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War Child – A&O’s Global Charity Partner 2016 – 2018

A&O’s current global charity partner is War Child, an international charity that works to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. 

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As with all our global charity partners, War Child was chosen by A&O staff in a worldwide vote, in which over 2,500 people took part.

Our two-year partnership began in November 2016 with the aim of supporting War Child’s Rescue Childhood programme and raising enough money to fully fund a child-friendly space in one of Jordan’s largest refugee camps. We also committed to providing significant pro-bono, skills-based volunteering and in-kind support to the charity as a whole.

This facility is enabling War Child to provide trauma counselling, education and creative therapy to 2,000 of the most severely traumatised Syrian child refugees. Children under the age of six are particularly susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the current system is set up to prioritise treatment of older children. Through the programme, War Child will also support parents and caregivers who are struggling to cope with their own difficult experiences.

Thanks to the generosity of people right across the business, we succeeded in reaching our GBP500,000 target for War Child, which will fully fund the Rescue Childhood centre. We subsequently doubled our target to GBP1 million, which we met in March 2018. There is a wide range of incredibly valuable activities that the firm is supporting with the extra funding, enabling War Child to help even more children who are trying to rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of war.

Our partnership is supporting children like Nour, who has received help from War Child in the refugee camp where she now lives.

Nour

Nour was just six years old when she tried to escape the violence in Syria with her mother Rana. Travelling by foot, at night, they made their way across the hills but were captured by a militia group. They were beaten, stripped, starved and separated from each other.

Nour and Rana would go on to be kidnapped and abused a second time before finally escaping to one of the sprawling refugee camps just outside the Syrian border. Since then their home has been an 8m x 4m canvas tent.

Rana said, "I watched her go crazy. She wouldn't talk. She wouldn't eat. She'd wake the neighbours with her nightmares. It was like the fear stopped her mind."

War Child provides unique support and counselling to help children come to terms with their experiences.

Laughter and role-play are used to coax children out of their shells and into classrooms. It often starts small - encouraging eye contact with the deeply traumatised child. Nour, now nine, is slowly finding her voice again.

"War Child care about my kid - they're helping them in a way I could not. I'm so thankful. They re-created my daughter."



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