War Child launch ‘Learn To Live’ appeal

War Child’s ‘Learn To Live’ appeal, which will support children in the Central African Republic traumatised by war, launched today.

UK aid will match pound-for-pound the first £500,000 raised by the appeal, as the Department for International Development calls on nations, donors and organisations to all work together to support children around the world who have suffered trauma and distress as a result of conflicts.

“The British public show time and again their compassion and desire to see a better future for the world’s poorest children, which is why during this appeal the UK government will match the public’s generosity,” says International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

The appeal will raise funds for a new 18-month project to provide targeted psycho-social support and further generalised support to children whose development is held back by the after-effects of the country’s brutal civil war.

“We’re delighted that War Child has been awarded this aid match,” says Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK. “Children exposed to conflict often face severe emotional stress which can lead to the development of mental health issues. All too often, people with mental health conditions have their human rights violated and experience stigma, discrimination and exclusion in all walks of life.”

For more information on War Child’s ‘Learn to Live’ appeal, please visit:
www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/learn-to-live