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The Numbers Explained

In 2021, War Child delivered vital education, child protection and psychosocial support to 648,477 children and caregivers affected by conflict. 

This support was delivered through our programmes including our flagship evidence-based methods as well as our projects in countries around the globe.

What do we mean by children affected by conflict?  

In addition to the millions of children living in active war zones, our support extends to refugee children and families on the move or in host countries everywhere from Africa to Europe. 

Why is this number so high compared to last year? 

The number of children and adults we reached through our programmes has risen by 354,796 compared to last year. You might be wondering: why is this? 

Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, War Child has had to adapt its very ways of working. Instead of reaching children in schools and safe spaces, many of our activities have been delivered online or through remote innovations. This has allowed us to reach many more children in new and innovative ways. For example, in Lebanon, continued COVID-19 restrictions saw us develop a website for Can’t Wait to Learn complete with downloadable educational materials. 

Distance learning alternatives like this, as well as psychosocial support delivered via mobile, hotline and other digital means, have been crucial to ensuring we can restore access to vital support services.  

How do we ensure quality in all of this? 

As we move towards more remote, flexible programming, it’s important we maintain our commitment to the highest humanitarian standards. Read more about how we achieved this in 2021 in the dedicated section of this report. 

How do we present these numbers in the Annual Report?

As mentioned above, the support we provide to children is delivered through our global programmes - including our flagship evidence-based methods, Can't Wait to Learn and TeamUp .

Scroll through our country reports in this chapter to see how many children took part in our programmes per country. Please note: children reached through Can’t Wait to Learn in Jordan, for example, are recorded on the Can’t Wait to Learn page rather than in the Jordan report . We do this to avoid double counting.

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