The Linda Norgrove Foundation was established in October 2010 in memory of Linda Norgrove. Linda was devoted to ensuring that the people of Afghanistan would achieve prosperity and stability as their country was rebuilt. Her parents, John and Lorna Norgrove, set up the Foundation to continue her work.
The Foundation’s primary goal is to help women and children in Afghanistan, the innocent victims of the decades of conflict in the poorest country in the world outside Africa.
We develop and support programmes with special emphasis on education and incomes for women. We believe that this is most likely to create a positive lasting change for the country.
Our focus is particularly on helping women and children affected by the war. There are more than 1.5 million widows in Afghanistan and they make up one fifth of the adult female population. They are not visible, in all senses, and their situation receives less publicity than, for example, the disabled and children. For this reason, we believe that this sector is underfunded and we aim to redress the balance.
We fund smaller projects that do not appeal to larger charities but which fit better with the donations given by the majority of our supporters. This gives you a better idea of what your money achieves, and we can more easily ensure that the funds are getting to those who need them. Occasionally, we fund work directly but mostly we provide funds to other charities for specific projects.
How we are run
Our Trustees, who are not paid and do not receive expenses, ensure that the charity’s funds are devoted entirely to the charity’s aims. The Trustees also pay all UK overheads, so that all of your donations go direct to Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan two part time women employees and two volunteer Afghan professionals monitor and report on projects within the country. In the UK the trustees do most of the management, administration and financial work. Volunteers Annelise Jespersen and John Conway also manage our website and social media.
See our annual financial reports.