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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 - or one in nine children worldwide.
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.
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.
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, 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).
Jeffrey Orridge was recently 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.
Elliot Pobjoy is an Associate 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, Omar Khan is a Vice President, Public Affairs at Hill+Knowlton Canada.
Previously, Omar served as Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care where he was responsible for, among other things, providing insights and counsel on emerging issues, strategic decisions and policy development to the Minister, Premier’s Office and other Cabinet members.
Omar has also worked as Chief of Staff at the Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and at the Office of the Minister of Government Services. He has been Senior Policy and Stakeholder Relations Advisor with the Offices of the Attorney General of Ontario, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Minister of Labour.
Omar holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario.
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