Gather around, it’s time to read
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.
The poorest place in Uganda
This array of islands has the highest HIV rates in Uganda and the second highest in the world. Kalangula has some of the most unfortunate statistics in terms of health, economics and education. Without basic infrastructure, no electric grid, inadequate roads, very limited health care, this young boy has the numbers stacked against him. The people of Kalangula need our help.
Make a Difference
Uganda girl struggling in remote village
This girl lives in a very remote village in northern Uganda, over an hour drive from Gulu. This farming region, like many rural areas is the last to receive support. They continue to try to rebuild after the LRA war. There have very poor roads and are disconnected. They have great needs, though this area is very difficult to serve. Her poverty is evident. U-TOUCH is there and through its community outreach program is giving hope and services to this child and to others residing in remote areas.
The U-TOUCH Digital Library Center model explicitly works to empower users to fully employ technological tools and content for personal and community benefit. The program equips community members with a mindset of self-efficacy and skill-based education to utilize computers and Internet effectively. Beneficiaries of the U-TOUCH program participate in the community as interns to gain professional experience and collectively marshal forces to effectively tackle community challenges. Examples of these community outreach initiatives include prevention of gender-based violence, family planning, cooperative economic development, water quality and sanitation improvement.
The ultimate goal of the U-TOUCH DLC is to support individuals and communities transitioning from conditions fraught with poverty, poor health, and dependency to a state of good health and economic self-reliance.
There is beauty, when there is hope for the future! A girl living in Kalangula, an island in Lake Victoria with the second highest rate of HIV in the World. Give her access to computers and be connected to world!