#Friendship is found even in the most challenging circumstances. For Ruqiya (left) and Mariam (right), their friendship had a rocky start. The battle to liberate a#Mosul in #Iraq left their homes destroyed and the city in ruins. #War took its toll on both of them. Ruqiya’s father is #missing. Mariam struggled to control her anger at a violent world she couldn’t control. Like thousands of other #children and their families, they’ve lived in a #displacement camps for four years. Services are scarce and facilities for children aren’t adequate. They struggle to find the time and space to be children. Thanks to you, they’ve both made amazing #progress. Using our ‘I Deals’ #programme, the best friends are building their #resilience and planning for the future. Ruqiya wants to be a #lawyer and a professional #footballer. Mariam wants to be a #journalist and is making learning #English a priority. Our very own #lionesses, they both love playing football at the War Child space. Maybe these best friends will be stepping out at a #FIFAWWC sometime soon... But this is only a #snapshot of these two amazing individuals. Read their #stories by clicking on the link in our bio. 📷 War Child UK
On #WorldRefugeeDay we want you to meet some of the incredible refugee children and families we work with. This is Alina. Originally from #Syria, she now lives in #Zaatari Refugee Camp in #Jordan. With her loving family, she escaped conflict and travelled in harsh conditions to find safety. It was a scary time. Did you know a #refugee is someone who’s fled their home and country out of #fear? Fear of persecution because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, political group, social group or opinion. #Media coverage can focus on these divisive characteristics, but we want to talk about #stories and experiences. We stand #withrefugees and they deserve to be heard. Alina is making incredible progress attending War Child classes. Where once she was scared and withdrawn, now she talks openly and politely. Imagine what this means to her parents. Click the link in our bio to meet Alina and her amazing family. You won’t regret it. 📷 @rosielyse WCUK
It’s time to #RethinkChildSoldiers. When you hear the words #ChildSoldier, people think of a boy with a gun, based in #Africa, forced to join an armed group at gunpoint. But how accurate is that image? Far from being a male-only issue, between 30-40% of child soldiers are #girls. Many of them suffer sexual exploitation and abuse on a regular basis. Not all child soldiers are based in Africa. In fact, the use of child soldiers has been recorded in #Yemen, #Iraq, #Afghanistan, Colombia and CAR, #SouthSudan and DRC. Some children fight with weapons, but child soldiers include #cooks, cleaners, #spies, soldiers and wives. Many child soldiers join armed groups voluntarily. Some children join to escape #poverty or family breakdown. Some join to avenge the murder of a family member. Some are enticed by promises of money, drugs and #food. The number of child soldiers has increased by 159% between 2012 and 2016 ⬆️ But global funding to help reintegrate ex-child soldiers fell by 33% ⬇️ You can’t help solve a problem without understanding it and you can’t help rehabilitate child soldiers without understanding their situation - that’s why those numbers don’t add up. The reality is that each child soldier is in a unique situation. Helping them return to normal life takes time and money - there is no quick fix. Our new report, #RethinkChildSoldiers, calls for change. We want all children to have access to rehabilitation support that is relevant to them and their experiences. Click the link in our bio to read our #RethinkChildSoldiers report. 📷 War Child UK (There is no suggestion that anyone in this image has been associated with armed groups in any way)
Every #child affected by #war has the potential to change the world. But for girls caught up in the chaos of war, their access to #education is often the first to be severely affected. This doesn't just limited their future prospects and chances of earning a stable #living, it robs countries of future #citizens and #peacemakers. Not being able to read or write leaves girls at greater risk to #exploitation, forced #marriage and abuse. In rural #Afghanistan, the country where this photo was taken, 93% of #women can't read or write. As a member of our Youth #Advocacy Panel said, "education is #power. It's time for change." With your support, we're running education programmes for street children in Afghanistan. We also run classes at our Early Childhood Care and #Development Centres. In 2017 (the last year with verified figures), 180 girls and boys in Afghanistan attended accelerated learning classes. 30 are now ready to re-enrol in formal schools. That's your impact - thank you so much! But we need to help so many more children reach their potential. With your help we can do just that. Click the link in our bio to find out more about our education work, and how you can support it.
“#Sport has the power to #change the world. It has the power to inspire. It speaks to #youth in a language they understand.” - Nelson #Mandela Football is the world’s game and we’re so happy to update you on #WarChildFC. It’s a very special club that seeks to bring children affected by #war together through football. Combining sport with #psychosocial support allows children to build team spirit and use their energy constructively. We want #WarChildFC to improve their health, wellbeing and skills. The club can help them build brighter, more peaceful futures. But only with your support. Head to the link in our bio to find out how to support #WarChildFC. You can download a kit in @electronicarts #FIFA19 and @lifeatnordeus #topeleven. You can get an awesome bunch of sports games in our #Steam #Sale. You can grab a teeshirt and wear your colours with pride. Our club and it’s impact can’t exist without supporters. Children affected by war need the crowd to get behind them. Head to the link and support #WarChildFC!
Everyone needs a helping hand now and again, especially #children affected by conflict. They have to deal with the stresses and pressures of daily life AND the serious #stress of living through #conflict. Continuous stress without proper support and coping mechanisms can make #learning really challenging. It can also lead to #memory problems and destroy a child’s #confidence. Tragically, these effects can continue even after a child leaves a #war zone. In the U.K. we’ve never been more informed about stress and its #impact on #wellbeing and #mentalhealth. But as #StressAwarenessMonth draws to an end it’s time to raise awareness of the importance of #emotional support for children affected by war. Click the link in our bio to read a brand new blog by Wali, one of our Youth Advocates. As someone who was born in the #democraticrepublicofcongo - a war-torn country - she writes powerfully about the need to support children who have seen things no child ever should. Without support, little will change. With care and attention, children affected by conflict can excel at school. Click the link and take a read. 📷 James Marcus Haney
Lots of what we do relies on people helping each other. Just like these boys taking part in a class in #Afghanistan. At our child friendly spaces, the children we work with help each other to play by the rules. This helps them understand the value of #teamwork. During our specialist #educational lessons our staff are always on hand to make sure every child makes the most of their right to #learn. Your support can help each of them reach their full #potential. And our generous #fundraisers are always surprising us with their #passion, effort and dedication. But helping children affected by war doesn't always have to be entirely #selfless. You make a massive difference AND have fun by getting involved in #REPLAY2019! RE-PLAY is our retro #gaming fundraiser where we encourage #gamers to reconnect with some of their favourite games from childhood. Buying a game, downloading an in-game item and watching our #yogscast #livestream featuring some famous faces could help change the lives of children affected by conflict. Head to the link in bio to find out how to get involved in #REPLAY2019. You play, so every child can. #retrogame #retro #retrogaming #gaming #videogame #64bit #32bit #yogscast #livestream #live #gamingstream 📷 @kianahayeri
War destroys more than buildings. It can rob children of their entire childhood. We first posted this photo a year ago when the #war in #Yemen had been raging for 3 years. We're posting it again because another year has gone by and still the violence hasn't stopped. There are shortages of food, medicines and vital supplies. 20 million people in the country are food insecure. 2 million of those are children. But your money has allowed us to help so many children. We're rehabilitating #schools and establishing child-friendly spaces to ensure that #children have a safe #environment where they can grow and #learn. We're providing #psychosocial support to children affected by the conflict and focus on strengthening their healthy #development. But if the war is going to end, more action is needed. The UK sells billions-of-pound’s worth of weapons to the #Saudi-led coalition, who have played a vital role in the suffering of Yemen’s children and families. #Arms sales must stop for Yemen to have a chance. Head to the link in our bio to find out more about our work in Yemen and how you can help. #Yemen #YemenCantWait #YemenCrisis #Yemenwar #yemeni #saveyemen
We’re lucky to have #inspirational people all around us 😊 We’re inspired by the resilience of the children and families affected by #war that we work with. We’re inspired by our staff, many of whom have experienced war themselves. And our incredible #fundraisers who make our work possible. Majed (left) managed to escape #Syria’s Civil War, getting his family to safety as fighting grew closer to their home. Driven to provide for his family, he’s opened a #mechanic’s #workshop in #Zaatari #Refugee Camp. His son learns how to fix things here, gaining skills to build a brighter future. This father inspires his son 🖤 Mike Power (right) is one of our incredible fundraisers who’s also inspired by his #father. Killed in action during #WorldWarII, his dad inspires him to raise money for children affected by war. So far, he’s raised thousands! Today we’re celebrating Mike and ALL fundraisers everywhere. So if you know someone who does amazing things for charity, tag them below and let’s spread some love. Head to the link in our bio to watch Mike’s video and find out how you can #BeLikeMike. #ukrunning #ukfitness #triathlon #fundraiser
This is always an important time of year for us for two reasons. Today is #RedHandDay, also known as the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers. No-one knows exactly how many Child soldiers there are in the world, but estimates are in the tens of thousands. There’s also a lot of confusion over why children join armed groups, so to change this, we share the experiences of former child soldiers that we’ve worked with. Empowering them to tell their own story in their own words breaks down stereotypes and stigmas. This year we’ve told Frederique’s story (not pictured) through the means of an impactful graphic novel. You can find this on our Twitter. It’s also an important time of year because we get to tell these stories to some of the world’s biggest music artists and their fans via #BRITsWeek with @o2music. In some of the UK’s most intimate venues, musicians of every genre take to the stage to support our work with children just like Frederique. To every #BRITsWeek gig-goer, you are helping us empower child soldiers and children affected by war to build brighter futures. Thank you 🖤 #britsweek #redhandday #redhandday2019 #redhanddaycampaign #childsoldiers
You might not know it, but last week was #NationalStorytellingWeek in the UK. It's an opportunity for us to continue to share the stories of the children we work with and explain how we're helping them to write their own futures. As part of #BRITsWeek 2019 with @o2music, we're sharing these stories in a slightly different way. For the first time, each of our #BRITsWeek artists is dedicating their shows to one special child affected by conflict. @The1975 are playing for Janet, and other children affected by war. Swipe to the left and you'll be able to watch a special animation of Janet's experiences; part of @o2music's #BRITsWeek campaign. Our BRITs Week shows won't just be intimate, memorable experiences with some of music's most exciting artists like @jessglynne @idlesband @ajtracey, @bringmethehorizon and more, they'll also be supporting our work with children affected by conflict. If you want the chance to be there and make a real difference for the children who need it most, head to the link in our bio, buy tickets or enter the prize draw. It closes at 23:59 tonight (Monday 4th February 2019) so don’t delay. #O2ForWarChild #the1975 Photo: @rosielyse
They say that to understand what someone’s going through you have to walk a mile in their #shoes 👟 We don’t think that’s always true for the #children we work with. In #NationalStorytellingWeek, we want to emphasise the power of the experiences the children we work with share with us. We believe that the voices of children affected by #conflict can have a huge impact on everyone. That’s why we are committed to amplifying the voices of the children we work with every day. We don’t want to speak on their behalf - we want to give them whatever they need to speak for themselves and have their stories heard. 🔊 One of the ways we do this is our VoiceMore youth programme in the #CentralAfricanRepublic and in #Jordan. By bringing children affected by war together, they share their thoughts and can influence decisions made about them. They speak up about their experiences and can highlight the issues that matter to them. Dieudonne (pictured, 2nd photo) is a VoiceMore member who attended the #UN Day of General Discussion in 2018. Your support allowed him to impart his experiences to those at the United Nations - how amazing is that! He spoke up about issues he cares about, including abuse and corruption in schools. Keep your eyes on our social media channels to find more children’s stories this week.
We’re incredibly happy today because by tonight, there will be a load more people supporting children affected by war. Let us tell you more. Many of the world’s biggest artists have been by our side supporting children affected by conflict since we began back in 1993. We exist to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children in war zones, and music has been an important way of raising money, awareness and rewarding our incredible supporters. Whether it’s releasing the record-setting #Help album, @samsmith being one of our awesome Global Ambassadors or the cream of the UK music scene coming together for #BRITsWeek every year, music is part of who we are. Today we are incredibly excited to tell you about the next chapter in our musical story – it’s the line-up for #BRITsWeek 2019, together with @o2uk! We’re really excited to welcome @jessglynne, @the1975, @youmeatsixofficial, @bringmethehorizon, @annemarie and loads more acts to the War Child family! If you fancy the chance to see the biggest names in music in the most intimate venues across London – all to raise money for children who’s lives have been affected by war – head to the link in our bio! Check out the link on Friday 18th Jan from 9am when tickets go on sale! Live music can, and does, change lives. Full Line Up: @idlesband – 11th Feb 2019 @100clublondon @youmeatsix - 11th Feb 2019 @scalaldn @ajtracey – 12th Feb 2019 @100clublondon @ENTERSHIKARI – 13th Feb 2019 @dometufnellpark @nickmulveymusic – 13th Feb 2019 @wiltonsmusichall @frankturner (DJ) & @xtramilerecordings – 15th Feb 2019 @omearalondon @Mabel – 17th Feb 2019 @bushhallmusic @JessGlynne – 18th Feb 2019 @o2sbe @the1975 – 18th Feb 2019 @thegaragehq @JakeBugg & @JadeBirdMusic – 18th Feb 2019 @omearalondon @DJSemtex – 18th Feb 2019 @xoyoldn @AnneMarie – 19th Feb 2019 @omearalondon @bmthofficial 19th Feb 2019 @dometufnellpark @tompeterodell 22nd Feb 2019 @omearalondon
We don’t believe a child should ever be denied their right to an #education no matter where they live and what their circumstances are. Right now, you can give children in the #CentralAfricanRepublic the chance to learn, grow and move beyond the violence that has struck that country. Many have first-hand experience of violence, some have witnessed the deaths of family members, most have been touched by the #war in one way or another. Warring militias have driven thousands from their homes, destroyed schools and forced young people into armed groups. The situation is far from perfect, but your support can make a long-lasting difference. Your generosity has helped us #rehabilitate former #childsoldiers using expert targeted #psychosocial services. It has given children #safespaces to play and socialise with their friends, offering an escape from the unstable world outside. But there are so many children to help and today you have a unique opportunity. Today is the LAST CHANCE to have your DONATION DOUBLED by the UK, pound for pound, up to £500,000. This will make your money go twice as far, doing twice as much good, helping us reach even more children affected by war. #UKAidMatch If you want to seize this chance to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION, please go through the link in bio. @dfid_uk 📷: @aretestories
In 2014 Islamic State drove thousands of #Yazidi families from their homes in #Iraq. Children were left with few places to learn or play, trapping them in their surroundings, but your support helped us reach them quickly. Our targeted services were vital in helping these children deal with their experiences and start learning for the future. But now the situation has changed. As services are drying up and other agencies are leaving, we need your help to keep our facilities open. These children have been through so much and they deserve your help. Many of them have seen things no child ever should. Please help them today by donating through the link in our bio. If you give quickly BEFORE 8/1/2019 your DONATION WILL BE DOUBLED pound for pound by the UK Government up to £500,000. #UKAidMatch @DFID_UK 📷: @aretestories
The Kassabs are a young family that care about each other, eat together and laugh together, just like any other.⠀ ⠀ Just like any other family, things aren’t perfect.⠀ ⠀ Khalid, Hala and their four children; Alina (8), Rafi (5), Noor (3) and Yasmine (1) live in a metal caravan. It can get cramped with all of the family living across two or three rooms.⠀ ⠀ Just like any other family home, theirs is loud with laughter and filled with the smell of delicious food.⠀ ⠀ The one thing that’s different about the Kassabs is that they escaped from #Syria in 2013 as violent clashes drew closer to their home.⠀ ⠀ Now, like so many others, their abode is Za’atari #Refugee Camp in #Jordan. ⠀ ⠀ They left behind friends, family, and #education, as well as familiar weather. ⠀ Winters in Za’atari are harsh with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.⠀ ⠀ But with your support we can help families just like them this #Christmas to live, learn and deal with the stresses of leaving home far behind.⠀ ⠀ Our staff can deliver targeted, specialist #MentalHealth and education support to children just like Alina, Rafi, Noor and Yasmine…⠀ ⠀ But only with your support.⠀ ⠀ Get to know the Kassabs through the link in our bio. You won’t regret meeting this wonderful family. #Zaatari
Suha knows just how complex and long-lasting the effects of #war can be. She’s experienced conflict first-hand after living through the bombing of #Mosul in #Iraq. In the six months she’s worked with us, she’s supported so many children affected by war to move beyond their experiences of conflict. Her hard work and your generosity have given innocent children the time and space to actually be children, if only for a while. In Suha’s words, “without the support of @warchilduk it would have been the end”. But there is so much more to do. So many children who have seen things no child should ever see. So many children who deserve your support to move beyond war and become the citizens, rebuilders and peacemakers of tomorrow. Our #LearnToLive appeal will change lives, but only with your support. Donate now through the link in our bio to give children affected by war immediate and long-term support to overcome their experiences, get back to school and become strong and independent young people. Donate before 8/1/2019 and your donation will be matched, pound for pound, by the UK Government, up to £500,000. #UKAid #UKAidMatch #mentalhealth #psychosocial #therapy
For so many children in the #CentralAfricanRepublic like Janet, war has been a part of everyday life. 😔⠀ ⠀ Janet saw her mother murdered whilst her father lay in hospital after a militia attack. No child should ever have to witness that and nor should they be defined by that. 🕊️⠀ ⠀ Through our youth club, Janet has begun to hope for the future again. In such difficult circumstances, the community of the youth club has had a large impact on her. 🤝⠀ ⠀ She explained: "If this space didn't exist, all we could do is stay at home with our sorrow and cry".⠀ ⠀ Now we need your support to reach even more children like Janet. There are so many like her who could benefit from our #mentalhealth and #education services. Together, we can change their lives and make them the peacemakers of the future. 🌅⠀ ⠀ And now your money can go twice as far. 🤞⠀ ⠀ Donate now through the link in bio and the UK Government will double all donations, pound for pound, up to £500,000. Please give what you can. #UKGov #UKAidMatch #LearnToLive 📸: @aretestories / WCUK @dfid_uk
Beatrice's story is one shared by many children in the #CentralAfricanRepublic. Before the war, her family's farm was at the centre of their lives. But then the conflict came and changed all that. Her village was burned down by militias and her father was murdered. Forced to move, Beatrice dropped out of school. The psychological effects of war can last a lifetime for young people like her. Without support, they can develop mental health problems and lose hope for the future entirely. But our Child-Friendly Space gave Beatrice a safe space to play, learn and meet with other young people. It's given her a chance to be a child again. It's helped her #LearnToLive again. But there are so many other children like Beatrice who desperately need our help. Donate now through the link in bio to help us support children to move beyond their experiences of conflict and towards brighter futures. And your money will have double the impact. The UK Government will double all donations, pound for pound, up to £500,000. Please donate what you can through the link in bio. #UKGov #AidWorks 📸: @AreteStories / WCUK #UKAidMatch @DFID_UK
Boniface's life changed after living through violence in the #CentralAfricanRepublic. He and his family were attacked by militia and he still carries the scars from that day. Before his injury, he and his friends enjoyed going to school, fishing and playing. Put simply, they enjoyed being children and having the freedom to play. After his injury he became introverted and stopped going to school. Not only did this rob him of vital skills, it also robbed the Central African Republic of a future peacemaker or leader. But our youth support facilities were able to reach Boniface, providing a space to meet other children and rebuild his confidence. His father has noticed a positive change in his behaviour, explaining how Boniface is relaxed and able to talk about his experiences after visiting our space. There are so many children like Boniface, carrying the physical and psychological scars after decades of war. We're asking for your help to reach even more of them, helping them move beyond conflict and into education. Donate through the link in bio to help children like Boniface and your money will have twice the impact. All donations before 8/1/19 will be doubled, pound for pound, by the UK government up to £500,000. #UKGov #UKAidMatch #LearnToLive 📸: @aretestories / WCUK @dfid_uk
Every #child deserves the time and space to play. For children affected by #conflict, our spaces can be the only place where playing is possible. We run child-friendly spaces in the countries we work in, providing a safe and secure space for children to be themselves. In difficult situations frequently characterised by #tragedy, #violence and instability, these can be invaluable. In 2017, donors and supporters just like you enabled us to provide activities and life-skills lessons at child friendly spaces to improve children’s resilience and coping mechanisms. That support has changed lives in #Afghanistan after decades of conflict. But imagine if there was a way of giving children the chance to play by playing #games yourself. Thanks to #Armistice, our annual gaming #charity #fundraiser, you can do just that. 100 years after the #Armistice that ended the First World War, #Armistice2018 is bringing more games together than ever before. A percentage of developer proceeds will help us and our sister organisation @childreninconflict support children in war zones. A #Steam sale of games is now live, so just head to the link our bio to get a game and support our work. You play, so every child can. #Armistice #Armistice2018 #Gaming #GamingForGood #Charity #Fundraiser #Play #WarChildUK 📸: @kianahayeri
Our voices are far more powerful when we unite than when we speak alone. As part of our #LearnToLive campaign with @the.independent and @evening.standard, we're encouraging school children to write letters to Theresa May asking her to do more for children in #war. The campaign has brought together hundreds of #schools in the UK, building bridges for change across national boundaries and cultures. Together, we can make sure that children affected by conflict get the #mentalhealth and #emotional support they need to learn. This will not only help them learn the #skills they need to grow into well-rounded individuals, but will also help their countries build peaceful, prosperous futures. So how can you get involved? Click the link in our bio to support children in war zones. #mentalhealth #letterwriting #theresamay #childrennotsoldiers 📸: @rosielyse
Living through a #war is incredibly difficult for anyone, but women and girls can face #gender-specific challenges and threats. Sexual violence, abuse and #discrimination can be targeted towards females, robbing them of their right to #education and safety. That's why we provide targeted long-term support to thousands of women and girls every year. Thanks to you we're able to help them return to school, allowing them to learn new skills and build a brighter future. Mimi, one of our UK-based youth advocates has first-hand experience of life in a warzone. Her words say more than we ever could about the value of education: "Most females are not allowed to pursue their education for as long as I did. For those living in war zones this is absolutely the case, with 25 million children affected by conflict currrently unable to access schools. Education taught me that I'm not inferior to men. I have value." Read her blog through the link in our bio. #WomensRights #BelieveWomen #EmpowerWomen #WomenInEducation 📷: @rosielyse
Every week our staff protect, #educate and fight for children affected by #conflict all around the world. Some children have witnessed things no child ever should. Others have lost family members or had their homes destroyed. Nearly all have had their #education - the key to a brighter future - affected or ended by #war. The generosity of our supporters and #donors allows us to be there for them. Last year we reached 41,000 children in #Iraq, where this photo was taken. It is one of the most difficult places to be a child thanks to years of conflict and displacement on a massive scale. In an often unstable and unfriendly environment, our staff are there to offer a helping hand. If you want to help us do even more in Iraq and the other countries we work in, click the link in our bio. #mondaymotivation #mondaymood 📷: Marcia Chandra
Children in the #CentralAfricanRepublic are moving beyond the traumatic experiences of #war and building a better future thanks to the #psychosocial support we offer. Our focused intervention will offer access to #education, vocational #training, and psychological support to allow them to move past their experiences and towards a brighter future. Without it, trauma and distress can last well beyond the conflict they find themselves in. At school children can be less able to learn, limiting their ability to develop the essential skills they need to get on in life. Today we announce our #LearnToLive appeal with every donation matched by the UK Government @dfid_uk to enable us to give every child affected by conflict the support they need. Donate through the link in bio to help children move beyond war. #WorldMentalHealthDay #UKaid #LearnToLive #AidMatch
For children in conflict zones, reading and writing can be a way of escaping an unkind environment. Not only can they offer doors to far away worlds, they also improve vital #literacy skills, preparing children for a full return to school. As National #LibrariesWeek begins in the UK, let's remember the importance of #books, writing and spaces in which to learn. They help maintain their mental wellbeing in difficult situations and encourage the peacemakers of the future. Through our #LearnToLive campaign with @evening.standard and @the.independent we're ensuring all children have access to the #MentalHealth and #Education support they need. We're bringing schools in the UK together with those in war zones to build bridges for change. Big names in film, music and politics have got involved. See how you can help out by clicking the link in bio. 📸: @kianahayeri / War Child UK
Conflict and war can trap children and young people in unsafe, unstable environments. There can be no time or space to plan for the future because survival is the only objective. Our #LearnToLive campaign with @evening.standard & @the.independent is raising awareness of how imporant #MentalHealth and education support is to untangling that trap. With adequate psychosocial support, education and skills training, children affected by conflict can flourish, building prosperous, sustainable futures for themselves and their community. Giving them the resources they need to learn doesn't just help them, but helps everyone in the long term. We've twinned four schools in London with those in war zones to build empathy and understanding across national and cultural borders. They've exchanged messages of friendship and are even working on a collaborative art project. By working together we hope they share their experiences, recognising that although the situations are different, all of them have the same right to an education. Why not get your school, or your children's school involved through the link in our bio? 📸: @aretestories/WCUK
Every child, whether they live in a war zone or not, has the right to an education. Without it, they're robbed of futures to look forward to and can feel trapped in unstable environments. Their loss is also our loss, as literate, well-rounded and creative citizens are vital to fostering peace in the future. Our #LearnToLive campaign with @evening.standard and @the.independent is raising awareness of the importance of #MentalHealth and education support for children affected by conflict. So far, the response has been phenomenal. Thank you. Already we've seen four UK schools answer our call to join with schools in war zones and many are using our learning materials which you can find through the link in our bio. #LoveActually's Richard Curtis, @muse, @bastilledan @vanessa__kirby and @sadiq have also come on board, praising the initiative. Why not get your school, or your children's school to get involved through the link in our bio? 📸: @aretestories/WCUK
Just because you’ve escaped a warzone doesn’t mean you’ve left war behind. The psychological effects of war can stop children from learning and living a normal life. This robs individuals of the skills needed to build futures to look forward to, and entire societies of future peacemakers and leaders. Our #LearnToLive campaign with @evening.standard and @the.independent is raising awareness of the importance of #MentalHealth and education support for children affected by conflict. We’re encouraging schools in the UK to forge bonds with those in warzones, building bridges for change across nations and cultures. Some London schools have already got involved and sent messages to their new friends in Jordan, exploring everyday life for Syrian refugee children. See what they said on our Twitter feed and Facebook page or see how your school can get involved through the link in bio. #LearnToLive 📸 Rosie Lyse Thompson
This Autumn we’re partnering with The Evening Standard & The Independent to launch the #LearnToLive campaign. We’re aiming to raise awareness of the importance of education and mental health support for children affected by conflict. We’ve worked with children in war zones for decades and we know how important mental health provisions are for children to be able to live and learn for a better future. Good psychosocial wellbeing leads to better outcomes, resilience and ability to cope with future instability. Click the link in bio, check out our Instagram Stories, Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what we’re up to and how you can get involved. 📷: Arete/War Child UK
We've been on the ground in #Iraq since 2003 offering children affected by decades of conflict protection, #education and emotional support. Although #ISIS have been defeated in Iraq, thousands of #Yazidi children and families remain in displacement camps. Many of their homes were destroyed or boobytrapped, leaving them with nowhere else to go. We've been in these camps since 2014 offering vital educational and #psychosocial support to children, many of whom have witnessed violence, sexual slavery or know someone who has. But now we urgently need your support to keep these facilities open, maintaining access to education and ensuring children are in as safe and stable an environment as possible. Together, we can give these children a future to look forward to. Please donate through the link in our Bio.
Meet Abu Laith, a #Syrian refugee and former professional #footballer. A trophy-winner in his home country, he knows the struggles and suffering faced by the children we work with and the power of #sport to heal and empower. As part of our new #WarChildFC initiative, he’s helping children affected by war express themselves and deal with their experiences. Every child should have the freedom to play. War Child FC is making that a reality. We’ve got some exciting events to celebrate the launch of War Child FC, so check out our twitter for updates.
This is Nesreen, a War Child facilitator in #Iraq. Every day she supports children who suffered at the hands of #ISIS. Some of whom escaped together with their families and some who escaped alone. Nesreen escaped ISIS as well and she carries the consequences of that with her daily as she helps vulnerable children to learn, play and deal with their experiences. But time is running out for the facilities she works in. Basic services are drying up and your help is needed to keep them running. Together with our staff like Nesreen, you can change a child's life and keep their makeshift classrooms open. There's so much more we have to do. Please donate through the link in bio.
Thousands of #Yazidi children in #Iraq were driven from their homes by ISIS in 2014. We were on the ground offering protection and support when they were most in need. Our mobile library has been giving these children a chance to read, learn and escape into a different world. It's given them hope and respite from a chaotic environment away from home. But now we need your help to carry services like these on. There are thousands of children who rely on us - with your help we can reach them and change their lives. Please donate now through the link in bio.
We believe that empowering girls can change the world. #WednesdayWisdom These girls fled #ISIS in 2014 and ever since ou staff have ensured they’re safe, educated and emotionally supported. But we need your support to continue helping - funding is drying up and time is running out. Please help us be there for girls like these. Donate through link in bio. #Women #Girls #girlseducation
We’ve helped thousands of Yazidi children rebuild and recover after they fled ISIS. But many homes are still in rubble and we need your help to finish the job. Let’s give these children a real future free from violence and fear. Your help could ensure they have the skills and stability they need to thrive, rather than just survive. Please donate through the link in bio. #iraq #isis #yazidi #charity #appeal #mondaymotivation
Our child friendly spaces in #Iraq allow thousands of children who fled #ISIS to play and learn. We’re working to make them smile again. Many have seen things no child should see, needing vital psychosocial support that we provide. We urgently need funding to keep spaces like this open. If you can donate, just £12 could pay for a teacher for displaced children for one day. Donation link in bio. #Charity #Fundraiser #Yazidi #Appeal #Help
URGENT: Our child-friendly space in #Iraq needs funding. Thousands of #Yazidi children like Nadia who fled #ISIS brutality use it to play and learn in extremely difficult circumstances. Many of these children have seen things no child should ever see. Give them and Nadia what they deserve; a space to be themselves. Donate: https://www.warchild.org.uk/yazidi-appeal
#Education gives children learning, hope and a sense of control within an often unstable environment. That’s why we’ve been providing educational support in #Afghanistan for street-working children. Thanks to your support, we’ll keep on empowering them. More➡️https://www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/afghanistan #TuesdayThoughts💭 #CharityTuesday
This #FathersDay meet Majed and Khalid, two fathers caring for their children in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp. They give their all to provide comfort and security for their family 😊 🖤 Learn their story ➡️ http:/bit.ly/2yeC2LX #HappyFathersDay
We've been working in #Jordan since 2013 supporting the more than 650,000 Syrian refugees who have been displaced by the civil war. Our safe spaces allow children to play, learn and express themselves following experiences that are often deeply traumatic. All children deserve the right to play. Find out more about our work in Jordan and what you can do to help keep children smiling: http://bit.ly/2kVjMO3
We work with children affected by war in 9 countries and are aiming to reach 260,000 children by 2019. We try and reach those in need as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and support them long after the TV cameras have gone home. No child should have to face the consequences of war alone. Find out more: https://www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do 📸 Credit Marcia Chandra/War Child UK
It’s almost impossible to know the exact figure, but it’s estimated there are tens of thousands of children in armed groups around the world. But what's the reality for these children? The term ‘child soldier’ is sometimes inaccurate as many children in armed groups don’t have armed roles. They could be cooks, cleaners, spies, or used for sexual purposes. Girls also play a huge part in armed groups, but are often overlooked. Learn more via the link in the bio 👆👆👆
This week marks three years since the war in Yemen began. Children are suffering. Other European countries have suspended arms to the Saudi-led coalition. So why hasn’t @10downingstreet??? 😡 Yemeni children don’t have a choice. But the British Government does: #StopArmingSaudi.
Meet Rami. He’s 3 years old and loves playing on the swing his father built for him in their home. ❣️ Rami is one of nearly 2.7 million Syrian refugee children who may not remember a time before the war. He has lived in a refugee camp for his entire life. Today marks the 7th year of the war in Syria and millions of children like Rami are facing uncertain futures. The international community has failed to resolve the conflict, while political posturing takes precedent over children’s lives. This has to stop 🛑. #Syria7
Despite risks to civilians in Yemen the UK has signed yet another arms deal with Saudi Arabia. 😢😡 We call on @10DowningStreet to do more: end the suffering of children in Yemen and #StopArmingSaudi. Support our campaign w/ @viviennewestwood—follow the link in bio 👆👆👆#YemenCantWait
'One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.' - #malalayousafzai 📖📚. #WorldBookDay #Iraq #Education