Jij&Ik Generates Massive Response

War Child can support an addition 4,378 children and young people in 2017 - thanks to the massive response generated by our annual TV special ‘Jij&Ik’. Relive the best moments here…
14 June 2017

Stars from the worlds of music and TV came together in support of conflict-affected children this week for War Child’s annual TV event ‘Jij&Ik’. The event - hosted by Marco Borsato and Tooske Ragas - featured unique performances from children and their parents, international artists and special reports from the countries where War Child works.

The primetime broadcast on Dutch national broadcaster NPO1 generated massive interest among the viewing public. The hour-and-a-half broadcast saw a fantastic 4,378 people sign up to become new ‘Friends’ of War Child. Their monthly commitment means that we will be able to support many more children on a long-term basis.

Each new supporter has made a commitment of just €8 per month to support children living with the terrible effects of war. You can join them and sign up to become a War Child Friend here - and make a tangible difference in the lives of children and young people.  

Memorable event 

The show featured a number of special reports highlighting the work of War Child around the world. Singing star Angela Groothuizen visited the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon to meet the mothers and daughters who have escaped the terrible conflict in Syria.

Elsewhere, actor Victor Reinier witnessed our work ‘at home’ in the Netherlands with Syrian refugee children. The final film saw dance sensation Shaker meet with children in Uganda who have escaped the civil war in South Sudan.

The entertainment element of the show saw six parent and child perform special songs for the watching TV audience. The winners - with their rendition of Alessia Cara’s hit Scars to Your Beautiful - were Stella and David from Utrecht.

Our special telethon was launched two years ago to raise valuable funds for War Child’s work. War Child works to ensure that children affected by conflict and violence can realise their fundamental rights and build a better future - both for themselves and their communities.