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27 12, 2015

Patricia

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Women’s empowerment training has been the most remarkable thing that ever happened to me. Through the training, I gained entrepreneurship skills, leadership skills among other skills that I use in my day-to-day life experiences.

PatriciaThanks to U-TOUCH for giving me a grant of 150,000UGX  [$50] that helped me to resume my peanut butter business. This has greatly increased my financial ability. The business generates for me over 50,000UGX everyday and this income helps me to support my family. Unlike other vulnerable women, I am no longer financially dependent and I also employ two other ladies who help me with the processing of the peanut butter.

My success has had an important impact on the community by inspiring other ladies and I believe that as I advance I will also employ many other women.

I request U-TOUCH to reach out to a lot more vulnerable women [...]

27 12, 2015

Jemimah

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I’m so grateful to U-TOUCH that through the Women Empowerment Program I was trained in many things like leadership skills and entrepreneurship skills that enabled me to achieve a milestone that is changing my life and helping me access greater opportunities. I emerged one of the Winners in the Business JemimahProposal Competition that led to a cash prize of 150,000UGX. Using the grant I obtained a 120-liter blue drum that is very vital in the liquid soap process and restarted the Liquid Soap Processing Project that I had given up for lack of finances and limited entrepreneurship skills. I also purchased chemicals for liquid soap processing. I processed the soap and I’m excited that I have already started selling.

I’m excited to say that my sales are going up steadily and my liquid soap-processing center has attracted a contract of [...]

27 12, 2015

Kevin

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My name is Kevin. I was born on 11th September 1997. When I reached seven years, my father and mother died in the LRA War and I became an orphan. Then I started schooling when I was eight years in primary one. This was during the time when the insurgency in Northern Uganda was at its peak and I had no one to stay with and to take proper care of me.

Sponsored Student Aero KevinFortunately, my aunt came to the village and took my brother, Sebastian, and me to her home in town. My aunt gave us guidance and showed us love and care. She taught us how to work in the house, washing clothes, cooking, sweeping the compound, gardening, and how to relate with our friends, relatives and neighbors. It was hard for me until U-TOUCH came [...]

29 11, 2015

Auma Lillian Lucy

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My name is Auma Lillian Lucy, aged 19 years old. I hail from Pader town council.

I heard about the free computer training at U-TOUCH through the radio. Thereafter, I became interested and applied for the program. After completing training at U-TOUCH I became competent in use of computers and was hired as an Office Assistant at the Management Training and Advisory Center at the Pader Outreach Center. Now I am proud that I meet my expectations and above all, the training added value in my life in the following ways.

Auma Lillian Lucy

a)    I create office documents for this institution using MS Word program and also for my research work.

b)    The Internet knowledge helps me in carrying out my research in the different coursework given and making communications.

c)    The health education especially on the reproductive health made me to be [...]

11 11, 2015

Sebastian – Sponsored Student Update

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We met Sebastian in 2009, when he was 11 years old.  He had lost both parents in the LRA War and was living with his grandmother and seven cousins. We enrolled Sebastian at Negri Secondary School where he was named a “bright and excellent” student, eager to learn.  With his cousin Julius, Sebastian built a reading hut, where he practiced to become a proficient reader and scholar. On day, Sebastian figured out how to wire the family’s kitchen hut with a light bulb so that his grandma could cook after dark.  Then, while still 11 years old and never having seen a computer or television, Sebastian built a working radio from a collection of junk parts!

SebastianSebastian loved coming to the U-TOUCH Digital Center to study using the Internet.  After ranking #1 in his class for four years and one [...]

10 11, 2015

Trager Watson – Donor Profile

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It’s not easy to succeed in the high-flying world of Wall Street hedge funds.  Trager Watson did that and one better.  With $3,000 and lot of guts he started his own fund and in 6 years built his company to more than $500 million before learning a lot of lessons about managing that kind of torrid growth.  You could say this guy from Arkansas has acquired a lot of wisdom outside the “Natural State.”

After Wall Street, Trager spent some time traveling in Asia and around the US, formulating his personal code for the next chapter of his life:  Live life with a purpose outside yourself.

So when he ran in Deb Plotkin at a charity conference he could recognize the real deal. She enthusiastically shared U-TOUCH and the personal stories of beneficiaries—“as if they were her own children.”  And, she completely astounded him with how much she has managed to [...]

10 11, 2015

My First Visit to Uganda

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While I been involved with U-TOUCH for five years it was not until this past summer that I finally had the opportunity to travel to Uganda. I spent three weeks traveling to each of the five U-TOUCH Digital Centers and meeting the dedicated staff with whom I had been conversing with via email and Skype. My mission for the trip was to provide mentoring and support to the staff on the ground in Uganda. From the warm greeting at the airport by Charles, our former Project Coordinator newly appointed as U-TOUCH Country Director, to the farewell party at the end of our visit, I was enchanted by the grace and warmth of the Ugandan people.

As I traveled to each of the centers to observe classes and speak with the beneficiaries the challenges related to the existing infrastructure became immediately apparent. With roads in poor condition and constant power outages [...]

10 11, 2015

Reflections of Summer 2015 in Uganda

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I went to Uganda, as I do each summer, to bathe my soul in the love and inspiration of the people who have suffered great hardship, yet hold onto hope in the future they are building.  Every year I travel with optimism about the progress I will see and I have always been pleased! But this year was different. I went as a skeptic, determined to take stock of our progress with a critical eye, to look hard for evidence of stalling momentum or shortfalls in our plans.

Women's Empowerment

Well, I was pleasantly surprised at the overwhelmingly positive outcomes of U-TOUCH training in Uganda. All five Digital Centers in Mbale, Pader, Kitgum and Kabale and the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) in Gulu have shown deep impacts in families and communities.  As a result of your support, unemployed young women and men–with their [...]

14 02, 2015

The Power of Peanuts

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Women’s empowerment training has been the most remarkable thing that ever happened to me in the year 2014.

 

Through the training I gained entrepreneurship skills, leadership skills among other skills that I use in my day-to-day life experiences.

 

Thanks to U-TOUCH for giving me a grant of 150,000UGX  [$50] that helped me to resume my peanut butter business. This has greatly increased my financially ability

 

The business generates for me over 50,000UGX everyday and this income helps me to support my family. Unlike other vulnerable women, I am no longer financially dependent and I also employ two other ladies who help me with the processing of the peanut butter.

 

The grant has made me impact on the community by inspiring other ladies and I believe that as I advance I will also employ many other women.

 

I request U-TOUCH to reach out to a lot more vulnerable women out there who do not know [...]
1 09, 2014

U-TOUCH Launches New Women’s Empowerment Program

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Twenty women between the ages of 20 and 30 participated in the U-TOUCH intensive three-week Women’s Empowerment (WE) program, developing leadership, business and technology skills for the Digital Age.
The program was developed to address issues related to women’s rights in the home and in the community, employment and women in business. In a safe and confidential environment young women learned how different the Ugandan culture is with respect to women’s expectations and rights when compared with other countries in the world. By the end of WE training, men were invited to join them and participate in some highly interactive and exciting discussions of the roles and rights of women.

Having access to technology has advanced women’s understanding of their hidden potential and the WE program has empowered them to become ambassadors of women’s rights and the WE program to girls in school and in their villages. WE graduates understand [...]