DESPERATE DREAMS AT NOONIt was noon, the sun was extra bright and bitingly hot that which makes a European turn pink, the wind was strong like it could lift a crawling baby. Seated next to me was my eldest brother Richard, on my right was my mother freshly widowed and opposite where I sat was … Continue reading Desperate Dreams at Noon
Hi I am Alfred Kilama, the new member of the BOSCO Team here in Gulu working as a technical assistant. I graduated in Information Technology from Kampala International University in 2005. I then joined Caritas Gulu Archdiocese to do database management.During my time with Caritas, I was handling data from Displaced peoples camps as they … Continue reading Alfreds’ Introduction
Typical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects in developing areas of the world focus simply on delivering computers for educational and community use. This basic and simplistic approach has often been tried and the results are varied. Organizations have been committed to sending “refurbished” computers to schools while others have helped start Internet cafes in … Continue reading Building collaborative communities
After a few months of struggles finding new tower alternatives to restore Internet connectivity to our IDP camp sites, the BOSCO technical team has reestablished connectivity at at least 4 of our 6 IDP camp sites which will go back online in the next couple of days. We had previously been using an old 30 … Continue reading Reconnectivity Established
Read BOSCO staff member David Aliker’s story at here. It was Friday morning; I sat restless in the staff room starring at the wall deep in thoughts and reflections about what life is all about. The bell goes but I could not hear even when other teachers are complaining of the time keeper hitting the … Continue reading Meet David Aliker!
One of the challenges of trying to launch an innovative non-profit organization in a former war zone is that on any given day, you can run into serious and unexpected problems that can impede your progress.One story from a couple of months ago best illustrates these surprises and challenges: One morning, I received a call … Continue reading Obstacles We Face are Daunting
It’s been a long while since I have updated my blog here. A lot has been happening with BOSCO since I last posted about our human rights monitoring initiative that we are doing. In fact, you may not have known this, but between the last time I posted and now, I spent about 7 weeks … Continue reading A long overdue update!
The LRA seems to be active in the Congo, and waiting to play a role in Southern Sudan destabilization. See the article The deadly cult of Joseph Kony While the world watches one conflict in Congo, another is raging – inspired by a sadistic rebel leader with a taste for black magic. Daniel Howden reports … Continue reading News of Nov ’08 LRA activity
One of the greatest tragedies of the war in northern Uganda over the past twenty years is the devastation it has inflicted on the civilian population and especially on the youth. Throughout most of the conflict, the LRA rebels employed a strategy which terrorized those living in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps by abducting youth—both … Continue reading The youth search for peace
After only a few weeks working in the idp campss, I am already beginning to understand the complexities of development work. Whenever a service is provided or a material item is provided to people who are in very vulnerable situations, such as the internally displaced persons around Gulu, the implications of this give-take relationship can … Continue reading The possibilities!