Protect Childhood

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.

Where we work

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, 98% 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.

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September 3, 2019

What if you can’t get to school during ‘back to school season’?

This week, millions of children in North America are going back to school. But for millions of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the opportunity to go “back to school” is often an unrealized dream. Seven-and-a-half million children in the DRC are not able to go to school due to decades-long instability and…

August 19, 2019

Syrian Refugees: The Road to Recovery

  The brutal civil war in Syria has forced nearly 700,000 refugees to flee to Jordan. War Child’s local team has helped tens of thousands of vulnerable children by providing them with safe spaces to play, to heal, and to further their education.  War Child has also provided support to the families of those children,…

May 28, 2019

War Child Sister Agency Receives Recognition at United Nations

War Child Canada’s sister agency in Holland, War Child Holland, is bringing quality education to children in war zones across the world through its ground-breaking Can’t Wait to Learn program – a fast, effective and low cost gaming technology that is transforming the future of children affected by war. Can’t Wait to Learn is an…


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.

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May 11, 2019

When Mothers Thrive, We All Thrive

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Today we celebrate the contribution of mothers everywhere. Nowhere is their impact felt more than in the communities in which we work, where mothers and their children face the brutal impact of war. Mothers put everything on the line to protect their children – even when faced with the violence, poverty and…

August 24, 2018

Call Her By Her Name

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…

August 14, 2018

Samir Knows His Rights

“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…


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.

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October 5, 2018

Sexual violence campaigners win Nobel Peace Prize

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

International Women’s Day: Beyond Hollywood

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

“Your ambition is going to break my heart”

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…

Protecting Childhood Begins Here

The generosity of our donors allows War Child to continue protecting children and providing war-affected communities with the educational, vocational and legal resources they need to find long term solutions. We thank you in advance for your support.