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Programme Partnerships

War Child works in partnership with other organisations to effectively deliver our programmes. We depend on the expertise, knowledge and complimentary capacity of partner organisations, both on an international basis and inside our countries of operation. The organisations we worked with during 2016 are listed below:

Mercy Corps: In 2014, War Child and Mercy Corps were awarded a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada for a project entitled ‘Protection and Education of Vulnerable Children and Youth in Colombia’. The goal of this continuing project is to increase the realisation of protection and education rights leading to a future free of violence for girls, boys and youth in Putumayo and Chocó.

ZOA: War Child works in partnership with Dutch organisation ZOA inside the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, where both organisations are officially designated as a Strategic Partner of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protracted Crises for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. In 2016 the collaboration between both organisations was extended through the development of a new project - Addressing Root Causes of Conflict - that will launch in 2017.

Right To Play: Right To Play is our strategic partner in the ‘You Lead’ project in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The project, funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, ran from 2013 until December 2016 and was devised to improve children's access to safe places for recreational activities and to empower young people to become leaders for children in their communities. War Child also works together with Right to Play in Lebanon in the Sports and Humanitarian Assistance (SaHA) project.

KNVB WorldCoaches: War Child works with the KNVB WorldCoaches programme in Lebanon in the project Sport and Humanitarian Assistance. Through the power of sport, Lebanese and Syrian children are brought together and learn sporting skills as well as other life skills that enable them to live and play together.

TeamUp coalition: War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands joined forces in 2015 to jointly support refugee children in the Netherlands through the project ‘TeamUp’. The objective of TeamUp is to offer children in asylum reception centres structured recreational activities, facilitated by professionals on a voluntary basis. Sport, play and dance at fixed days and times ensure stability and structure, enhance life skills and provide relaxation. At the end of 2016, TeamUp was implemented in eight locations across the Netherlands, reaching some 500 children and young people aged from six to seventeen, with the help of 56 facilitators. Team Up is supported by COA.

LEGO Foundation: In 2016 the LEGO Foundation offered War Child a significant in-kind donation for the project ‘Reaching out for Protection, Reaching in for Resilience’. This project supports Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon to enhance child protection and to build the resilience of both children and caregivers. The donation of LEGO and DUPLO bricks are used in 36 'Safe Spaces' for Syrian refugee and vulnerable Lebanese children in North Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and Beirut.

Dutch Relief Alliance: War Child is a member of the Dutch Relief Alliance. The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) responds to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. The Alliance is a cooperation of fourteen Dutch NGOs, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MoFA). As part of the alliance, during 2016 War Child joined the responses in South Sudan, Iraq, Central African Republic and the joint intervention in response to the Syrian conflict. 

Can’t Wait to Learn coalition: All sponsors and partners working as part of Can’t Wait to Learn share one vision: to work together to develop a model that offers conflict-affected children access to quality education. Each partner contributes its unique knowledge, expertise and strength.  Can't Wait to Learn is a collaboration between War Child, Ahfad University for Women, TNO, Butterfly Works, Ministries of Education in Sudan, Jordan and Lebanon and UNICEF. In 2016 Can’t Wait to Learn was one of the first three projects worldwide chosen to join the Humanitarian Education Accelerator programme (for education innovations in emergencies), led by UNHCR, UNICEF and DFID. See our Funding Partners section for further details.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Conn@ct.Now: From 2011 until early 2016, a coalition comprising War Child, Child Helpline International, Free Press Unlimited and TNO implemented the Conn@ct.Now programme with the shared ambition to increase outreach to children in fragile states, using creative and innovative methods, including ICT and media. The goal of the programme was to reach, support and enable the social activation of children and young people in fragile states to exercise and claim their rights.

Addessium:  Thanks to the support of the Adessium Foundation, War Child has been to develop and deliver a set of interventions since 2014 that will form the core of the War Child ‘Care System’. 

Turing Foundation: The Turing Foundation supports the project 'Good Schools, Safe Schools' in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Support previously issued has allowed vulnerable children affected by conflict in South Kivu outside the school system to access school primarily through catch-up education. With the current project, Turing Foundation supports these children and others to remain in school, in a safe and protective learning environment. The project also aims to build systems and education structures to improve the provision of quality education.