Children reached in 2016 through our programmes worldwide
  • A joint project in support of refugee children in the Netherlands
  • Our innovative education technology initiative
  • War Child has been actively responding to the Syrian crisis
  • Teamup
  • Can't wait to learn
  • Syrian response

War Child: Working Together for Positive Change

In 2016 War Child made a difference in the lives of 381,830 children and young people forced to grow up with the effects of violent conflict.

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.

Scroll down to read the facts, figures and stories about our work in 2016.

Children do not belong in war. Ever.

War Child works to improve the psychosocial well-being of children affected by conflict. We collaborate with organisations across the world to ensure that our work has maximum impact. We intend to reach one million children annually through our programmes - and millions more through our networks.

Watch this video to see the difference we made in 2016

This is how we create value

War Child works to achieve excellence, quality and enhanced impact in everything we do - both at head office and in the fourteen counties in which we are active. Our programmes, methodologies and fundraising activities are all designed to deliver meaningful positive change in the lives of conflict-affected children.

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Financial Capital

Global Presence

Head Office Amsterdam

Office Sweden

Country programmes

  • Afghanistan
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Colombia
  • DR Congo
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • the Netherlands
  • occupied Palestinian territory
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syrian Response
  • Uganda

Intellectual Input

Experienced volunteers

Expertise, knowledge of staff

Core intervention methodology

Human Capital

Social Support

Donor support through

  • 3 main sponsors
  • 10 business partners
  • 151 business friends
  • 54 product sponsors
  • 19 business ambassadors
  • 105,691 individual donors


  • 3,955 people reached by volunteers
  • 2,481 magazines and newspaper articles
  • 4 national campaigns
  • 785,201 website visits

Social reach

  • 17.5 million people

Our operating structure

War Child empowers children to shape their own future, as we unleash their inner strength by using our creative and engaging approach.

We provide protection, psychosocial support and education to children affected by conflict. Together with partners, caregivers and communities, we improve both the resilience and well-being of these children. With our evidence-based interventions we are the expert in our field, while we inspire our partners and host countries to expand our interventions. Together, we create lasting impact in order to reach as many children as we can.

Research & development

War Child has developed a Theory of Change (ToC) which guides the development and implementation of a comprehensive care system for conflict-affected children in the countries where we work. Our R&D activities help us to build the necessary evidence to improve our interventions and significantly increase the scale of our impact.

International programmes

War Child works to deliver a positive, lasting impact on the lives of children and young people in areas of conflict. We operate programmes in fourteen countries that combine protection, education and psychosocial support to achieve enhanced impact. Our goal is to improve the psychosocial well-being of conflict-affected children wherever we can.

Marketing, communications
and fundraising

Our Marketing, Communications and Fundraising (MCF) activities all support our mission to create a global movement for peaceful futures for children affected by war and conflict. We work to inspire increasing numbers of people and organisations to participate in our mission - in any way they can.

Enhanced impact on an increased scale

Children in conflict-affected areas are more resilient and enjoy increased psychosocial wellbeing. Children grow up in peace, free from fear and violence.

Less violent and more resilient communities

Enhanced project impact through more than 50 partner organisations

Research & Development partnerships with universities, official bodies and NGOs

  • “My goal is to help  conflict-affected children all over the world. I know from first-hand experience what war does to children. I would like to show them that they are not alone.”

    Michaela DePrince, ambassador of War Child

  • “I want to bring other children the same opportunities I had in the past with War Child and to try to protect them from the situations of conflict that we all live in. That’s what I want to offer.”

    Ivan, former benificient of War Child

  • “It is unbelievable that millions of children are refugees. This has to stop. In my work with refugee children I see how important it is to give children a safe place where they can be a child again.”

    May Anouan, working for War Child in Lebanon

  • “With my own eyes I saw that war leaves visible and invisible scars. Look into your heart. Doing nothing is not an option.”

    Marco Borsato, ambassador of War Child

  • “None of our accomplishments in 2016 would have been possible if it wasn’t for the drive and motivation of every single member of staff in our organisation and the generous contributions of our many individual friends, volunteers, sponsors and donors.”

    Tjipke Bergsma, director of War Child

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