Page 2: Extending War Child’s remit
War Child has grown from a two-man organisation working out of a sitting room in North London, into an international aid agency with offices in half a dozen countries. As the fighting finally came to an end in the former Yugoslavia, the focus of War Child’s work moved from short-term emergency aid to longer-term rehabilitation and construction projects, the largest of which was the Pavarotti Music Centre in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar.
'Pavarotti and Friends' concerts, staged in 1995 and 1996, helped fund the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina - a major rebuilding project which refurbished a devastated school to provide a purpose-built therapy centre and bring music and the arts to Bosnia’s war-traumatised children. The opening of the Centre in 1997 was a fitting culmination to the first phase of War Child’s activities in Bosnia and marked the beginning of a new chapter in War Child’s development.
Today, War Child is involved in numerous projects in over a dozen countries across four continents. However, its fundamental goal remains the same - to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children struggling for survival in war zones around the world. War Child interprets the term 'war zone' to include areas of current armed conflict or where children are suffering from the devastation left by war.