In 1977, Hugh Austin Windle Pilkington set up the Windle Charitable Trust in Kenya to support needy Kenyanstudents and refugees elsewhere in Africa to study in British universities. He believed that access to good education was essential if Africa was to meet the challenges it faced. Before his death in 1986, Hugh had made arrangements for his personal estate to be used to set up a foundation to promote education of refugees.
In 1988 the Huge Pilkington Charitable International (HPCT) was established in the UK. Subsequently Windle International programs were set up in Uganda in 1997. Other Program Offices where set up in Khartoum, Ethiopia and Juba in 2005. At the moment Windle International Uganda is a member of the Windle Trust International Federation with programs in the UK as Windle Trust International, in Kenya as WTK, in Uganda as WIU, in Khartoum as WTI Sudan and in Southern Sudan as WTI South Sudan.
Windle International Uganda is a registered INGO whose mission is to provide refugees, Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who have lost their families, social networks and properties, and no longer have a place to call home and other war-affected Africans with access to education and training. Windle International Uganda has been a leading provider of access to university education, post-primary education, primary education and vocational skills training for conflict-affected Africans since 1996.
To date, in partnership with UNHCR, Windle International Uganda has supported over 300,000 refugees and people affected by conflict access quality education from ECD to University. Currently, Windle has gross enrolment of 57683 children across the settlements in Uganda out of which 86% are refugees. A total of 193,640 children are being supported in primary education out of which 81.4% are refugees from across the neighbouring countries with majority being South Sudanese. In partnership with UNHCR, Windle currently offer secondary education scholarships to 14175 out of which 71.3% who access this scheme are refugees.
Windle International Uganda also offers university scholarships to local universities within Uganda for undergraduate and masters programmes in UK universities. Over the years, Windle International Uganda through DAFI, has offered 547 scholarships to refugees for undergraduates and 547 for masters in different disciplines with 82% being refugees. Currently, there 279 students on scholarship across universities in Uganda enrolled in different courses. Windle has 09 students currently for masters in United Kingdom.