries where we work. We have local partner organizations in each of those countries. They bring a wealth of knowledge and shared experience that ensures our work fits the needs of the community.

Childhood is shaped by many influences. Families, communities, schools, local authorities and governments all have a duty of care for children and an influence on their lives. We work with them to ensure that children are given the support they need to overcome the effects of conflict.

Our work is only possible because of those who support us. This includes UN agencies like UNICEF and UNHCR, the European Union and the governments of Canada and the United States. This diversity is testament to our record of success.

Where We Work

War Child’s programming is rooted in the belief that for a community to properly recover from conflict, it must drive the process.

War Child empowers people to create an environment where childhood can thrive. This is vital not only for the  young people who attend our programs but also for our staff, 95% of whom are recruited locally.

  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Uganda

NEWS & STORIES

War Child Taking Action in Sudan: Civilians Under Threat in New Crisis
War Child is taking action in Sudan as the country experiences a new and violent crisis that threatens to disrupt
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War Child Sister Agency Receives Recognition at United Nations
War Child USA’s sister agency in Holland, War Child Holland, is bringing quality education to children in war zones across
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When Mothers Thrive, We All Thrive
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Today we celebrate the contribution of mothers everywhere. Nowhere is their impact felt more than in the
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The World Is In Crisis. We Need Your Help.
FOR A CHILD FACING THE BRUTAL IMPACT OF WAR, TIME STOPS. FOR WAR CHILD, IT’S TIME TO BEGIN. From Yemen
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#NotOptional: War Child joins over 40 organizations around the world to uphold women’s and girls’ rights in crisis
WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ RIGHTS AND AGENCY IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION: A LIFE-SAVING PRIORITY A JOINT STATEMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ENDORSED BY MORE
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War Child joins 23 other NGOs to call on Germany to renew suspension of arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia
On 4 year anniversary of Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, 24 NGOs call on Chancellor Angela Merkel & Minister of Foreign
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Education is more than a piece of paper
Up until recently, Razia started each day watching the neighbourhood children gather and walk to class before starting the household
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This Universal Children’s Day, Let’s Play for Change
War Child Canada, War Child Holland, and War Child UK have come together with IKEA Foundation because of our shared
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War Child joins with Yemeni and international organizations to call for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen
Paris, 7 November 2018 –  JOINT STATEMENT As humanitarian, human rights and peacebuilding organizations working on Yemen, we welcome tomorrow’s
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Sexual violence campaigners win Nobel Peace Prize
The announcement that Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is a long overdue recognition
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1-in-9 Fund Selected as Finalist
UPDATE (Sept. 24, 2018): War Child is pleased to congratulate Brock Warner on this accomplishment! On September 21st, in front
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Call Her By Her Name
Written by: Emma Goldman AMMAN, JORDAN — The Nuzha Women’s Center is nestled within the winding streets of the urban
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Colors are Ageless
Written by: Nicholas Sherwood As is always the case in times of war, women and girls suffer disproportionately and are
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Samir Knows His Rights
“I am not only a child, I am a member of this society. Children can also bring changes and solve problems.”
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The New Artist in Kirkuk
Written by Sana Salam Zada, Project Manager, Iraq Zain is just 5-years-old. He and his family were forced to flee
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Playing for Peace
Music has always been a vehicle for social change, a universal language that inspires us to reach beyond what’s possible
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Every Child Can Learn
Growing up in a war-zone like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is hard enough. Years of conflict has claimed
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BBC in the DRC
The BBC World Service Newsday team was in the Democratic Republic of Congo and caught up with one of the students
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#TIMESUP in Hollywood, but Not Where We Work
Written by: Emma Goldman “It’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race,
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Learning to Succeed
This is the story of three South Sudanese refugee children (not pictured) who thought their education was over. Nothing could
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