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Number of people reached

Smiling children in Sri LankaIn 2012, War Child reached its target number of participants by actively involving 483,000 people, of whom 347,000 were children and young people, in 11 conflict-affected areas. We protected these children from violence, provided psychosocial support, and facilitated access to quality education. War Child improved their resilience and enabled them to shape their own futures. Parents, teachers, social workers, volunteers, and local leaders engaged in a wide range of activities, enabling them to positively interact with children, and fulfil their responsibility towards children and give them the support they need to develop into healthy adults.

Besides these active participants, War Child programmes reached 5.6 million people, of which 3.5 million were children and young people, in other ways. People were reached indirectly through trained teachers, parents and caregivers (1.1 million people) and through theatre performances, lobby activities, events, and media programmes (4.5 million people). These types of activities consist mainly of advocacy and awareness raising activities. They aim, for example, at motivating decision makers to change policies that are harmful to children. And they aim at raising awareness in communities as a starting point for changing harmful practices like abuse. In this way, they complement the results of the activities in which participants are actively involved.


To have a sustainable impact on children’s lives, War Child works not only with children and young people, but we also focus on strengthening the capacity of important actors in the social environment of children, such as parents and caregivers, teachers, social workers and local authorities. These adults are especially targeted through awareness raising and media activities, and participate in workshops on child rights and child development, and in technical skills trainings such as child-centred teaching.


*These are not unique beneficiaries. Beneficiaries may be counted twice for example when they participate in more than one project or activity. ** In 2010 these two categories weren’t separated.

Of the people who actively participated in War Child’s programmes, 70% were children and young people. Children and young people make up about 50% of the participants in the other categories.


Numbers per country

2012Active ParticipantsIndirect beneficiariesOtherwise directly reached
DR Congo75.11416.836----91.95
South Sudan15.8054.34828.6366.09736.82813.614105.328
Sierra Leone12.5381.199568571,501,7251,058,8352,574,922
Sri Lanka49.02924.17995.10684.97728.44618.683300.42

* Children and young people

Photo Masja Stolk, Sri Lanka, 2012

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