One of BOSCO-Uganda’s main objectives has always been to provide a medium through which local communities could build relationships. This medium, of course, is a solar-powered PC with access to the Internet as well as an Intranet that connects all BOSCO-Uganda sites across northern Uganda.
Yet, the job is so much more than just providing the physical ICT infrastructure. True development work is never about just showing up with a piece of equipment, installing it, and saying goodbye forever; it’s just the opposite. Each community that BOSCO-Uganda equipment resides in has its own needs, its own personality, and its own ways of using ICT to improve lives.
This is especially true when considering the different religious backgrounds that BOSCO-Uganda encounters in each community. Although BOSCO-Uganda has roots in the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu, it has always followed the lead of Archbishop Odama who is part of the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace initiative, bringing Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims, and others around the same table to discuss common goals and peace building in the region.
Continuing in this tradition, BOSCO will soon be connecting sites at the Acholi Muslim District and at the Kitgum Main Mosque Complex. This will give more young Ugandan leaders a chance to interact with people of different backgrounds and faiths, promoting cultural diversity which, in turn, promotes peace. BOSCO-Uganda believes peacebuilding is proactive; it starts with building a relationship and maintaining that relationship over time. This is just one of the ways we can contribute to lasting peace in the region.