The goal of Windle is to equip the people of Africa with the skills and commitment to overcome the legacy of conflict and we particularly invest in those whose lives have been most directly affected by conflict as they are highly motivated to build a peaceful future.
Windle aims to treat everyone with respect and as a unique individual with potential. We seek to inspire those we serve through our own commitment to them, just as they inspire us with their resilience and determination.
Windle works in partnership with all those who wish to bring about positive transformation in Africa. We remain committed to a long-term vision and have been supporting refugees for over 40 years, allowing us to develop exceptional, relevant and effective programmes run by national Windle Trusts, who understand the needs of their specific locality whilst being a part of a greater, regional presence and international charity.
Windle has a committed staff. In Africa all the staff, from most senior to newest junior are from the region of East Africa and many of the most senior employees have remained with Windle for their careers as they believe in the strategic importance and direction of Windle and can measurably see the difference it makes to individuals and communities.
Windle Trusts have become leading experts in the provision of education and training to refugees and conflict-affected communities.
Hugh Pilkington who founded the first Windle Trust in 1977 believed that access to high quality education was the primary way in which the fortunes of Africa could be transformed.
We have seen over many years that vision be realised. Steven Wondu was supported by Windle as a refugee for his studies in Economics. Steven excelled and is now playing a key role as Auditor General of South Sudan. This is one example of many. Windle Alumni have gone on from being refugees to playing significant roles in the rebuilding of their country and contributing to peace.
In conflict-affected regions, it is often the women and girls who suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to education. Windle constantly seeks to address this imbalance and implements a range of programmes to promote the access to education for girls at all levels from early childhood development to university level study.
A former Government minister in South Sudan commented: “Windle has done more for my country than any other organisation as you have made a lasting investment in us, the people of South Sudan, so we can build our new nation.”