WE PROTECT, EDUCATE AND STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN WAR
War Child Australia contributes funds to relief and development projects undertaken by War Child UK.
Historically, funds have been primarily obtained through royalties paid from publications produced by War Child including the anthologies ‘Big Night Out’, ‘Girls Night In’ (volumes 1-3) and ‘Kids Night In’ (volumes 1 and 2). These publications have had the dual purpose of raising funds to be used in field work, and raising public awareness of the plight of children in war zones.
We enjoy collaborating with like-minded organisations to work towards our goals.
Funds raised by War Child Australia are designated by the Management Committee of War Child Australia for particular programmes, many of which are organised or facilitated by War Child UK.
War Child aims to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay on to support them – long after the TV cameras have gone home.
We help keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.
We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of everything we do. Whether it’s helping children who have fled Syria access education, rehabilitating ex-child soldiers in the Central African Republic or seeking justice for young people detained in Afghanistan.
We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them. We campaign on the root causes of conflict, and we demand that children are at the centre of all humanitarian responses.
War can be particularly devastating for children. They often find themselves separated from their families and at huge risk of physical harm, violence or sexual exploitation. They suffer physical and psychological damage that can last a lifetime.
That’s why child protection is at the heart of what War Child does. We intervene quickly when conflicts start, to prevent abuse or neglect of children.
Keeping children in education during wars and other emergencies is a life-saving priority for children and their families.
That’s not just our view: families themselves consistently prioritise education at times of crisis. They know that it helps their children to keep some sense of normality in otherwise stressful circumstances, and improves the prospects for recovery and longer-term wellbeing.
But right now more than 75 million children and young people (aged 3-18) are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries. And less than 2% of global humanitarian aid goes towards education.
Even when children are able to access education in conflict-affected countries there are huge challenges – like overcrowded classrooms, lack of teachers and resources, and violence in or on-route to school.
At War Child we see protecting children’s right to education as a central part of our response to a crisis.
Education provides physical and psychosocial protection that can save and sustain lives.
War Child’s work goes beyond providing protection and education for children during conflict.
We also deliver long-term, sustainable ‘livelihood’ support to young people and their communities – creating a more secure future and safer environment for children.
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War Child Australia
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