Not to let you out of the experiences, on December 8th, 9th and Saturday 10th 2016, a monitoring visits were conducted at BOSCO Uganda’s community ICT Centres in the Districts of Kitgum and Lamwo by BOSCO Uganda’s Technical, Finance and Coordination, team members. These were mainly sites initiated with funding support from UNICEF under the project intervention “Peace Building and Socio-economic Development through ICT in Northern Uganda” 2012-2014.
The purposes of these monitoring visits were but not limited to;
Conduct routine maintenance of the equipment,
Conduct Asset verification and
Renew the Partnership agreements with the Community ICT Centers.
The experience started from Namokora ICT Centre in Namokora Sub County bordering Karamoja region from the Southern part and far East of Kitgum District where Florence Akello; the centre manager, Namokora ICT Centre said “BOSCO Uganda should continue to train the youths in Business Skills in addition to the ICT skills although as youths of Namokora ICT Centre, they are trying so much to bring youths together through Village Savings and Loan Association, Goats rearing and ICT Training but these weren’t that easy. So far, over 20 goats are being reared by each committee members as means of Sustaining their ICT Centre.
At Pagwa Shamba in Kitgum Matidi sub County where a computer was being shared by about 3 young ICT users, the team caught up with Morris Okonya; the chair person for Sustainability who didn’t hesitate to say for Pagwa Shamba, 150 (70 F & 80 M) were trained on Basic computer skills and the group sustains their ICT Centre through phone charging, training subscription , goat rearing and above all plans to start a welding business soon from the VSLA proceeds that BOSCO supported them with during the training of TOTs.
At Straight Talk Foundation (Kitgum Youth Centre) that also benefited from the Seeds of BOSCO Uganda’s expansion to Kitgum district, Nyeko Adolfo; Site Manager said that, 120 (87 M & 43 F) were trained on basic ICT Skills and as means of sustainability for the ICT Centre, the youths currently are engaged in Piggery project and Simsim grinding machine business. Straight talk Foundation being a centre of interest that attracts many young people also in addition to the ICT Project runs a Radio in a Bucket FM station using smart phone system initiated by Rootio, one of BOSCO Uganda’s partner through UNICEF that aids in mobilization among others.
Another very good experience in addition to the beautiful Scenery was when the team visited Tute Laco Laco youth Group in Agoro Sub County Lamwo District. The youth group networked with MUKWANO GROUP OF COMPANIES that went to buy the sunflowers on the day of this visit that the group planted and harvest in 2016, The group reaped 40 bags of sunflower and sold each kilogram at 1000/= to Mukwano from which they plan to add equipment to their ICT Centre like Printer and modem as they wait for others from BOSCO Uganda,
Dramatic and historical enough was when the monitoring team’s only transport mean (car) got a flat tire in the middle of nowhere (literally an isolated location) for over 5 hours where no telephony connectivity prevails, no mechanic, no trading centre and there was no choice to the team other than climb near by big tree as a rescue mission to get telephone outreach. Work for that day was completely disrupted as solutions were being sought.
Finally, on Saturday 10th December 2016, the team concluded the monitoring visit from Lalak Express, Lokung Sub County, Ber Bedo Group; Palabek Gem Sub County both in Lamwo District and Kitgum Main Mosque ICT Centre in Kitgum District.
Courtesy visits to local governmental leaders especially at Sub County headquarters were done in areas of the visits to strengthen the partnership and coordination and to create awareness and clarity of roles to the leaders to gunner success for connecting people and preserving Culture in the different areas of operations.