BOSCO Uganda (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach) is an NGO operating under the Archdiocese of Gulu in northern Uganda and provides innovative ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions using a collaborative, web-based approach to foster social and economic development in peace building in rural communities in northern Uganda.
The organization was started by a few Notre Dame alumni and is partnering with the Archdiocese to install communication systems in former Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in war-affected northern Uganda. Specifically, BOSCO is installing solar powered PCs connected to Internet and VoIP telephony, creating a network of sites across the region in schools, health centers, NGO offices, and local government offices. BOSCO is helping to increase collaboration among service providers using these communication systems while also ending the isolation that the rural Acholi people have experienced because of the war in northern Uganda. BOSCO also implements computer training courses in the rural sites using a collaborative, “Web 2.0” model of training that emphasizes Internet use as a method for human rights monitoring, enhanced education, and more efficient access to service providers (e.g. tele-medicine).