War Child works in areas affected by armed conflicts. This may be during a war, but more often after it has ended. To avoid escalation of violence and to bring warring parties together, a great deal can already be achieved during a conflict in co-operation with local organisations and authorities, for example through peace talks or supporting local peace initiatives. Support of local peace initiatives also contributes to building the peace.
When a war is over, in some cases the society has to be rebuilt from scratch. This entails reorganising army and police, developing government structures, formulating economic and agricultural policy, mending the infrastructure and starting up social services such as health care and education. In the psychosocial field personal and communal ties have to be mended, and social structures and networks have to be fixed. At a local level psychosocial programmes are therefore of paramount importance to make a success of the wider, umbrella peace process.
No tents, food aid, medicines
The psychosocial help that War Child can offer only makes sense if the minimal needs of shelter, food and water have been provided or if other aid organisations can provide them. War Child is not engaged in building encampments or with the distribution of food and medicines.