The Purpose and Values of Wings Like Eagles – what we do and why

This page explains our purpose. It shows you what we are about. We show what things we think are valuable. We show how we deliver.

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Our Purpose

Wings’ purpose is to respond to disasters.  We want to save lives. We want to get the right aid to the right people.  And we want to provide access to all.  Access without fear or favour.  


Countries that stand on their own.  People with self-respect and independence.


Safety, commitment, integrity, flexibility and efficiency.

We follow the Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Concept of Operations – delivering our purpose

Wings Like Eagles is a charity.   We believe in the principle first do no harm.  

Wings works through allies and partners.  It anticipates disasters and invests in resilience where it can.   This may be in water wells or tracking malnourished expectant mothers.  Some sums are aimed to build disaster response capacity in the region.  Then high utility helicopters can:

  • be in the right place to respond to disasters rapidly, and
  • operate out of disaster season to maintain skills and cover costs.

Wings responds to disasters with a proven suite of tools designed to save lives, to get the right aid to the right people and provide access for all.  Where it can Wings lowers disasters response times, initially in Southeast Africa.  To do this, the charity raises money in advance.  Then it can make a much more rapid response to disasters.

The charity also makes key investments targeted at disaster recovery where it can.  So in 2019 after Cyclone IDAI we and Crisis Relief International were the first to fly seeds to invest in the next harvest.  

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Strategic Performance Standards

  • Safety is our chief concern.
  • We save lives by investing charity funds in safe aviation operations.  We aim to produce a uniquely rapid response (in Africa initially).  This means we can save lives by delivering medical staff close to vulnerable people.  We evacuate people if needed.
  • Wings sustains lives.  It delivers ‘the right aid to the right people at the right time’.  Then we can we give rapid access both to disaster assessors and to the press.  The press helps every one raise money.  We also fly cargoes to provide needed relief by helicopter.  That way we feed and sustain the people until the roads open.
  • We also develop people through training in disaster resilience.  So, for example, when we put water pumps in, we look for farmers who will keep the pumps running.

See what we have done at our News page!  Or, if you want to support us, have a look at our Annual Reports.  Or maybe check us out at the Charity Commission website.  So you can see what we do with money.   

Then donate to us!  Thank you.