War Child Europe
War Child has three offices in Europe - War Child Holland, War Child Sweden and War Child Germany. Each organisation was founded - and operates - independently but all share a common vision and dedication to supporting children and young people affected by armed conflict.
War Child Sweden is officially registered as a Swedish fundraising foundation - alongside four other members of the War Child family. 2019 saw the development of two programmes to meet the needs of refugee children in Sweden - Together and Naturkraft - with continued financial backing from automotive giant Scania and leading sports organisation Friskis & Svettis.
The year also saw the Swedish office establish a strong relationship with key government and civil society actors such as the Swedish National Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This had a number of important outcomes including the active participation of War Child Sweden in the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations in Amsterdam and associated advocacy efforts in the Swedish parliament.
2019 was a great year for our European operations - not least with the launch of War Child Germany. The year as a whole saw a wealth of promotional activity take place to garner public attention and put us on the map. We worked creatively to build a strong network of famous friends and ambassadors - marked by the success of more than eight music and arts events held across the country. A special gala headlined by German rock band and new War Child ambassador Revolverheld was a significant highlight - raising more than €20,000 in donations.
In addition, we succeeded in positioning ourselves as a key player in the field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). This resulted in an invitation to contribute to the Foreign Office’s (GFFO) 2020 Health Strategy, amongst other important donor opportunities.
The coming year will see us use this expert grounding to fast-track the development of a series of new programmes - designed to support an increasing number of refugee children across Germany.