Support our Christmas campaign Children and young people have been driven out of school as Covid-19 closures impact refugee camps and settlements in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia. Please donate to our Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign from 12pm GMT on 1 December to 12pm GMT on 8 December and your donation will be doubled, thanks to the Waterloo Foundation. The Situation The Eastern Africa region is host to over 20 million people affected by conflict, internally displaced in their countries or living as refugees in a neighbouring country. Vulnerable children and young people had already been cut off from education, reducing their chance to achieve their academic potential. Challenged by the coronavirus crisis, schools have had to adapt their processes, and learners have had to attempt distance learning. Many students are at risk of losing scholarship opportunities, and girls particularly are at risk of dropping out of school completely. We desperately need to address this situation and continue to find ways of helping children and young people back to education safely. Click here to see five ways that Covid-19 has affected education in East Africa. Our Solution Windle has unique experience of supporting the education of marginalised communities across Eastern Africa. From managing primary schools to providing higher education scholarships and offering vocational training, we help people to succeed at every educational level. To respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we are providing handwashing stations, hygiene & cleaning materials, hygiene kits for learners, reusable face masks, sanitizers & disinfectants and no contact thermometers in cam schools. Additionally, we are training more teachers to guarantee social distancing with fewer students per class. This campaign will complement our extensive work from primary till and tertiary level and meet a specific gap. How we will do this By donating to our Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign between 1 December and 8 December, your support will be doubled and contribute to: Providing high level certified training to young people, including both refugees, the internally displaced and others affected by conflict, in key skill areas such as Water Engineering, Teacher Training, Economic Development, Health. We aim to see each person making a powerful contribution. Windle is deeply involved in preparing East African schools to innovate in the way education is delivered safely in a post-COVID environment. We will engage both the students supported in this project and our alumni in responding to the challenges in schools, in the education sector and more widely. Windle has supported the education of thousands of refugees and vulnerable young people over many years. This network of motivated and qualified individuals can work together to bring about positive change and support education. We aim to strengthen our alumni network to achieve this. Engaging with our alumni and others we aim to provide mentoring support to the students we support in order to facilitate their transition from study to the world of work, to access internships and to develop their professional networks. Please support our Christmas Campaign by: Donating directly to our Big Give campaign page between 12pm on 1 December and 12pm 8 December. Please note that only donations received via the above link and between the above times will be counted towards our Christmas Challenge campaign and doubled by Waterloo Foundation. Thank you, anything you can donate - even the cost of a cup of coffee - will help us to support children and young people to continue their education. Pictured above: Students learning in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda. Photo: Windle International Uganda.