“IF WE ARE TO TEACH REAL PEACE IN THIS WORLD, AND IF WE ARE TO CARRY ON A REAL WAR AGAINST WAR, WE SHALL HAVE TO BEGIN WITH THE CHILDREN.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Today, thousands of innocent and helpless children around the world witness extreme violence, civil conflict and war. Modern warfare spares no one, including children, and the devastating effects include physical injuries, mental impairments, displacement and death. Sadly, access to health services and medicine in areas of conflict is limited and needs often far outweigh resources.
Children of War Foundation was formed with these children in mind. However shortly after the organization’s inception, COWF members decided that how the medical need came about was not important – and having the ability to provide medical care to any child was essential to COWF’s future. So, in 2012, COWF revised its mission to be less limiting, and now seeks to provide donated reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to any child living with a physical deformity or injury that cannot be treated in their home country.
With the help of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, COWF is able to connect its candidates with some of the finest surgeons in the United States. And children that cannot be transported to the U.S. for treatment will be considered as a candidate for one of the organization’s international missions, where medical teams travel abroad and address multiple cases throughout the duration of their visit.
In addition to providing medical and surgical care to children in need, Children of War Foundation also conducts international searches for eligible children, supervises the legal necessities of transporting them to the United States, prepares all travel arrangements, and searches for nurturing accommodations in the U.S. while treatment is being administered.
Children of War Foundation is a non-profit, non-politically affiliated organization that provides medical care to the children that need it regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality and religion. The organization’s ultimate goal is to help children living with a physical deformity or injury that cannot be treated in their home country.