When war sweeps through a child’s life, it can have devastating effects. As a result of armed conflict, children and young people often become anxious, depressed and withdrawn, or rebellious and aggressive. In order to overcome these effects of war, War Child provides children and young people with psychosocial support, education and protection.
War Child encourages children and young people to play an active role in shaping their own future. Children and young people are creative and have the skills to shape their lives and cope with adversity, even when they have experienced armed conflict. In War Child’s projects, children and young people use creativity as a tool to cope with the effects of armed conflict. Creative activities generate positive energy, give children and young people new skills that they can be proud of and provide instant fun. They learn to overcome their fears, develop confidence, and find a way to deal with their experiences. Through active participation in our projects, children and young people, including the most vulnerable, are able to express their views freely and have a say in decision-making. As a conflict-sensitive organisation, War Child ensures its actions and projects do not negatively influence a conflict.
Three mutually supportive intervention strategies realise positive change in the lives of children and young people:
- Children and young people are directly supported in activities and projects.
- War Child builds the capacity of parents, teachers, social workers, communities, and local and national organisations and institutions.
- National and international decision makers are targeted through advocacy campaigns in an effort to ensure that laws, policies and practices fully support the safe and healthy development of children. Child rights, as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are at the core of our programming.