Innovative Tool Accurately Detects Mental Health Problems Among Children in Conflict SettingsAug. 18, 2021
A new tool is proving to offer a low-cost and effective solution for detecting mental health problems among children in conflict-affected settings. Armed with this evidence, we can now promote the tool as an essential first step in the wider care programme.
An Unlikely Story of Hope: Beirut Blasts, One Year OnAug. 4, 2021
A year ago today, one of the biggest explosions in history tore through downtown Beirut, tipping Lebanon’s capital firmly over the edge. On the first anniversary of this tragic event, it is tales of hardship and human suffering that continue to make the headlines. Yet, there is also a story of hope rising from the ashes…
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 200 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.