A non-governmental organisation founded in the UK in 1993 which provides assistance to children in areas experiencing conflict and the aftermath of conflict. It was founded in 1993 by British filmmakers Bill Leeson and David Wilson, when they returned from filming in the war in former Yugoslavia. In 1993 the first War Child convoy with equipment, and food to run a mobile bakery travelled to former Yugoslavia. During the war War Child worked together with the media, music and entertainment industries to raise funds and public awareness of the daily struggle for survival facing children in war zones. Famous artists like Brian Eno, David Bowie, Bono, Luciano Pavarotti, and Tom Stoppard backed the War Child cause at the start-up of the organization.
Kate has donated a variety of fund-raising artwork for War Child. She designed a series of Christmas cards and created the sculpture Strange Fruit in tribute to Billie Holiday as part of an exhibit of musicians’ art based on their own musical idols. Other participating celebrities included Eno, Luciano Pavarotti, Gary Barlow, Lou Reed and Yoko Ono. The works were exhibited to the general public at the Economist Plaza in St. James Street, London, and went to auction on 4 February 1997. In 2014, War Child sold King Of The Mountain soundwave prints in support of their Children of Syria Appeal in 2014.
The establishment of War Child UK was soon followed by organisations in Canada and the Netherlands.
- War Child (charity). Wikipedia, retrieved 18 September 2017.