Childhood is a pivotal time in our lives. But it is also fragile, and can be easily corrupted by the effects of war.
By providing access to education, opportunity and justice, War Child gives children in war-affected communities the chance to reclaim their childhood and break the cycle of poverty and violence.
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.
Education is critical for all families. But for those living in war, it can be life saving. Being able to read safety instructions, or to understand the direction on a child’s medicine are life-changing skills.
However, years of violence can see schools destroyed and educations fractured. It can halt a child’s development for years. War Child is restoring every child’s right to learn in these areas by pioneering new delivery methods, adapting curriculums, and training new educators.
January 9, 2019
Up until recently, Razia started each day watching the neighbourhood children gather and walk to class before starting the household chores with her mother. She really wanted to go to school with the others, but her father forbade it because he was terrified she would get kidnapped on her way. It is a harsh reality…
August 14, 2018
“I am not only a child, I am a member of this society. Children can also bring changes and solve problems.” We couldn’t have said it better, Samir. As War Child Canada’s programs continue in Afghanistan, our impact grows exponentially as more and more community members become involved. In conflict-afflicted areas, investment in children’s empowerment…
June 5, 2018
Written by Sana Salam Zada, Project Manager, Iraq Zain is just 5-years-old. He and his family were forced to flee their hometown of Daqouk, Iraq due to ISIS attacks and recently arrived in the city of Kirkuk. Having left their home and jobs behind, his parents now seek to build a life in a strange,…
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, helping them resist the lure of armed groups. War Child is enabling mothers and fathers to bring home an income, provide for their children and help their community grow towards economic stability.
August 24, 2018
Written by: Emma Goldman AMMAN, JORDAN — The Nuzha Women’s Center is nestled within the winding streets of the urban neighborhood of Eastern Amman. Built of rough-hewn stone, it is a haven for the hundreds of Syrian refugee women who gather daily for support sessions led by War Child staff and volunteers. As the women…
March 7, 2017
Next week, the countries of the world will meet at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women – an annual event to discuss progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year’s theme is “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” At the end of the meeting,…
War limits a country’s ability to bring criminals to justice. Sexual violence, emotional abuse and family abandonment are commonplace for mothers and children even after the guns have fallen silent.
War Child supports women and children by working directly with local justice organizations to rebuild legal structures, provide access to free legal counsel and making sure judges, police and communities understand the meaning of rights.
October 5, 2018
The announcement that Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is a long overdue recognition of two heroic activists in the struggle against the rising tide of sexual violence across the world. Rape has been used as a weapon of war for all of history but its normalization is a…
March 8, 2018
It’s been a big year for women’s rights. Women have bravely spoken out against abuse like never before and are standing proudly—marching, mobilizing and banding together—in support of other women and a more gender-equal world. This means that #TimesUp for those who have abused their power to demean, violate and silence women. A powerful movement…
March 8, 2017
For International Women’s Day, actress, producer and War Child Ambassador, Zosia Mamet, writes about how her personal experience led to her commitment to the organisation and the women we work with. I am sitting on my bed next to a boy, my boyfriend at the time, who is sobbing into my lap because I have just…
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