WE PROTECT, EDUCATE AND STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN WAR

Photo: War Child UK / James Marcus Haney

OUR APPROACH

War Child Australia contributes funds to relief and development projects undertaken by our partners, 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

HOW WE HELP

PROTECTION

Child protection is at the heart of what War Child believes and does. We intervene quickly when conflicts start, to prevent, address and respond to violence, exploitation, abuse or neglect of children. This can include rehabilitating and reintegrating ‘former child soldiers’, working with legal systems to improve justice for children, setting up child helplines and community-based child protection networks, and reunifying children with their families.

EDUCATION

Keeping children in education during wars and other emergencies is a life-saving priority for children and their families.

Our work includes structured learning and play for children, teacher training for early childhood teachers and parenting guidance for parents and caregivers.

LIVELIHOODS

War Child’s work goes beyond providing protection and education for children during conflict, supporting sustainable livelihoods and training to vulnerable young people and their communities – creating a more secure future and safer environment for children.

WHERE WE HELP

Since 2002 War Child Australia has funded programmes or provided assistance in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Kosovo, Jordan’s Syria response, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Currently, War Child and its partners are supporting and running programmes in nine countries.

AFGHANISTAN

War Child has been in Afghanistan since 2002. We work with community groups and families to help find and protect unaccompanied minors, children working on the streets or young people in conflict with the law. We provide counselling and educational support and speak up for children’s rights.

BURUNDI

War Child works on rebuilding social structures inside Burundi. We have worked in partnership with national NGOs inside Burundi since 2008 and established our own operations there in 2011.We identify and support at-risk children by strengthening the capacity of community-based structures concerning child protection.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

War Child is building up community-based skills and support networks to identify and take care of children who are or have been at risk of exploitation.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

We work with authorities and communities in the DRC to put child protection laws into effect and prevent violence against children. This includes running a free helpline to provide rapid support to children at risk and making sure their rights are respected by law enforcers.

IRAQ

A lot of our work in Iraq is done in partnership with local or national NGOs, and includes humanitarian aid, child protection, education support and trauma counselling. We make sure individual children get the help they need, even in hard-to-reach areas.

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

We work with local professional organisations, community groups and families inside the occupied Palestinian territory to protect children from harm and support their psychosocial wellbeing.

SYRIA RESPONSE

War Child has been in Jordan since 2013, working in camps with Syrian refugees and in host communities with local populations. Our projects focus mainly on education, child protection and children’s rights..

UGANDA

We work with local partners to protect and counsel vulnerable Sudanese refugee children in Uganda. We also support a youth-led social enterprise venture that helps young people in northern Uganda improve their prospects by starting their own businesses.

YEMEN

We’re the first international NGO to register in Yemen since the war started. Our team is on the ground getting emergency food to the most vulnerable children.

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War Child Australia
PO Box Q632, QVB NSW 1230
ABN: 31 743 327 860