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3 06, 2014

Welcome Summer 2014 Interns!

U-TOUCH welcomes Vanessa Roy and Grace Harter to the U-TOUCH team for Summer 2014!

Vanessa

Vanessa Roy was born in Missoula, Montana where she earned her BA in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2009. After graduation, she workedas a case manager at a YWCA domestic violence shelter and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. In 2013 Vanessa began studying for her Masters in Economics and International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS. This summer she will be interning at U-TOUCH working on curriculum development.

 

 

GraceGrace Harter was born in Washington, DC and received a BA in International Studies from Washington College. Soon after graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Ukraine. Currently, she is studying for her Masters in Economics and International Development at Johns Hopkins University. [...]

14 04, 2014

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3 03, 2014

Compassion to Passion!

Deborah Plotkin speaking at  TEDx San Diego in February 2014

Deb Plotkin: Born and raised in New York City, with the tragic loss of her father early in life, Deborah learned to be strong at an early age, turning hardship into resilience and opportunity. Through her work, she established her path and passion for giving a voice to those in need and a way to fulfill their dreams. Deborah initially became an advocate to give that voice to children with autism. After she and her husband spent years facing challenges trekking mountains in the US, the Himalayas in Nepal, Ecuador and Tanzania, Deborah’s drive and determination to help others only grew. The lessons on the way to the summit were adding up. After facing unexpected storms and avalanches, yet conquering the peaks, it was time to give back. Deborah was instrumental in the fundraising efforts [...]

15 12, 2013

Jennifer

I am Amaa Jennifer from Pader Town Council. I am currently working as a Secretary to the office of District Registrar Electoral Commission Pader District. Additionally, I care take the same office in the absence of my boss.

Prior to joining U-TOUCH Pader Center, I was working as Manager Posta Uganda Pader branch. I had no knowledge of computer then.

On the 5th January 2012 after learning of the free training ICT trainings at U-TOUCH Pader Center. I enrolled for the training. My expectation was to obtain the relevant computer skills to enable me acquire a good job with an attractive salary.

At U-TOUCH center Pader, I acquired skills in word processing, editing, formatting, and working with spreadsheets, presentations in powerpoint and web search using Google. My communication also improved because of access to internet.

After three months of training, I was confident that my expectation would soon come to pass. In April [...]

1 12, 2013

Simon

SimonMy name is Komakech Simon, 23, from Pader Town Council, Northern Uganda. Before Joining U-TOUCH, I was at an impasse. My chances of continuing to the higher Institution were uncertain. I was financially constrained to move further with my education. Then I got relieved when I heard an announcement about the free ICT training at U-TOUCH Center. I had no prior knowledge on computer. On receiving this good news, I began to dream of success because I knew that after attaining that training, I would find something to do and save money to further my education. I enrolled for the free ICT training on 4th February. My ambition was to attain working knowledge in Computer to prepare me for a job.

After the 3 month training, I realized that my life had been totally transformed. I had acquired the skills [...]

4 11, 2013

U-TOUCH PADER

The Catalyst For Long-term Social And Economic Transformation

Pader district, like other districts of Northern Uganda has been a victim of the civil war orchestrated by Lord Joseph Kony. The two decade old war has led to untold suffering of people especially children and youths of school going age. Even when the war ended more than 7 years ago, Pader is still grappling with problems such as high illiteracy rates especially among girls, unemployment, gambling, and disease. Alcoholism and lack of information due to absence of public libraries and internet services.

U-touch-paderIn 2010, U-TOUCH opened its center in Pader with the aim of reversing some of the problems highlighted above. To date, more than 650 youths have been trained on basic ICT Skills. Using the free internet provided by the center, Youths have been empowered with the knowledge and skills to search for [...]

20 07, 2013

Gulu Street Parade & Concert

Earlier this month the U-TOUCH Gulu community decided that they would like to come together to share with the world that theStreet Parade people are so very happy with what U-TOUCH is doing on the ground. We also just so happened to have Bosmic Otim, an incredible Northern Ugandan singer songwriter on our team. We decided to host a street parade and concert to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the U-TOUCH community and invite others to join the movement. It was incredible to see the large team of volunteers working so hard to organize the event. Sylvia Latim, Maria A., Bosmic, Williams, Patricia and many more were all instrumental in making the event a huge success! Bosmic Otim invited other talented singer songwriters including BS Labong, Pretty B, Joe Emrold, Maria A., and a group he has worked with named “Nile Republic”.

The [...]

10 07, 2013

Gulu Town

Uganda1It feels good to be back in my home away from home, in Gulu town.  Each year I return to receive a warmer welcome and from more than the year before.  Each time I see someone for the first time I am swept off my feet with the greatest loving sincere hug after a year’s hiatus from my family away from family. Both the U-TOUCH and AMREF staff shared their joy and love with my return to the Gulu U-TOUCH Digital Center.

Each year I return to find that U-TOUCH has progressed beautifully and grown in so many dimensions. The staff has become even more dedicated to U-TOUCH and their expertise strengthened. The Center is in full swing; there are 14 desktops and 10 laptops in action here in Gulu with 15 connected to the Internet.  The Center looks great and we [...]

26 06, 2013

Back to Uganda in 2013

Travel from San Diego to Uganda was a bit challenging with pushing, pulling and storing of heavy baggage, delayed flights leading to a missed flight and delayed baggage and exhaustion.  Reading and sleeping was the pattern over the 24 hours but finally arriving in beautiful Uganda dissolved any and all travel woes. Stepping out from the airport to the cloudless blue sky and warm air enveloping my soul all stress was relieved by the kind and warm welcome back to Uganda.  

View of Lake Victoria from the Guest HouseThe driver and helper from Hellen’s Lake View Guesthouse waited patiently for my delayed arrival and drove me up to an oasis in the hills.  Hellen greeted me upon arrival, a beautiful woman with a warm smile and soon to discover a warm heart [...]

21 02, 2013

Good Hope

My name is Gracious. I hail from Patongo Town Council in Agago District, About 40 Km from Pader. I first learnt of the free ICT training at AMREF /U-TOUCH Center at Pader in January 2012. I then applied and joined it in February and completed in April 2012, I then graduated in May. I had, prior to joining U-TOUCH, unsuccessfully looked for a job but now when I got back home after the training, I asked my father to help me with some capital to start a business of my own. Convinced by my newly attained computer skill backed by a beautifully designed certificate of completion, he gave me funds to start a secretarial and stationery business.

Patongo had been lacking a quality and reliable computer services. Some people have the resources but lack the skill to operate computers. As a result many businesses had in the past opened and [...]