National Short Story Week and War Child

Our chosen charity for our National Short Story Week Young Writer competition 2017 is War Child. 100% of the proceeds from our 2017 anthology will go to War Child to support them in the invaluable work they do. Our young writers will be helping children and young people in desperate circumstances around the world.

A message from War Child:

Children are often the forgotten victims of war, despite being hit the hardest, with the loss of family, community and education having consequences that reach far into the future. Shockingly, less than 3% of humanitarian aid is spent on child protection in conflict-affected countries. It is crucial that there are safe spaces for children when they flee war, and proper provision for their needs – including psychological support to help them deal with trauma.

Your support will enable us to provide emergency care and protection for children; help them to access education; and provide the tools they need to build a safe and happier future. By addressing all three we’re able to support children and their families in the short term as well as setting them up for a better long-term future. You should all be very proud of the difference you are making to these children`s lives,

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We currently work in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan with Syrian refugees, in Iraq supporting displaced Iraqi children along with Syrian refugees, and in Afghanistan. In Africa we are responding to conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), and Uganda. Among other activities, we establish Child Friendly Spaces to provide children with a safe environment where they can play with others their age, access basic education, and receive psychosocial support to help them cope with traumatising experiences. We have also set up child helplines in the DRC and Afghanistan which vulnerable children and care providers can call to receive support or advice.

Your support will make a real difference to children like Nour – after Nour fled her home in Syria, she was withdrawn and aggressive, lashing out at her younger sister. With War Child’s help, she’s beginning to recover – she’s making friends and is a lot calmer. It’s just the start and War Child will continue to help Nour and her family cope with their experiences. That’s why the generosity and commitment of friends like you is essential. Your support allows us to ensure that the needs and rights of children are protected.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Fundraising team at War Child
www.warchild.org.uk