An investment in peace is an investment in people.
95% of our staff are local. They’re often survivors of conflict themselves and experts in their own communities. We partner with government bodies and partner organizations, putting local voices at the center of our work.
Dr. Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor, author and award-winning humanitarian
Samantha is a leading authority on women and children in war zones across the globe. She brings critical, evidence-based thinking to humanitarian action—empowering each local community to lead their own recovery. Her TED Talk ‘The Real Harm of the Global Arms Trade,’ with more than 1 million views, lays out a common sense approach for mitigating the civilian impact of war. Her book, ‘Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid’ is a national best seller.
Our supporters rock! Artists, musicians and actors have played an integral role in our mission for years. Their commitment to our work has raised critical donations and helped make our message heard.
War Child is grateful to be a charity of choice for Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. Since 2006, the Foundation has supported non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts and education, and social change. Every Pearl Jam concert is a fundraising event – $3 from each ticket sold is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation. War Child thanks drummer Matt Cameron in particular for choosing War Child as a benefiting charity. Since 2013, the Vitalogy Foundation has donated over $150,000 towards War Child’s programs.
Alicia Keys is a generous supporter of War Child, both through her Foundation and her We Are Here Movement, which supports critical social issues including peace, equality, empowerment for women and girls, education, gun control, poverty and access to healthcare. To mark World Refugee Day 2016, Alicia released a short film entitled Let Me In (watch here), in support of War Child and others, as part of a campaign to shed light on the struggles faced by refugees worldwide. Thanks to her support, we’ve been able to impact the lives of countless war-affected children and families who are fleeing conflict.
In 2016, Zosia Mamet, famous for her role as Shoshana Shapiro on the HBO hit series GIRLS, became a War Child USA Ambassador. Since then she has helped us reach new audiences and raise critical donations. Zosia authored an article in support of women everywhere on International Women’s Day for Refinery 29 (read here), narrated our Mother’s Day video (watch here) and represented War Child at the 2017 Town & Country Philanthropy Summit.
War Child and the IKEA Foundation have teamed up to respond to the needs of children affected by the crisis in Syria with the Let’s Play for Change campaign. Proceeds from the campaign will support War Child’s ongoing efforts to create safe learning spaces in Jordan, providing a protective environment where children can learn, play and be kids!
Musicians have always been at the forefront of social change, and Plus 1 continues this tradition. Founded by Arcade Fire’s Marika Shaw, Plus 1 connects artists and fans to causes by adding $1 to every ticket sold and donating100% of these funds to organizations like War Child that are working on important social issues. Together with artists Sufjan Stevens, Frank Turner and more, Plus 1 has helped us impact the lives of countless war-affected children.
The Body Shop
War Child and The Body Shop teamed up during the holiday season to give the gifts of education, opportunity and justice to war-affected children. For every gift bought during the holiday season, The Body Shop made a contribution to support War Child’s educational programs. Thanks to The Body Shop’s generous support, we were able to provide more than 6 million lessons to children in war-torn areas.