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08-10-2021

The sound of the charity behind The Right to Dance

"At War Child we are driven by a single goal – ensuring a safe future for every child living through war."

Words by Rob Williams, CEO War Child UK

We go to some of the hardest to reach places to support the hardest hit and stay long after the cameras have gone. We help children to heal, recover and learn. We restore the systems which provide them with safety and education.

At War Child we understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of everything we do. We empower their voices, to help them advocate for changes in systems and practices that affect them. We boldly campaign on the root causes of conflict to help create a safer future for children across the world.

Because one child caught up in conflict is one child too many.

Together with our partners, we deliver our vital work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America to protect, educate, and stand up for the rights of children in war. Our broad range of programmatic work is developed to help meet the specific conflict-driven needs in each of our countries of operation - from helping children formerly associated with armed groups in Central African Republic reintegrate back into their communities, and delivering cash assistance to children and families facing starvation in Yemen, to helping reunite unaccompanied children in Afghanistan with their loved ones. -.

Every day, we are on the ground, in communities and in camps offering safe spaces where we can deliver life-changing services and support to help children heal, recover and learn for the chance of a better future. We also respond to emergency crisis situations where we deliver immediate and critical care to help to those who need us most, when they need us most.

At War Child, we will never give up on children affected by conflict – and our fundraising is crucial in ensuring this is a promise we can keep.

For over 25 years War Child has been working with the music industry to make remarkable things happen. In the UK, War Child’s work has motivated artists to record unique music and perform unforgettable shows. These albums, events and the vocal support of musicians have raised money and awareness that allows War Child to bring vital support to children who have been impacted by the damaging effects of war.

It all kicked off with the HELP album in 1995. Musicians and producers like Andrew Weatherall, Oasis, Neneh Cherry, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Brian Eno, Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Weller recorded the iconic HELP album in a single day. Taking inspiration from John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma’ the album was mixed, mastered, pressed and in the shops five days later. It raised over a million pounds overnight and has often been dubbed the greatest charity record of all time, helping to set War Child on the proud course it now follows, as an expert humanitarian agency.

We have since set up War Child Records to make this album and our entire catalogue of award-winning releases available again and provide a platform to make new music with the artists who are defining the sound of today.

Now, we add a building block to our musical heritage with The Right To Dance – creating a new movement rooted in the values shared between War Child and the underground music community to change the lives of children living in conflict across the world.

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