War Child Calls to End Violence In East Jerusalem and GazaMay 12, 2021
Over the past week, eleven Palestinian children have been killed, at least 29 injured, and eight arrested in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. The situation remains tense with further escalations in violence unfolding by the hour. War Child calls on all parties to de-escalate and end violence against children.
Colombia Unrest: “Art and Dance as a Calm in the Storm”May 12, 2021
On 28 April, tens of thousands of Colombians took to the streets in protest against a controversial tax reform. Only a few weeks later, the country has descended into violence, with youth bearing the brunt of a surge in unrest and deadly clashes between police and civilians. War Child is on the ground exploring safe and creative ways to promote peace and protect children, as our project coordinator Tomas Lion explains...
Report Reveals COVID-19 Impact on Young MindsApril 28, 2021
Before COVID-19, an estimated 1 in 5 children living in conflict-affected areas were in urgent need of mental health care. Now, this figure has more than tripled for children fleeing war and violence.
Fostering wellbeing through education in Northeast SyriaMarch 29, 2021
Six million children inside Syria’s borders are living in the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crisis situations in the world. Grave violations of children’s rights - including killing, maiming and recruitment into armed groups – are too frequent an occurrence. And the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the risks that Syria’s children face.
A Decade of Despair: Time to End Syria's SufferingMarch 15, 2021
This week marks ten long years of humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Amid this grim milestone, the violence and indiscriminate attacks against children, families and communities continue unabated. More people in Syria than ever before currently lack clean water and don’t know when they will have their next meal. War Child is joining international calls for urgent diplomatic and humanitarian action.
Children in conflict in urgent need of free and equal access to COVID-19 vaccinesMarch 11, 2021
Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic a year ago, we’ve seen its catastrophic impact on billions of children’s lives – including their mental health. Find out how War Child is taking a stand against pharmaceutical firms and governments that are blocking children’s equitable and free access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Renewed hope for Ugandan pupils caught up in corona and conflict crisesMarch 9, 2021
When humanitarian crises strike, children are amongst the hardest hit. And when it impacts on their education, it can mean long-term and irreversible effects on their development, wellbeing and their future. Find out how Can’t Wait to Learn, our digital-based education programme is bringing renewed hope and confidence to crisis affected children in Uganda and how scaling it up across the country could benefit many more.
How digital innovations are supporting Burundi’s children – the silent victims of the COVID 19 pandemicMarch 8, 2021
Children are invariably the silent victims of humanitarian crises. The COVID-19 crisis in Burundi is proving to be no different, with millions of children and young people needing urgent support with matters of the mind, protection and education. Addressing these can make a lasting difference in their lives. Find out how War Child is working with children, youths, community groups, technicians and education departments to develop, test and launch new solutions so no child is left behind.
Why conflict-affected children must have free and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine - nowMarch 1, 2021
In addition to the staggering loss of lives, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a catastrophic social, educational and mental health crisis for conflict-affected children. Find out how ensuring urgent, equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine can halt the creation of a lost generation of children - and how War Child is taking a stand against this massive injustice.
Research: artificial intelligence to help learning in conflict zonesFeb. 23, 2021
Our Can’t Wait to Learn programme enables children affected by violence and war to learn through playing digital educational games. New research suggests applied artificial intelligence can prevent children getting stuck on digital learning tasks, becoming frustrated and demotivated. We unpack the headline findings here.
Education and Wellbeing under Threat in the West BankFeb. 11, 2021
Every child has the right to go to school. Yet in the occupied Palestinian territory - particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - claiming that right is never easy. And the negative effects of the many barriers to learning make themselves felt in many ways.
Keeping Education Open in the Midst of CrisisJan. 24, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education systems in history. And the world’s 160 million children living with the effects of violence and armed conflict have been among the hardest hit. War Child has rolled out innovations to reach these children - overcoming the effects of lockdowns and school closures.
Can't Wait To Learn: boosting education outcomesJan. 12, 2021
Some 59 million children of primary school age affected by armed conflict have no access to education - and innovations are urgently required to bridge this learning gap. Our digital education programme Can't Wait to Learn is designed to meet this challenge. A scientific study shows that it has led to significant improvements in both literacy and numeracy.
Denying mental health care to children is a violation of their human rightsDec. 10, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis is providing a stark reminder of the inextricable link between our physical and mental health. Both are fundamental human rights protected by international treaties – yet mental health is by far the more underfunded and violated right.
South Sudan Floods Pose New Threats to Children and FamiliesNov. 9, 2020
Unprecedented torrential rains in South Sudan have submerged large parts of the country - placing more than 900,000 people at risk of hunger, waterborne diseases and psychological distress. The impact on children has been particularly acute. Find out how War Child is working to respond to urgent needs.
Beirut Blasts: Three Months OnNov. 4, 2020
Lebanon’s capital Beirut remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis - three months on from the devastating explosions that rocked the city. An economic collapse has seen millions of families still without adequate food and shelter - and the COVID-19 pandemic remains a serious concern. We are working to meet emergency needs and shield children from harm.
War Child and partners expand research activities to boost education quality and accessOct. 26, 2020
In the current climate of increasingly protracted crises and forced displacement, there is growing demand for evidence-based, scalable education programmes. Can't Wait to Learn - the War Child-led education-technology programme - is one example. New research is set to support its efforts to ensure equitable access to quality education. Find out more.
Play and movement – key to better school performance for refugee childrenOct. 26, 2020
Children new to The Netherlands perform markedly better at school if their social-emotional well-being is given priority, a new evaluation report has found. The report, a collaboration between War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands, looks at how TeamUp activities improve children’s well-being. The organisations consider it important that more attention is paid to socio-emotional learning within newcomer education.
Rebuilding Family Wellbeing through EducationOct. 22, 2020
War Child and our partners not only work to uphold the fundamental needs of children and youth - we also support the important adults in children's lives. Adults like Nader - a widower who found a way to reconnect with his two young sons through our Back to the Future programme. This is their story…
Children: The hidden victims of COVID-19Oct. 20, 2020
A major new initiative by War Child and World Vision Australia will explore the impact of the COVID-19 on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by armed conflict.
Developing STRETCH and Understanding StigmatisationOct. 16, 2020
War Child undertook a qualitative study with adolescents and adults in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to learn about processes and drivers of stigmatisation. These efforts towards a common stigma reduction approach have been outlined in a new academic paper. Read more for an overview.
New Moves to Uphold Children’s Wellbeing in BurundiOct. 12, 2020
Burundi is seeing a growing number of COVID-19 cases - posing a major risk to both children’s wellbeing and education. Efforts to combat the spread of the pandemic have been successful - but thousands of children remain displaced amid widespread poverty. Find out how we’ve reached some 45,000 people with direct support and information.
Urgent Action to Provide Food Parcels in LebanonOct. 6, 2020
Lebanon remains in the grip of an economic crisis. Typical monthly food costs have more than doubled over the past six months - and vital services have been heavily disrupted in the wake of the Beirut explosions. Find out how War Child is working with local organisations to bridge gaps and meet both the urgent and enduring needs of children and caregivers.
Back to the Future: Finding My Voice in LockdownOct. 1, 2020
Learning in the midst of lockdown is a challenge for refugee children in Lebanon - particularly those with special educational needs. Find out how War Child is working with other leading NGOs to meet the urgent learning needs of all children through the Back to the Future project.
COVID-19 Threatens Fresh Crisis in GazaSept. 17, 2020
A major COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza threatens to bring about a fresh humanitarian crisis in the crowded enclave. More than 1,500 people have been infected over the past three weeks - with few available resources to counter the spread of the virus. Find out how we’re working to uphold the wellbeing of children and families as the pandemic expands.
Children Affected by War and Corona Face a More Secure Future Through Remote EducationSept. 3, 2020
For children like Laith and Laila who have lost their families, friends and homes due to war, school is much more than just a place to learn. It is where they feel safe in times of stress and insecurity. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools around the world have closed and children affected by war have had to miss out on the support their schools provide. To address this gap, War Child is now supporting children in crisis areas with quality remote education.
“The whole of Lebanon seems to have jumped into action”Aug. 18, 2020
Beirut’s communities continue to work together as part of the ongoing relief operation following this month’s explosions. War Child researcher Felicity Brown was on the ground - and witnessed the legendary resilience of the Lebanese people first-hand. She shares her story here.
War Child Steps Up Support for the People of BeirutAug. 13, 2020
Beirut is the centre of a massive clean-up operation - as people come together to set up emergency support services following last week’s explosions. Yet shelter remains scarce. Food supplies are heavily disrupted - and the threat of a prolonged humanitarian crisis is increasing. Find out how our staff in Lebanon are working to meet urgent needs.
Voice Your Mind: Mentoring a New Generation of Youth LeadersAug. 12, 2020
Every young person has the fundamental right to have their voice heard on the issues that affect their lives. And youth voices can have a positive effect in bringing about real, meaningful social change. That’s why - together with War Child Germany - we’re supporting 15 young people to express themselves through Voice Your Mind - a new global platform and advocacy campaign.
Proactive Detection: Reaching Children and Families in Need of Mental Health CareAug. 10, 2020
Many barriers - both social and external - impede children and youth from accessing much-needed mental health care. So how can we address these barriers - and increase take up of available mental health care services? War Child R&D student intern Sophia Mueller examines how proactive case detection can play a major part.
War Child Stands in Solidarity with the People of LebanonAug. 6, 2020
War Child is deeply saddened by the explosion in Beirut. Our Beirut Office is temporarily closed but we will continue to support affected people. Find out more about our response...
Palestinian Youth Speak Out for a Better FutureJuly 31, 2020
Fundamental rights are under threat in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) as a result of Israel’s proposed annexation of large swathes of West Bank land. The views and concerns of children and youth have so far been ignored - which is why we teamed up with leading child rights organisations to give them a platform. Find out more.
Can't Wait to Learn Expands Research to Help Boost Global Education OutcomesJuly 27, 2020
Can’t Wait to Learn - the e-learning programme driven by War Child and coalition partners - is developing new research to help strengthen education systems and improve learning outcomes on a global scale. Find out more about our efforts to widen access to quality education for millions of children.
Uganda’s refugee children in urgent need of mental health supportJune 20, 2020
Life as a refugee or displaced child is notoriously dangerous and is a psychologically complex and often harrowing experience. With the growing number of children forced to leave their homes worldwide, the need for protection, education and global psychosocial support for displaced children is rapidly rising.
COVID-19 Response: Shielding The Most VulnerableJune 19, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is now reaching communities already facing the impacts of violence and armed conflict. Through our emergency response War Child is taking every action to stop the spread of the virus and meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and communities. Learn more about our efforts as we enter the next phase.
Our Annual Report: Accelerating Our Response to the Mental Health CrisisJune 3, 2020
A record 149 million children and young people worldwide live with the direct effects of violence and armed conflict. The vast majority of them - an estimated 84 million children - experience significant psychological problems as a result of their exposure to this violent instability. Yet an estimated 95 per cent of these children receive no mental health support at all - due in part to a critical absence of humanitarian funding. We worked to bridge the gap in 2019 - and these efforts are laid out in our new Annual Report.
Adapting Shield to the New Reality in LebanonJune 2, 2020
In Lebanon the COVID-19 pandemic has required our programme teams to find new and innovative ways to deliver vital support to children across the country. The outbreak of the pandemic put a temporary halt to our integrated child protection programme Shield - until our teams developed a remote learning solution. Here’s how they did it…
Minds United for Mental Health: 10 Steps to Uphold Wellbeing Amid COVID-19May 28, 2020
The devastating physical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is all too apparent. Yet the global mental health crisis emerging in the wake of the pandemic - and its effects on vulnerable children and their families - has so far received little attention. We brought together a panel of experts to explore potential actions to address the crisis. Here’s what they came up with…
Filling the Gaps to Include the Most Vulnerable in JordanMay 20, 2020
In Jordan measures to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic have been decisive - including school closures, travel restrictions and a ban on all social and cultural group activity. These restrictions have had severe and immediate impacts on vulnerable refugee and host communities in underserved and hard to reach areas of the country. Find out how we’re working to fill these critical gaps…
How we adapted EASE (Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions) in LebanonMay 19, 2020
The EASE (Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions) intervention is being tested for effectiveness in Lebanon this year. Prior to the evaluation, the intervention needed to be adapted to the cultural context of Lebanon. Here's how we did it...
COVID-19 Emergency response for 65,000 South Sudanese childrenMay 12, 2020
South Sudan, as almost every other nation, has not been spared the devastating impact of the coronavirus. The pandemic alone has been enough to cripple even the most stable nations. But add to this the already fragile humanitarian, environmental and political context of South Sudan and there is a perfect storm in the making…
Delivering Direct Support under COVID-19 Restrictions in LebanonMay 7, 2020
War Child is working in Lebanon to uphold the safety and wellbeing of children and families living under the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Yet our efforts can fall short unless we first ensure that basic needs are met - which is why we are working with local youth volunteers to distribute food packages to the most vulnerable families…
Continued learning for 60,000 children in Uganda during COVID-19May 4, 2020
In collaboration with four partner organisations, we are providing learning and psychosocial support to over 60,000 children from refugee and host communities in Uganda during the coronavirus pandemic.
Caregiver Support Intervention: Global lockdown, Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon and remote data collectionMay 1, 2020
What happens when the COVID-19 pandemic halts research which has taken years to develop and a significant investment to undertake? The research team developing the Caregiver Support Intervention (CSI) faced that exact challenge - and came up with an innovative solution. Find out more…
Direct Deliveries to Meet Vital Needs in GazaApril 21, 2020
The threat posed by COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is increasing - with potentially calamitous consequences. War Child is working in Gaza to uphold the wellbeing of children and communities - delivering hygiene and child care kits directly to the most vulnerable families.
Shielding Children and Communities from the Coronavirus PandemicMarch 26, 2020
War Child works in countries where life-sustaining services are disrupted by armed conflict. We are now adapting our activities to meet the fresh challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how we are working to ensure children are protected - with help from Afrobeat star Check-B Magic…
War Child maintains support for children amid coronavirus pandemicMarch 19, 2020
War Child will continue to support children worldwide as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Find out more about our efforts to uphold the social and emotional wellbeing of children and communities affected by the pandemic.
War Child switches to coronavirus awareness raisingMarch 13, 2020
War Child is suspending group activities with children in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This decision has been taken to protect the health of the children and families who take part in our programmes.
Driving our Care System forward: the STRETCH interventionMarch 11, 2020
War Child is working to develop an approach to tackle stigmatisation - and mitigate its real world effects. Our research has found that existing approaches to tackle stigma too often overlook the specific needs of children and youth - but what can we learn from the existing body of evidence? We take a look...
Stitch by stitch: Young women create a brighter futureMarch 8, 2020
Today, on International Women’s Day, Nyayoo(17), Nyachwad (18) and Nyaou (18) are joining millions of women and men, girls and boys worldwide in empowering themselves to bring about a brighter future.
Can't Wait to Learn among top 100 Social InnovationsFeb. 19, 2020
Can’t Wait to Learn - the e-learning programme driven by War Child Holland and coalition partners - has been chosen as one of the top 100 innovations to help solve the world's most critical social challenges.
Our Work Around the World in 2019Feb. 4, 2020
Thanks to your support, War Child made significant progress last year in our mission to improve the resilience and wellbeing of children living with violence and armed conflict. From individual successes to the roll out of international programmes, we present our key achievements during 2019...
International Day of Education – A right for all childrenJan. 24, 2020
Today, more than 32 million children and youth are out of school as a result of armed conflict. Denied their right to an education, exposed to violence - these children often experience mental health and psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. War Child's Can't Wait to Learn programme addresses this critical education emergency.
War Child developing new play methods in Eastern AfricaDec. 10, 2019
War Child is helping to develop new methods of learning through play for children affected by armed violence in East Africa. There are as many as three million refugees in the region, often spending a decade or more of their lives away from their homes, which means a generation of children is deprived of education and a childhood.
Vivianne Miedema new War Child ambassadorDec. 3, 2019
Vivianne Miedema is War Child’s newest ambassador. The striker for Arsenal and the Netherlands women’s national football team will commit to support children affected by violence and armed conflict, by, among other things, taking the lead in our sports fundraising activities.
New approach to tackle the crisis in mental healthNov. 21, 2019
Professor Mark Jordans - War Child head of Research and Development - argues for a new approach to meet the urgent mental health needs of children living in the midst of war. In our latest video he shares his vision to mark the inauguration of the War Child Holland academic chair.
Child Rights: the core of our workNov. 20, 2019
Today marks the 30 year anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - a ground-breaking international agreement guiding the protection of children’s rights worldwide. The Convention forms the core of War Child’s work to uphold the fundamental rights of children.
Closing the education gap for Syria’s refugee childrenNov. 14, 2019
More than 630,000 Syrian children now live as refugees in Lebanon - the majority of whom face significant barriers to accessing education. War Child is working with partners to help close this education gap through the Shield project. Watch our latest video to find out more.
TeamUp's efforts to meet the needs of Venezuela's child refugeesNov. 11, 2019
Venezuela has been in the grip of an economic crisis for the past four years - a crisis that has seen some four million people leave its borders in search of a better life. Only Syria has seen more of its citizens leave to live as refugees in neighbouring states - and Venezuela’s crisis shows no sign of ending soon.
A New Care Solution for Children Living With WarNov. 8, 2019
Some 84 million children worldwide experience psychological and social problems as a result of war and violence. Yet for 95 to 99% of these children there is no mental health support available at all - resulting in lifelong problems. War Child’s Mark Jordans will outline a potential solution to address this urgent situation next week in a major new speech…
Call for Action to Meet Emergency Mental Health NeedsOct. 9, 2019
War Child has presented a petition with over 20,000 signatures calling for increased resources to be directed towards humanitarian mental health responses. The petition was passed to Sigrid Kaag - Netherlands International Development Minister - during this week’s International Conference on MHPSS in Crisis Situations.
How we supported 8,000 Burundian children to go back to schoolOct. 1, 2019
War Child has come together with child protection committees and local authorities in Burundi to bring out-of-school children back into education. These efforts have seen nearly 8,000 children reclaim their right to learn. Read on to find out how we did it...
Peace Sessions: Putting Psychosocial support to the foreSept. 24, 2019
War Child held the second edition of our ‘Peace Sessions - Expert’ event in The Hague this week - a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge on the impact of war on children. A number of key recommendations were generated at the event - which we will present at the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations, held in Amsterdam next month…
Working to Meet Global Challenges in EducationJuly 29, 2019
Experts from the humanitarian and academic sectors will come together in Barcelona this week for a major conference. The APPAM ‘Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change’ event will address policy solutions to meet new and emerging global challenges - and War Child will be there.
World Refugee Day - A Brighter Future For Refugee Children in LebanonJune 20, 2019
To mark World Refugee Day we present LOST - a new MFA-funded project that sees War Child work with Nuffic - the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. This special project is handing teachers the tools to improve the prospects and integration of refugee youth in Lebanon.
EU: €1.1 million for psychosocial support to DR CongoJune 12, 2019
The European Union is providing €1.1 million to provide critical and urgent psychosocial support to 10,000 DR Congolese refugees in refugee camps in western Uganda – 6,000 of whom are children.
Games for Change nominates Can’t Wait to LearnJune 5, 2019
The annual Games For Change festival celebrates technological innovations that contribute to social good. The festival takes place this month in New York - and our transformative education programme Can’t Wait to Learn is nominated for two major awards.
Our #DrawTheLine CampaignMay 20, 2019
War marks children for life. But with the right psychosocial support, it doesn’t have to. 84 million children urgently need this support.
War Child Issues Collaboration CallApril 29, 2019
Innovation is at the core of War Child’s activities in the field of Research and Development. That's why we're looking to collaborate with expert organisations, companies and practitioners for the continued development of three new interventions. Do you or your company have expertise to help push these trajectories forward? Find out how you can get involved...
Sri Lanka: how to move on?April 25, 2019
Sri Lanka was hit by a devastating series of terrorist attacks last weekend in which at least 250 people – 45 of them children - lost their lives and over 500 were injured. In the midst of grief, chaos and destruction, War Child is wasting no time to examine what it can do in the short-term to support those directly affected.
Defending the right to live in safetyApril 11, 2019
Child rights in the occupied Palestinian territories have come under increasingly violent assault in the wake of protests at Gaza’s border. We work to safeguard the legal rights of children and provide vital psychological support - both on the ground and internationally. Find out more about these efforts.
“Can I just go to school without bombing sounds?”April 10, 2019
ACT to Protect - a UN campaign in support of children affected by armed conflict - launches today at the European Parliament in Brussels. The launch event will see Heba (22) - Syrian refugee and former War Child volunteer - share her powerful story of living in the midst of war. Read more about her efforts to support other children experiencing armed conflict…
How we support Venezuelan children seeking refuge in ColombiaMarch 9, 2019
The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has already driven over three million people into neighbouring states in search of safety. Some 1.7 million people have fled to Colombia. Read on to see how War Child is helping them deal with their experiences.
Prestigious UNESCO-prize for our education programme with tabletsFeb. 26, 2019
Can't Wait to Learn, our innovative programme providing education to children affected by conflict, was awarded a prestigious prize by UNESCO. The programme teaches children how to read, write and count by playing educational games on tablet devices. Read more on how we support children to reclaim their right to learn.
What pushes children to become soldiers?Feb. 12, 2019
Outbreaks of armed violence frequently go together with the recruitment of child soldiers. It is often assumed that children are solely enlisted by force into armed groups - but do other factors play a role? We ask Mark Jordans, War Child director of Research & Development.
"Violence is almost inevitable - and children face the greatest risk."Dec. 20, 2018
Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were due to take place this Sunday - and tension has increased still further following the announcement that the poll is cancelled indefinitely. The country’s children are particularly exposed to the threat of violence - as our local education advisor Jean Kabisa explains.
War Child shortlisted for innovation awardSept. 20, 2018
The Spindle Awards celebrate humanitarian innovation - and this year War Child is proud to be nominated for the Best Innovation for Development Award. We are shortlisted for our new tool that could increase access to mental health care for millions of children worldwide.