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War Child empowers children and young people to shape their own future. We believe that children and young people can use their inner strength to create new opportunities, ideas, and initiatives. They are the ones who can realise their rights and change the future. Not only for themselves, but also for their peers, caregivers and communities. To reach this, we use three integrated programming themes:

  1. Psychosocial support

    In war, a child's life changes abruptly. Children and young people witness or even actively participate in violence, most of the time against their will. During armed conflict many children and young people live in IDP (Internally Displaced Person) or refugee camps, experience the loss of relatives, and lack structure and daily activities. As a result they can become anxious, depressed and withdrawn, or rebellious and aggressive. In order to overcome these effects, War Child provides these children and people with psychosocial support.

  2. Education

    For children, war often means no more school because it's too dangerous or because there are simply no schools or clubs. War Child enables children and young people to claim their right to quality education. We work in three main areas: non-formal education, Vocational Education and formal primary education. And we invest in innovative approaches to improve child learning.

  3. Child protection

    Conflict puts children at the bottom of the ladder. While parents often need to focus on basic survival needs, children run the risk of being neglected, denied education or abused. Communities break apart and are no longer able to provide a secure environment for children. Without support, surviving in a conflict-affected area is even harder.

War Child’s life skills course: The DEALS

The DEALS consist of comprehensive theme-based psychosocial interventions designed to build the resilience of children and young people. Parents and caregivers can also simultaneously follow their own course through a similar intervention. The DEALS combine creative activities and games with group discussions and home assignments.