Two Steps Back - The Lasting Impact of Uganda’s COVID-19 LockdownJuly 29, 2021
In June, Uganda felt the full force of COVID-19’s wrath with some 15,248 new infections prompting hard lockdown. As restrictions are set to be lifted tomorrow, can conflict-affected communities bounce back? “That depends on several things”, says local team lead Daniel Osako.
Distance Learning: The New Normal. But is it Working?July 23, 2021
Since the advent of COVID-19, school closures have caused major disruption to classroom-based learning worldwide. While many tech-driven alternatives have emerged, little is known about how effective they are in practice - particularly for the 160 million children living in conflict zones. War Child - together with UNHCR, Porticus and NYU Global TIES for Children - is developing a tool to get answers.
Home Demolitions Leave Palestinian Families With NothingJuly 20, 2021
Humsa al Baqai’a is a Palestinian herding community in the West Bank. Recently, it became the site of a sixth mass home demolition by the Israeli authorities. Having worked in the community for several years, War Child relays the news with a heavy heart - and is doing everything we can to reach affected families with vital food, water, shelter and psychosocial support.
A New Chapter - Handing Over to Local Partners in Sri LankaJuly 1, 2021
After eleven years, War Child is handing over its programmes in Sri Lanka to local partners. The decision is marked by the closure of the Sri Lanka Country Office today and will see key activities including psychosocial support intervention TeamUp and all ongoing research and development projects included in the transfer.
Our Annual Report: Innovation in Times of CrisisJune 15, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has left no-one untouched. Yet, the fallouts are particularly acute in the countries where War Child is present. Children have become more exposed to a number of grave threats to their safety - in particular physical violence and COVID-19 transmission. The psychological burden they carry is immense and often overlooked in emergency settings. Across 2020, we explored new and innovative ways to meet these challenges head on.
Displaced and Returned: The Silent Crisis Facing Children in Eastern DR CongoJune 6, 2021
Over 27,000 children - including hundreds of babies as young as three months - are facing lasting distress and danger after fleeing a surge of armed conflict in South Kivu, eastern DR Congo recently. With all eyes on the volcanic eruption and resulting humanitarian crisis in Goma, the alarming reality facing these children remains largely unknown. Find out how War Child is working with local partners to support their psychosocial recovery.
War Child Partners with Beirut Hub to Revive Music SceneMay 28, 2021
The music of Lebanon has a long and evocative history. It’s capital city, Beirut, has become a center point for everything from post-war jazz to alternative rock - carving out a unique and unstoppable music scene led by young talent. Everything changed when COVID-19 arrived, followed by the 4 August explosions. We have joined forces with local music hub Onomatopoeia to restore the scene to its former glory.