In addition to finding ourselves & having the experience of a lifetime, one of our main aims of our trip is to raise as much money as possible for the charity War Child. Please donate your hard earned cash by clicking the JustGiving button below. Please take some time and read the whole of this page. You’ll find out what exactly War Child do, why they do it and where your generous donations will go.
- 2.7 million children under 5 have died due to war in Democratic Republic of Congo
- 1 in 4 children die before the age of 5 in Afghanistan
- 2 million Iraqi children have had to leave their homes since 2003
- Over 300,000 children are currently being forced to fight in wars around the world. An estimated 40 per cent of them are girls.
ABOUT WAR CHILD
Children don’t start wars. But their homes, schools, families and communities are torn apart by war. These are the very things kids rely on for protection and the chance to build a life free from poverty. War Child is a small international charity that protects children from the brutal effects of war and its consequences.
They currently work in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq and Uganda.
They’re on the ground – supporting the most vulnerable children that are too often forgotten in the aftermath of conflict. These include:
- Former child soldiers (watch Juliet’s story below)
- Children living on the streets
- Children put in prison
- Girls at risk of rape or violence
They are a small charity with big ambitions. Their staff are living and working in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones helping thousands of kids to rebuild their lives. By working with local partners, they provide a number of services for children including:
- Rebuilding schools destroyed by war and getting children back into education
- Separating children from adult detainees in prison and providing legal aid
- Reintegrating child soldiers with their families
- Getting children off the streets after war has forced them to leave home
- Counselling to help children cope with the effects of war
- Vocational and professional training which gives them future opportunities
- Changing harmful attitudes in the community towards children
They’re also passionate about helping millions more – so they’re raising awareness of the issues with the public and lobbying politicians to get children’s voices heard by the people who have the power to change things on a grander scale. Examples of what they do are:
- Persuading governments to spend more money on children in conflict zones
- Suggesting practical ways politicians can make a difference to children affected by war.
This work would not be possible without the amazing support of the music and entertainment world. Some of the great work demonstrated by their supporting artists is shown in the video below.
WAR CHILD: MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
War Child has an established, proud and unique relationship with the biggest and best names in music and entertainment, with a reputation for quality and innovation dating back to the legendary ‘Help!’ album in 1995. War Child organise projects that exist as special events and once-in-a-lifetime moments and works with acts to deliver creative ideas that would otherwise never have been able to happen.
War Child’s music events have brought some of music’s greats together on stage, including a series of events with Pavarotti, U2, Elton John, Zucchero and Brian Eno (1995); Pet Shop Boys, Keane and Lily Allen (2007); Coldplay, The Killers, Bono and Gary Barlow (2009); Calvin Harris, La Roux and Kasabian (2010), Al Murray with Madness and Plan B (2010) and Mark Ronson, Temper Trap and Boy George (2011). War Child has an award-winning catalogue of albums. Winning gongs at The Brit Awards, The Q Awards, The NME Awards and the only compilation up for the Mercury Music Prize.
War Child’s legendary debut album ‘Help’ was “one of the landmarks of 1990’s British music” (NME), bringing together Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and Sir Paul McCartney. They have broken records for fastest album ever released (1995 ‘Help’) and fastest downloaded album (2005 ‘Help: A Day In The Life).
War Child launched the world’s first charity music download site, warchildmusic.com, in 2004, before iTunes had launched in the UK. It exclusively offered Radiohead’s back catalogue. In 2009 War Child released its first Top Ten single, ‘I Got Soul’, Britain’s biggest young urban artists joining to record a track bringing the plight of child soldiers to a teen audience.
War Child’s music supporters include Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Radiohead, U2, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Oasis, Lily Allen and Stevie Wonder.
For more information on War Child, visit www.warchild.org.uk