War Child: 2016 – 2018
Thanks to the generosity of people right across A&O, we were able to donate more than GBP1.5 million in cash to War Child – nearly GBP600,000 more than we raised for our previous partner, Amref Health Africa.
We also gave over GBP175,000 worth of pro bono (both legal and other professional skills) and GBP8,000 in-kind support to the charity over the two years.
Approximately a third of the money – GBP500,000 - fully funded War Child’s Rescue Childhood project in Emirati Camp in Jordan. The project offers protection, psychological support and education for 2,310 Syrian children in the camp. About 1,185 parents and caregivers are also benefiting from the project, which will end in July 2019. The work has been such a success that it’s now set the standard for early childhood care and development in the Jordanian national curriculum.
The rest of the funds were given to War Child to use flexibly where they were most needed. This kind of funding helped War Child provide emergency support for the Yazidi people in Iraq at a time when all other NGOs were being forced to withdraw from the country due to lack of funding. War Child also expanded its youth advocacy programme in Jordan and Uganda, and designed a new football-based programme called War Child FC in Central African Republic thanks to our support.
As well as funding War Child’s work in the field, the flexible funding was also used to strengthen the charity’s own operations – for example, it invested in its video gaming team, which is expected to generate over GBP1 million in income in 2019.
Also, people from across our global network provided War Child with pro bono and volunteering support throughout partnership: on the legal side, ranging from advice on electoral rules in the run-up to the UK general election, to commercial, IP and employment matters; and, on the non-legal side, translation support, graphic design and presentation skills training.
The largest pro bono project has been a review of War Child’s safeguarding policies and procedures in the wake of serious complaints made against other charities at the start of 2018. While War Child was not associated with any of those complaints, A&O teams have helped to review its safeguarding policies and governance framework – including on recruitment, training and security – to ensure its practices meet the highest standards.
Allen & Overy has enabled us to fully fund a new child friendly space in Jordan’s Emirati Refugee Camp and raised funds to support our emergency responses, ensuring we can reach children when and where the need is greatest. It has been invaluable for us to have the support of Allen & Overy to best serve the children we seek to protect, so the difference you have made in the last two years has been enormous. From everyone at War Child UK, thank you so much.
Rob Williams, War Child UK