Children in conflict zones now face a danger as deadly as the bombs and bullets they have survived. Coronavirus.
Coronavirus is more than a health crisis. For vulnerable children already living in some of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances in the world, the impact could be devastating. Many families in conflict zones now in lockdown have lost their incomes overnight, pushing them further into poverty and leaving them at risk of starvation. For those living in refugee camps, conditions are cramped and coronavirus will spread quickly. With already weakened immune systems, and no proper healthcare to fall back on, children will die from Covid-19. And children who should be at school are more at risk than ever from child labour and recruitment into armed groups.
Even as the virus makes our work on the frontline more challenging, our staff continue to work tirelessly to protect children in conflict zones and provide them with food, hygiene kits, educational materials and more. But we must reach more children who need us, and we can't do it without you.
Our supporters and friends across the arts and creative industries have gifted us designs, items and experiences to our Crowdfunder appeal. So not only do you get the chance to buy something truly unique, but the money you donate means War Child will be able to help more children.
Act now to save children from a virus as deadly as war.
What is War Child?
War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.
We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay to support them through their recovery - helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.
We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution - from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.
We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.
What is the War Child’s Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder?
The Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder will raise funds for children facing Coronavirus in war zones, by selling a variety of exclusive items and experiences which have been generously donated by our high-profile supporters and friends from across the creative industries.
What are you fundraising for?
Children in conflict zones now face a danger as deadly as the bombs and bullets they have survived. Coronavirus. It is not just a health crisis. With schools shut and families pushed further into poverty by lockdown and recession, children living in conflict zones are more at risk than ever from child labour and recruitment into armed groups. The impact of the virus on families has meant many have lost their incomes.
Our teams on the frontline are working tirelessly to protect vulnerable children from the impact of Coronavirus. As Coronavirus makes our operating environment even more challenging, we are committed to finding solutions that continue to put children’s needs at the heart of everything we do.
The Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder will raise crucial funds for children facing Coronavirus in war zones, by selling a variety of exclusive items and experiences which have been donated by supporters and friends across the arts and creative industries.
I want to find out more about what War Child does to help children affected by war. Where can I find more information?
If you would like to find out more about War Child’s work please go to our website: https://www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do
Why is there a lack of diversity among the celebrities supporting the crowdfunder?
As a charity that works across the globe with marginalised and underrepresented communities, we are committed to diversity and representation at all levels of the organisation, this includes with our high profile supporters. Charities like War Child need to work with famous faces to reach larger audiences to raise the money to deliver our programmes, but we recognise there’s a right and a wrong way of doing this. We are aware that historically the vast majority of our high profile supporters have been white and we are conscious that we do not want to promote the problematic ‘white saviour’ narrative.
That’s why when we work with children, it’s really important to us we work in partnership with them – so they can express their views and to make sure they play a part in the decisions that affect them. We work with all children and families who share their stories with us to receive informed consent and believe it’s important that children in our programmes are not portrayed as passive victims, but as whole individuals and we are grateful to everyone who has consented for their story to be shared so that we can continue to raise awareness of our work.
We know we’ve got work to do to diversify our portfolio of public-facing supporters. In particular when it comes to the generous support from those in the music industry we know that this is a symptom of systemic problems that we cannot solve alone, but we want to help be part of the solution. That the majority of high profile individuals who kindly agreed to support the crowdfunder are white is helping us understand that we need to do more as an organisation to build long term and meaningful relationships with a broader set of individuals. We are having open, honest and difficult conversations with our peers and our staff to understand how we got here so we can learn and build plans to increase the diversity of our high profile relationships.
Items & Experiences FAQ
I’ve bought a t-shirt/canvas shopper/art print. When will it arrive?
We aim to dispatch the t-shirts, canvas shoppers, and art prints within three weeks of you placing the order. We’re a small team and have to operate within current guidelines so please bear with us. If anything changes we’ll let you know.
Are there different dispatch rules for different items?
Yes. We aim to dispatch easily shippable items within three weeks but for some of the more difficult to ship items, it might take a bit longer. We will be in touch with you directly if you’ve bought or won one of these items. We’ve also tried to include shipping timelines in the details page for each item wherever possible.
Do you ship anywhere?
Yes, we ship worldwide on most items but please check the details on the item page to make sure.
Is shipping included?
Shipping to the UK mainland is included on all items. Shipping to Europe is £5. Shipping anywhere else is £10.
I’ve changed my mind. What happens next?
Should you wish to return a Product to us, please contact email@example.com and we will process the return or put you in contact with the relevant third party, within 14 days from the date of receipt of the items, provided that you send back the items at your own cost, within 14 days of informing us of your intention to do so. The returns procedure will differ depending on which Product has been purchased. We will be happy to refund the price of or exchange a Product provided it is in a fully resaleable condition with any labels/tags still intact and as far as possible, in its original packaging. If we find that the Product has not been returned to us in a fully resaleable condition, we reserve the right to refuse a refund or exchange on the Product.
You will bear the cost of returning the Product to us and we will not refund your original delivery charge unless you have exercised your right to cancel the contract under the Consumer Contracts Regulations.
Why are t-shirts available here and on Teemills? What’s the difference?
War Child has been working with TeeMill for over 3 years on our #WearitForWarChild campaign. This year, we have paired up with TeeMill again for our Crowdfunder T-shirt campaign.
Whilst there is no difference in the t-shirt product itself, all t-shirts purchased through the Crowdfunder platform will be fulfilled and managed by War Child. All t-shirt purchased on the #WearitForWarChild platform will be fulfilled, and managed by TeeMill alongside all other #WearitForWarChild designs.
How can I enter the prize draw?
You can enter the prize draw by making a £5.00 donation to War Child at www.WarChildCrowdfunder.co.uk or by sending a postcard. You can enter as many times as you want, to increase your chances.
Who can enter the prize draw?
The prize draws are open to applicants aged 18 and over (at the time of entry). There might be prize specific age limits so please check the T&Cs and the details page for the prize draw you wish to enter for more information.
Employees and contractors (and their respective families) of War Child and Effect are not eligible to enter.
Please check the T&Cs for further restrictions. Entrants confirm that they’re in compliance with all local rules and laws in the country in which they are a resident.
How much of my donation goes to War Child?
Every penny of your £5.00 donation goes to War Child bar the usual credit card fees.
Is there a free option?
Yes, if you’d like to enter the prize draw for free, please send a postcard to:
FAO: Crowdfunder, War Child, Studio 320, Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1TL.
Please make sure to include your name, address, email address, and the prize draw you’d like to enter for on the postcard.
When does the prize draw take place?
Entry to the Prize Draw 1-9 opens on 11th August 2020 at 08:00 and closes on 1st September at 22:00. Entries received after the closing time will NOT be eligible to win a prize.
Entry to the Prize Draw for (10) Zoom Call with Gillian Anderson opens at 14th August at 9:30 and closes on 1st September at 22:00. Entries received after the closing time will NOT be eligible to win a prize.
The draw itself will take place between the 2nd September and 4th September.
How do I find out if I’ve won?
Prize draw winners will be notified about the results of the prize draw no later than 72 hours after the draw has taken place.
I’ve won the prize draw for a virtual experience. What happens next?
If you’re lucky to win one of our virtual experiences we’ll be in touch with you directly after the draw to find a mutually available time. Please check the details page for each of the prize draws for more information.
Is there someone I can get in touch with for help?
Yes, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the T&Cs?
See the T&Cs here https://www.warchildcrowdfunder.co.uk/terms-and-conditions