About War Child
War Child was founded in 1993 in response to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. It has since expanded its work to conflicts worldwide, with an emphasis on Africa and Central Asia. War Child strives to alleviate the suffering of children affected by war and focus public attention on the plight of these children.
War Child believes that children should never be the victims of armed conflict. For those children who become victims of armed conflict, War Child believes that their security and access to quality health, educational and recreational facilities and services should still be a right. War Child also believes that children in conflict areas have a right to the love and care of their families and communities.
War Child Australia is entirely run by volunteers. This means that almost all funds raised will be spent directly on field projects.
Where has the money raised by the Kids' Night in Books been spent?
Since June 2003, money raised from the sales of Kid's Night In 1 and Kid's Night In 2 has assisted in funding the following War Child projects – just some of the projects War Child Australia has funded or assisted in funding.
The Herat Farm Project
War Child Australia provided over $120,000 worth of funding to this unique farm project for vulnerable women living on the poverty line in Herat, Afghanistan.
The main aim of this project was to train women in agricultural production so that they are provided with free produce to improve their nutritional status and that of their families and so that they can earn an income from the produce sold in the bazaar. There is a child care facility on the farm for which War Child Australia has also provided significant funding.
The farm is now run by the farm workers themselves. Income earned from the sale of the produce is sufficient to cover all the running costs of the farm and to provide the workers with a small income.
Afghanistan – Children in Prisons
War Child Australia has donated more than $60,000 to expand a UNICEF project currently underway in Western Afghanistan to assist in the training of social workers so they can provide support to children living in Herat prisons with their mothers.
Gbadolite Project – Democratic Republic of Congo
It is estimated that more than 3.3 million people have died in the DRC, mostly women and children, as a result of the ongoing conflict in the war-torn country.
The $60,000 plus funding provided by War Child is assisting demobilised child soldiers, who have no fixed home, to reintegrate with their community.
Visit www.warchild.org.au for more information on how you can assist this wonderful cause.