This is Stephen and I’d like to talk about how the U-TOUCH Digital Library Center, Gulu has benefited me. First of all, I would like to say I completely had no knowledge of what a computer is, in fact I had never even touched a computer since I was born and never thought of learning and using one some day. It was not until, the U-TOUCH project came in place and set up the Digital Library Centers here in northern Uganda that I got the opportunity to learn computer skills and at the moment, I really have substantial knowledge in computer skills and that has greatly impacted my life positively in a number of ways.
On the Island of Kalangula children learn to live without! Though it is only a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland of Uganda, it is incredibly poor. Educational expectations and standards are extremely limited. Children quickly gather around for a rare opportunity to read and listen from a primer.
This sign in a primary school in Gulu says it all. The burdens of an uneducated girl are heavy. With the help of an education a female in Uganda can be liberated from a life of limited possibilities and have the freedom of choice.
U-TOUCH provides computer training, internet access and support to help empower girls and women, as well as men.
A grandmother has lost all of her five children through the LRA war and AIDS. Without any resources, she was desperately tried to provide for her eight grandchildren. Imagine her delight when one of her grandchildren received support from U-TOUCH.
Moses has excelled in school and learned the skills to become a driver. Rewarded and motivated by his learning, Moses continued with his education and is learning to become a mechanical engineer.