War Child envisions a world where no child knows war.
War Child’s 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.
ABOUT WAR CHILD
We live in an increasingly violent world. Armed conflict is spreading at an alarming rate. At the same time, the very nature of war is changing. It is presenting terrifying new dangers for children and their families. Conflicts are now led by armed groups that defy borders and rules of war. Civilians – particularly women and children – are often targeted with extreme violence to inflict maximum casualties and terrorize communities. Mass abductions are commonplace and children are targets.
War violates every right of a child. Children face death, maiming, sexual violence and recruitment as child soldiers. The statistics are terrifying.
people are displaced in the world - the largest number ever recorded.
displaced every two seconds. 50% of which are children (29.5 million).
children are living in war-affected countries - almost one-sixth of the total global population, 300 million of who are under the age of five.
children living in conflict areas were out of school in 2013.
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. 95% 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.
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor, Samantha is a sought after expert in the field of foreign policy and geopolitics, as seen through the lens of twenty-five years practical experience working with children and communities in war zones across the globe.
Samantha is a much sought after media commentator throughout North America. She is a regular panelist on CBC’s flagship national news program, The National, and a contributor to leading media outlets in Canada, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV and Maclean’s magazine. She has also appeared in Time and Marie Claire, and on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service and NPR. In November 2015, she spoke at the Ted Talks Live event on Broadway in New York. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to watch the entire TED Talk: http://bit.ly/1UmgHPe
Samantha’s critically-acclaimed debut book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by Random House in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Lewis Lapham declared it a “brave and necessary book”, while the Literary Review of Canada called it a “brilliant polemic.” Damned Nations is a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated regions of the world. She is currently working on a second book, an exploration of youth extremist movements around the world, from terrorists to emerging reactionary groups, and the implications for global peace and security over the next decade.
In July 2011, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world's worst conflict zones.
Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto and sits on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.
Chief Operating Officer
Lorna Read, PhD, is Chief Operating Officer at War Child in Toronto. Lorna has 20 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work that includes 10 years of field work in Latin America. She has been published in topics related to sustainable community development and international relations, with a focus on the participation of civil society in the development process and institutional capacity building.
She frequently gives keynote addresses related to development and human rights at conferences and seminars. She is dedicated to investment in programs where children and youth are both the implementers and the beneficiaries, as this invaluably captures the engagement of these future generations in their own development.
Chair of the Board of Directors
Currently, Michael Eizenga is a Partner at Bennett Jones LLP where he specializes in class actions and complex litigation. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading class-action litigators. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.
Previously, Michael taught at Western University in the Departments of Political Science and the Faculty of Law.
Michael holds a BA, Masters in the Philosophy of Law and an LL.B. from Western University in London, Ontario and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a frequent lecturer and author regarding class-action litigation. Michael also serves on numerous non-profit board committees.
Currently, Jeffrey Orridge is the Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
Previously, he was the Executive Director of Sports Properties and General Manager, Olympics for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
He was the Chief Operations Officer of Right to Play and he also held positions at Mattel, Warner Bros., Reebok and USA Basketball, where he served as head of business and legal affairs from 1991-1994.
Jeffrey was born and raised in New York. He holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Leslie has been involved with War Child since 2003. He has lived and worked overseas in social justice, development and human rights organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America for well over 30 years. He is an alumni of Friends World College, University of London and University of British Columbia. He currently resides in Toronto.
Currently, Nils F. Engelstad is the General Counsel for Alamos Gold Inc.
Previously, he served as the General Counsel to the McEwen Capital Group of Companies. Before his career in law, Nils held various senior roles in business development and marketing and worked for an international NGO.
Nils completed his undergraduate studies in international relations at the University of Toronto and completed a law degree at the University of Windsor. He also holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Toronto. Nils is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Currently, Brenda leads a boutique firm, Eprile & Company, which provides governance, risk management, regulatory compliance and related services. She is also a Board Member, Chair of the audit committee and Member of the human resources and compensation committee of Westport Innovations.
Previously, Brenda led risk and regulatory consulting services as Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte LLP. She also held the position of Executive Director and Chief Accountant with the Ontario Securities Commission. Brenda has served on Boards for Canada’s National Ballet School, Canadian Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Design Exchange and Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation. She is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors, was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and has earned a CPA, MBA and BMus(Hons).
Elliot Pobjoy is a student-at-law at Goodmans LLP and a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs. Elliot has advised Canadian politicians in the role of Chief of Staff, Executive Director, and Senior Policy Advisor. In addition to working at War Child Canada, Elliot has held positions related to national security and international affairs in several Canadian not-for-profits and in the federal government.
Currently, Victoria Wisdom owns WisdomWorks, a Toronto based sales and marketing consulting service. Victoria has worked in the Canadian advertising community for over 35 years with extensive background in print, television and radio sales management, publishing, marketing and corporate sponsorship. Previously Victoria was VP Sales/Marketing – ZoomerMedia Limited, Associate Publisher – Zoomer Magazine, VP National Sales/Marketing – MZ Media Inc., 1994 – she was the Director of Advertising Sales – Bravo! Television (from its launch), Executive Director of B!Partners, Director of Advertising Sales for Canadian Learning Television – CHUM Television Group. 1990 – held management positions at St. Clair Group, (producers of theatrical publications for The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, The Toronto Symphony and Mirvish Productions). Victoria is also a former Associate Publisher/Director of Advertising of Saturday Night Magazine.
Victoria is a former board member of the Canadian Film Centre (11 years), founding member of the Executives of Canada Company, which supports the Canadian Reserves, has volunteered in fund raising/sponsorship efforts with many Toronto arts and charitable foundations for over 30 years.
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