Our regions of focus
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
This is one of the world’s most volatile countries. Armed groups are responsible for displacing over 1 million people, stripping away the life needs of 2.5 million people, and putting 2 million people at risk of starvation.
Children are hurt most by this conflict—they’re separated from their families, they witness and endure violence, fall victim to sexual abuse, and are even forced to join these armed groups.
We respond by supporting War Child UK to put programs into motion that swiftly identify and care for children at risk of exploitation, giving them psycho-social support, and helping children formerly associated with armed groups to reintegrate back into their communities.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
As hard as it is to comprehend, more than 5 million people over the past 20 years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have died as a direct result of conflicts. Sadly, children 5 and under account for over half of those deaths. Ongoing outbursts of conflict and political instability make children vulnerable to exploitation, recruitment by armed forces, and harm.
Our support of War Child UK’s programs meets children’s immediate and longer term needs by helping unite unaccompanied children with their families, providing access to age and experience-appropriate education, access to psycho-social care, and a free crisis helpline. Once these needs are met, our support continues to help them transition back to civilian life.
Almost 9 million people in Iraq need humanitarian assistance, half of them children. Yazidis in the region have lived in camps since 2014 after they were forced from their homes by ISIS in what was initially likened to a genocide. They cannot return home, and much of the humanitarian aid that sustained them has evaporated, leaving them without refuge.
Our partner organization, War Child UK, is one of the few organizations that still works in the Yazidi camps, in addition to other vulnerable locations in Iraq. The programs we support offer immediate access to safe and inclusive learning environments, psycho-social care, and education.