About War Child
The SMS and online donations we receive as part of our Syria appeal will go towards our work helping to protect Syrian children. If however, we receive more money than our Syrian projects can spend, then we will use the surplus money towards our vital work with children in other countries that aren’t in the media spotlight.
We usually have about 23 paid staff in our UK office.
War Child UK, War Child Holland and War Child Canada are all affiliate members of War Child International. We are separate organisations with separate funds, staff and projects. We share a common goal and work in collaboration with each other wherever we can.
We currently have programmes running in Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq, Uganda and a project in northern Lebanon which is supporting Syrian refugee children.
War Child is a registered UK charity (number 1071659).
Donating to a particular project
At the moment, sadly no. We need to be able to track each donation properly so we can confidently make our promise. The nature of our regular and text donations don’t allow us to track individual donations like that yet. yuo can still make a one-off donation to particular projects though.
You can choose to receive email updates about the particular project you’ve donated to. We’ll send these out every six months or so. You can opt out of them at any time.
This isn’t like one of those ‘Buy a Goat’ schemes where the project will end up with a load of things it doesn’t really want! That’s why we aren’t offering you the chance to ‘buy’ particular items. The demand for money to be used by the project always exceeds the supply, and the Field Directors who run the projects always have a list of things they’d like to do but don’t have the money to pay for.
We can’t say exactly what it will pay for, but we promise it will be allocated to that project. That means all or most of it will be transferred out to ‘the field’ and spent locally by the project staff. Some of it may go towards the UK management of that particular project – helping to report back to its donors, financial monitoring etc.
How to Get Involved
If you pay UK tax and let us know, the Government will give War Child at least 25% on top of your donation. It won’t cost you a penny.
If you make a personal donation to War Child, you will be asked to declare whether you would like us to claim Gift Aid. This will be either by:
- ticking the Gift Aid box on the donation page online
- by saying ‘yes' to the Gift Aid question whilst donating via the phone
- ticking the Gisft Aid box on sponsorship pages like JustGiving
To say Yes to Gift Aid, you will need to have paid UK tax in the current tax year that’s at least equal to the 25% we will claim. We also need your full name and home address.
Please note, Gift Aid cannot apply to CAF cards (as the tax has already been reclaimed).
For further information Visit HM Revenue & Customs website www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm. Alternatively, contact your local Tax Office.
Working for War Child
Unfortunately not. Due to the insecure locations where we work, we can’t welcome visitors to our projects and our local staff don’t have the capacity to host them.
Our internships generally last from three and six months and are advertised on our jobs page.
As we only have a small office, we unfortunately don’t have the capacity to welcome volunteers other than those on our internship programme.
Any jobs that we do have are advertised on our jobs page. They are also posted on our Twitter feed and usually on the charityjob website.