Give a mother the tools to earn, and you’ll give her the power to provide a safe home for her children.
Employment also brings young men a sense of purpose and a way to contribute to their family. It can also help them resist the lure of armed groups. War Child provides skills training, investment and support for families whose opportunities have been compromised by war. We are enabling mothers and fathers to bring home an income, provide for their children and help their community grow towards economic stability.Read the stories
In conflict and post-conflict areas, families are often unable to provide for their basic needs, including those of their children. Young people are particularly vulnerable, because without a means of earning a living, there is an increased likelihood of harmful behaviour and a return to violence.
A stable family income improves children’s prospects for mental health and physical development by providing them with easier access to food, shelter, health services and education. War Child’s livelihoods programming creates opportunities for women and young people to gain the skills that they need to secure dignified employment and income for themselves and their families.
In urban settings, War Child focuses on vocational skills training, conducting market assessments, and small business development. In Afghanistan, programming targeting vulnerable women has enabled them to support their children and become financially independent. Women are provided with basic education, vocational training and an initial microfinance loan, as well as ongoing support to enable them to launch their own small businesses. Women who complete this program in turn mentor other young women, passing along the skills and knowledge they gained.
In rural settings, War Child addresses chronic food insecurity by promoting early recovery, sustainable livelihoods and market initiatives. This includes livestock support, seed and tool fairs, small-scale demonstration farms, training of animal health workers, and business and technical training for farmers and pastoralists.
War Child’s livelihoods interventions also include increasing opportunities for youth to contribute positively to their communities, and to restore a sense of dignity through employment opportunities.Donate
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The generosity of our donors allows War Child to continue protecting children and providing war-affected communities with educational, vocational and legal resources. We thank you in advance for your support.Donate