War Child’s most important partnerships.
The community as partner
War Child started a project in the Southern Sudanese town of Juba in 2005. Large groups of children headed for the sports and games during the ‘play days’. During these play days the population got to know War Child and vice versa. War Child starts a dialogue with the children and their parents/guardians and thus, together with the community, charts the psychosocial problems and needs of these young people. The community becomes aware of the needs of their children. War Child can then build the community’s capacity to meet these needs itself. The population suggest solutions and takes initiative, an important indicator of development.
The Democratic Republic of Congo
A local community-based organisation (CBO) as partner
War Child chose to support small-scale, local organisations that dedicate themselves to the community (so-called CBOs) in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Through psychosocial training they have gained insight into the problems of children and are better equipped to help these children adequately. Also, the attitude of parents, guardians and teachers changed in a positive way due to these trainings.
Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
A local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) as partner
War Child co-operates with local organisations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. These NGOs have a greater reach than the aforementioned CBOs. They are nationally registered organisations and have a board and a financial organisation for which they are accountable. The partner organisations want to promote mutual understanding between population groups and offer young people an alternative to violence.
In Colombia War Child trains partner organisations in psychosocial aid, management, evaluation of projects and fundraising. They also work together to lobby for compliance with child rights, for instance in the Colombian Coalition against the use of Child Soldiers.
Sometimes War Child starts a co-operation with an aid organisation to learn. In Northern Uganda, Echo Bravo is specialised in providing an adjusted education programme for children and young people under difficult circumstances. War Child has little specific knowledge in this field and creates its own expertise by means of this co-operation. This way War Child is better able to realise educational activities in other programmes. With the financial support of War Child Echo Bravo can implement its programme.
The Democratic Republic of Congo
An institute as partner (teacher training, prison, school, hospital)
War Childs makes contact (through partner organisations) with institutions where vulnerable children are found. The aim is to implement activities with these children through the institution, to train personnel, or to draw attention to the rights and the needs of the children. War Child undertakes weekly activities with children in the prison of Bukavu and stands up for their rights by supplying legal aid and better living conditions within the prison.
War Child Canada as partner
In Sri Lanka War Child Canada works together with two local partner organisations for a healthy psychosocial development of children, for access to education and for building peace between various population groups.
A local government as partner
War Child often works together with local leaders (for instance, tribal chiefs) and local governments to bring attention to the needs and rights of children among leaders and the authorities. In Sierra Leone the representatives of the Ministry of Education and of Social Affairs of the districts where War Child is operating have been invited to be present at events. In this way the authorities are informed and support for the activities is created as well.
The national government as partner
War Child worked together with the minister of Education in creating a national curriculum. War Child assisted in writing the curriculum and in training the teachers. An advantage of a ministry as partner is that many children can be reached. A disadvantage is that the introduction of the programme takes a long time and is limited by bureaucratic and political obstacles.
An international organisation as partner
War Child regularly co-operates with other international organisations to exchange information, to coordinate and fine-tune aid, to more effectively supply information and influence policy (such as awareness activities in the community, participation in work groups and co-operative lobbying to make authorities respect human rights). Another possible goal can be to complement each other’s activities, as in the case of the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) in Uganda. This partner uses information and communication technology to stimulate sustainable development. In Northern Uganda children can connect with each other via computers and they can find information on the internet. IICD and War Child complement each other: War Child organises the project with the children, while IICD supplies the needed ICT expertise.