Every child deserves a safe and secure childhood, free from violence and fear. But for millions of children around the world, war is the only constant they have ever known— the innocence of youth replaced with bombs, soldiers and guns. Your gift will get their childhood back on track.
The statistics are jaw dropping: we are currently facing the worst refugee crisis in history, with 65 million people displaced, 51% of which are children. By the end of 2015, 98,400 child refugees – the highest number on record – applied for asylum. Some of these are children aren’t old enough to cross the street by themselves, but are crossing borders, terrified and alone.
Their Childhood Can’t Wait.
When children are thrown into war, childhood is the first thing to go. Exploited and abused, displaced, separated from their parents, and forced to commit extreme atrocities, children are denied even their most basic needs.
Rather than going to school, children are forced to bear arms with groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, suffering unthinkable physical and psychological abuse. Girls are particularly vulnerable, subject to early forced marriage, child labour and sexual abuse. Rather than caring for their children, mothers are thrown into poverty, without the necessary skills to provide for their families. Rather than turning to their government for protection, legal structures break down during times of war, leaving children and their families without access to their most basic rights.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When you invest in childhood, communities thrive. Education gives children a chance at a better life. Giving a mother the tools to earn an income or start her own business gives her the power to provide a safe home for her children. Helping to re-establish the rule of law enables women to access their rights and protect their children.
Despite all odds, we are working to give childhood a chance.
Stop what you’re doing and donate. Until December 31st, your gift will be matched.
Now is a pivotal moment in our history. Their childhood can’t wait any longer – and neither should you. Donate between now until December 31st and your gift will be matched. That means that every $1 donation = $3.50 in support of War Child programs overseas.
This holiday season, you can be the difference between the cycle of poverty and violence, and the hope for a brighter future. Take a stand for children around the world.
Bite the bullet and donate today. Because their Childhood can’t wait.