Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look and see if your question is answered in the list below.

What does War Child do?

War Child is committed to improving the lives of thousands of children affected by armed conflict. We help children cope with their experiences, support them to build their confidence, and feel comfortable interacting with other people again. We ensure that children affected by conflict learn how to read, write, do basic math, and acquire skills to earn a living. In all of our activities, War Child provides children with a safe environment where they can come to terms with their experiences, and start building a more stable and peaceful future for themselves, and for others. This is what we do all around the world: from Colombia to Afghanistan. We don’t do this because we enjoy it, we do this because these are the rights of all children everywhere.  

Where is War Child?

War Child has programmes in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, occupied Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Netherlands, Republic of Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Syria and Uganda.

How many children does War Child reach?

In 2012 483,000 people of whom 347,000 were children and young people actively participated in War Child’s programmes in 11 conflict-affected areas. The other 136,000 include parents, teachers, social workers, volunteers, and local leaders who were involved in War Child’s activities.  Besides these active participants, War Child programmes reached 5.6 million people, of which 3.5 million were children and young people, in other ways. People were reached indirectly through trained teachers, parents and caregivers (1.1 million people), and through theatre performances, lobby activities, events, and media programmes (4.5 million people).

How can I be involved?

War Child cannot do it alone. We can use all the support we can get—including yours.

•    Become a Friend. Set up a monthly direct-deposit from your bank account to War Child.
•    Have a great idea for an event? Organise it! And donate the money to War Child.
•    Get your company involved. Become a Business Sponsor.
•    Use your social networks to spread the message that children do not belong in war. Add War Child to your profile on Facebook or Hyves, and follow us on Twitter. And don’t forget to spread the message in the real world as well. War and children do not go together. Ever.

Where does my contribution go?

To children. Of the donations we receive, the largest amount possible goes to our programmes for children affected by conflict. Our unique and engaging approach focuses on the strength within children. We help children identify and build on that strength, enabling them to shape their own future by:
•    Providing psychosocial support to help children cope with their experiences
•    Providing formal and non-formal education that enables children to build their own futures
•    Protecting children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect
You can find out exactly how much we spent on our projects in our 2012 annual report.

How much money does War Child spend on fundraising?

War Child has the CBF-quality mark for charities. This means that we cannot spend more than 25% of our income on fundraising activities. War Child is well under this percentage; in 2012 we only spent 14.8 % of our income on fundraising.

Is the creative approach effective?

Children, their parents, and teachers say yes. So do programme evaluations, and research. As a result of their participation in creative activities, children are better able to deal with their emotions, their self-confidence improves, they learn to cooperate with others, and they can enjoy themselves again.

Can I read War Child’s annual report?

Yes. Download the 2012 annual report at:

How does War Child receive its funding?

War Child is able to implement its programmes thanks to over 107.000 structural private donors in the Netherlands. Schools, clubs, and individuals raise money by organizing events. Companies also donate to War Child, or become sponsors by providing services and products for free. In addition, War Child receives support from the National Postal Code Lottery, and a number of foundations. War Child also receives a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Marco Borsato is your ambassador. If we make a donation, can we hand him our cheque?

Many artists like Marco Borsato, Armin van Buuren, and Ali B support War Child’s work because they believe in War Child’s mission and creative approach. These artists play an active role in our in our organization at their own initiative, and their contribution is very much appreciated.

However, we cannot facilitate the attendance of Dutch celebrities at events.

How can I pass on changes about my contact details?

Send an e-mail to, or call 020-422-7777

How can I cancel direct-deposit payments?

By sending an e-mail to, or by calling 020-758-2299  

Does War Child also recruit new donors on the street, or go door-to-door?

War Child also recruits new donors on the street and door-to-door. People who are interested will be provided with more information on War Child’s work, and information on how to become a donor.

Can War Child call me?

War Child can call you. Children living in conflict affected areas need all the support they can get. In many countries where we already operate, the need is still overwhelming. Millions of children continue to suffer from the consequences of war. To reach these children, we need sponsors, some of whom we reach by phone through a telemarketing agency.

Does War Child collect money door-to-door?

No, we do not ask for funds door-to-door.

Can I donate clothes, stuffed animals, or food to War Child?

War Child does not send any goods to conflict-affected areas. Our speciality is providing psychosocial support, education, and protection to children in conflict-affected areas

Can I also work at War Child?

Click here to check out our vacancies for paid positions, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Does War Child receive subsidies?

War Child receives subsidies from various public authorities and institutional donors, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, UNICEF, and ECHO. In 2012, we received 1.35 million euro from the National Postal Code Lottery.

Is there a newsletter?

Yes, on the homepage you can register your e-mail address to receive our newsletter “Peace of Post” about ten times a year.

Where can I find press releases?

Click here