A message from Windle International’s Chief Executive, Marangu Njogu
As an international NGO with member offices across East Africa and Europe, we are, like so many organisations, businesses, and communities, being affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Like everyone else around the world, we are adapting to this new situation as best we can. Although it is changing almost daily in each country we work in, I want to take this opportunity to assure you that we remain committed to making sure that children and young people who have been affected by conflict and marginalisation can continue to access quality education.
The health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers is paramount. In all countries that we operate in, our staff are working from home and abiding by government rules on social distancing. The people who work for and with Windle are amazing, and their dedication to prioritising the needs of refugees, displaced people and their host communities, and all individuals who have been affected by conflict and marginalisation, particularly in these trying circumstances, continues to inspire me.
People and families living in refugee camps and settlements are some of the most at risk from this pandemic. We are working with and supporting UNHCR and other partners to make sure that they are protected and included in national Covid-19 preparedness and response activities. For example, we are part of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Regional Working Group, and we continue to monitor and respond to the situation as it develops.
All of our members have been proactive in raising awareness about how to prevent the spread of the virus, promoting hygiene and social distancing measures, and making sure that all our locations and work spaces have proper hand washing facilities and access to hand sanitisers.
As schools and other education institutions around the world close, we are working closely with our partners to find ways of helping people to get a quality education.
We’ll keep you updated on our activity as the situation develops. I wish to extend my thanks to everyone who has reached out to us and supported us, and to everyone for their continued interest in supporting all people who have been affected by conflict and marginalisation to access education, and work towards creating a more peaceful world. I hope that everyone is doing all they can to support each other, and to keep each other safe during this difficult time. Now more than ever we must work together as a global family.