A local ICT site thrives North of Gulu

Coope Information Centre, one of the longest standing BOSCO-Uganda sites, is currently thriving with an active volunteer base, plenty of locals wanting to be trained, and expansive plans for the future. In fact, the local community is so invested in this project that some members of the community have come forward and donated their own land to the project for future use to build a larger structure to house the ICT equipment. Continue reading “A local ICT site thrives North of Gulu”

ICT as a tool for peace building and community building

The Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative group (photo from http://www.arlpi.org/)

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. Continue reading “ICT as a tool for peace building and community building”

BOSCO-Uganda wins another award!

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ACIA E-Services Award

On May 18th, BOSCO-Uganda was awarded the Rural E-Services Award and was 1st Runner Up in the Exhibition Competition for the Annual Communications Innovation Award (ACIA) organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). Launched in 2011, the award “aims to create a channel for identifying, generating interest and recognition of various stakeholders in advancing availability and access to modern and innovative communications services.” Continue reading “BOSCO-Uganda wins another award!”

5 Years Strong!

It’s been nearly 5 years now that BOSCO has been in Gulu, Uganda working with local rural communities to deliver solar powered ICT solutions and Internet capability to the villages. Inveneo was instrumental in our first deployment of our computing stations in 2007. And it was great to stumble across their Flickr feed and see a BOSCO … Continue reading 5 Years Strong!

What happens when you mix ICT and pigs?

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BOSCO ICT users start a piggery project seen here and use the Internet to share knowledge and find resources to support their venture

One of BOSCO-Uganda’s points of emphasis going forward is to help community members at each site to develop entrepreneurial activities. This is especially important as people have moved out of the displacement camps across much of the north and small-scale farming is taking place on ancestral lands. Continue reading “What happens when you mix ICT and pigs?”

Great News: Coope ICT Centre Is Growing

Mzee Edward Okello shows BOSCO’s Stella Akiteng around the plot of land donated for future ICT use

Coope ICT Centre has recently acquired donated land from a long-time resident, Mzee Edward Okello and his family. The Coope ICT site has been one of BOSCO-Uganda’s longest operating and most successful sites, with a number of dedicated volunteers and community training staff working hard everyday to bring the benefits of the Internet to their local village residents. Continue reading “Great News: Coope ICT Centre Is Growing”

Severe storms in Pabbo damage a BOSCO-Uganda partner school

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The damaged roof from the secondary school rests in a nearby tree

Recently, severe storms in Pabbo severely damaged a secondary school where BOSCO-Uganda currently provides ICT access to secondary school students. During the heavy wind and rain, a large section of corrugated roof was torn from its wooden support beams, leaving much of the school exposed to the elements. The damage to the school could be in the thousands of dollars (USD). BOSCO-Uganda equipment was moved to a location in Pabbo that can continue to be accessed by the students and general public. Donations for repairs are welcome and can be found hereContinue reading “Severe storms in Pabbo damage a BOSCO-Uganda partner school”

BBM Visits BOSCO-Uganda

On February 24th BOSCO-Uganda hosted a delegation from BBM, a procurement/trading organisation for MIVA-Austria. MIVA-Austria has served the Catholic Church’s mission in the fight against poverty and underdevelopment around the world. Johannes Winkler, the chairperson of BBM and colleague Demmelbauer Norbert of BBM met with BOSCO staff to discuss BOSCO-Uganda programme activities, especially as it … Continue reading BBM Visits BOSCO-Uganda