Children in Bosnia overcame the effects of the divisive war that stormed through their country. Young people in Colombia learned to firmly say “no” to guerrilla groups. Girls in Afghanistan made their way back into school.

Since our establishment, War Child has made an essential and lasting impact in the lives of children and young people affected by armed conflict.  Every year hundreds of thousands of children affected by armed conflict regain their sense of confidence, restore their outlook on the future, and feel safe again through our programmes. They play and have fun together, learn, and develop.

Still, the lives of many children and young people are tainted by violence, destruction and fear. We will continue to increase the reach and impact of our programmes as long as children continue to feel the effects of conflict. We will continue to strive to reach those who are most vulnerable, those who did not ask to be caught up in conflict, those who are the future of their countries: children and young people.

Independent and impartial

War Child is an independent and impartial, international nongovernmental organisation investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We support children regardless of their religion, ethnicity, social background, or gender. Our work is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We implement programmes in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe. Our head office is located in the Netherlands.
War Child believes that children and young people should play an active role in defining the future. Not only for themselves but also for their communities. Children are creative and have the ability and skills to shape their lives and cope with adversity, even when they have experienced armed conflict.


We empower children and young people to shape their own futures. We believe they are able to use their inner strength to create new opportunities, ideas and initiatives. Children are the ones who can realise their rights and change the future. Not only for themselves, but also for their peers, caregivers and communities.  

We empower children and young people by:
•    providing psychosocial support
•    stimulating education;
•    protecting children from the effects of war. 
Learn more about our programming lines and our approach

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Child rights, as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, form the core of our programming. Together with children and young people, we address child rights violations directly to those who bear responsibility for fulfilling them. Children themselves show their parents, teachers and policy makers the importance of fulfilling child rights at the national and international levels.

War Child international

War Child Holland is part of War Child International together with War Child Canada and War Child United Kingdom. Learn more

Organisational Structure

Stichting War Child is an organisation set up for the benefit of war children. WCH is founded in the Netherlands and operates primarily under Dutch law, but works in various countries – where it abides also to the local laws. In line with Dutch law, rules and regulations, WCH clearly separates the executive/managerial responsibilities and duties, from the supervisory responsibilities and duties. These rules concern the main duties and responsibilities of the Supervisory Board. In this document, we clearly outline the rules for the Supervisory Board to ensure execution and decision-making are up to the highest standard.


The majority of War Child’s revenue comes from private donors and companies. War Child strives to report transparently on our successes and failures in all aspects of our programming, finances and operations in order to communicate openly to our constituency. Our Annual Reports received a ‘Triple-A’ rating from the Transparant Prijs (Transparency Award). The award was established by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to gauge the level of transparency among fundraising organisations in the Netherlands in their annual reports. See our latest annual report here

In order to measure impact and be accountable for our programming results, War Child uses a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) system. 

Low-cost policy

War Child applies a stringent low-cost policy. Hundreds of corporate sponsors support War Child by providing their products and services free of charge. Over the last five years, War Child has been able to keep its fundraising expenditures as low as 18.7 percent of its fundraising revenue, on average. By comparison, the Dutch Central Bureau for Fundraising stipulates that a recognized charity may devote a maximum of 25 percent of its income to fundraising activities.