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History

War Child was founded in 1993 by British filmmakers Bill Leeson and David Wilson, when they returned from filming in the war in former Yougoslavia. In 1993 the first War Child convoy with equipment, and food to run a mobile bakery travelled to former Yugoslavia. War Child Canada was founded in 1998 by Samantha Nutt and Eric Hoskins. Since War Child has expanded they have helped out in over 30 wars and conflects that are going on around the world, and are affecting millions of childeren, still to this day. War child is still recieving support from the media and various musicans from around the planet. This publisity helps raise awarness and fundraising.

Goals

external image 02polgreen2-large1.jpgMission Statement: War Child works with children all over the world to reduce poverty, to provide education and to defend their rights. We work tirelessly to help children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, providing them with the means to build a brighter future.

Vission: A world where no child knows war.

Overall Goal: To advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of childeren caught up in the horrors of war.

One of War Childs more reccent goals have been to provide children in Hati friendly and safe places to stay. Another service that War Child has to offer in Hati is a legal service for girls and women who have been abused or assulted.external image programs_int_map.jpg

Where in the World

War Child works in many countries around the World. They are currently working in Afghanistan, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Northern Uganda, Darfur (Sudan), Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Haiti.

Success Stories

War Child has helped many struggling children and families all across the world. War Child has acomplished in helping many childeren escape from the terrors of war. They work with kids to help get thier life on track and build a stronger future. Schools are built to help the childeren recover. War child helps childeren in different countries in different ways, they adapt to the certain needs of the area and always follow through.

Project of Focus

external image 21a586d0e9eff64ce0069ea0390a5b07.jpgThe project of focus is in Afghanistan. The project of focus is Afghanistan because the Taliban (Terrorist group) recruits young boys and trains them to hate and to fight against the coalition forces in Afghanistan. As well War child is their because many young girls have been denied an education because of the extremist beliefs of the Taliban insurgents. Women have been denied basic human rights in Afghanistan and War Child is there to help. The program provides women with training in basic literacy and numeracy, life skills, and small business management as well as providing access to a series of loans to start a small business. Women are taught trades such as carpet weaving, poultry farming, quilt making, tailoring, baking, and food preservation. Since 2003 War Child Canada has worked in Afghanistan to help vulnerable women and their children. War Child Canada has implemented a Women's community support project which is being funded until the end of 2010.

Project Product

Results have been astounding and have transformed the lives of the participants. Women who have taken the program are now able to support their children and have become financially independent. They adopt greater decision making roles within their communities. Many participants have become successful business owners and have gone on to mentor others in their community.With their new income, the women can now feed their children healthier foods and no longer require them to beg in the streets. Women also expressed their hopes that their daughters would be able to receive the education that they had been denied. Their children are healthier and enrolled in school full time. Their future is one of hope and self-sufficiency, rather than desperation and poverty.

Fun Facts

  • As you read this, over 30 wars and conflicts rage around the world. Some fill our TV screens with appalling images of distress, emphasising war’s brutalising effect on man.
  • Many of these wars go unreported, often due to political expediency or lack of interest. external image 23-10-child-soldiers.jpg
  • Sixty million people have been killed in wars during the 20th Century. Over 80% of war casualties are now civilians - mainly women and children.
  • Children are amongst the first casualties of any armed conflict, always the most vulnerable and innocent of victims.
  • In the last decade alone 1.5 million children have died in wars. Four million have been disabled and a further 10 million traumatised.
  • Children live through terrible experiences during times of war. Even after the conflict is over, children suffer from depression and nightmares, unable to play or go to school, and feel insecure or hopeless about the future.
  • A 1995 survey in Angola found that 66% of children had seen people being murdered, 91% had seen dead bodies, and 67% had seen people being tortured, beaten or hurt.
  • In the 1990's, more than 12 million children have been orphaned or separated from their families because of war.
  • Of the 12 million refugees in the world, half of them are children. Each day, 5000 more children become refugees.

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