U touch executive summary and stories february 2014

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Published on March 5, 2014

Author: JohnConvery



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U-TOUCH provides technology tools and training to enable and advance economic empowerment in disadvantaged regions of the world. Approximately 70% of the world’s population, or 5 billion people, do not have access to computers or the Internet. Over 86% of Africa’s population has no Internet access and many live in the most isolated and impoverished regions. Millions of young women and men in rural Africa are cut off from a world of education, employment and empowerment. U-TOUCH offers a proven, scalable and sustainable solution. Digital Center In 2010, U-TOUCH opened our first Digital Centers in the rural villages of Northern Uganda, a region ravaged by extreme poverty and rebounding from a horrific civil war. Since then, we’ve graduated over 3000 trainees from the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum, while providing a variety of related life, work, health, communication, entrepreneurship and digital art skills. Transforming Lives The results confirm our belief that bridging the digital divide can dramatically improve lives and communities. Using their new IT skills, hundreds of young women and men are being employed for the first time or becoming entrepreneurs. As a result, they are now financially self-supporting with income to provide for their children’s education, nutrition, shelter, household needs and health care. There has been a wide range of other benefits. Local health and medical workers are gaining improved diagnostic and treatment skills, as well as more efficient methods of disseminating critical health promotion information. Local students have improved their academic performance, achieved acceptance to universities and found scholarships. Local farmers have received agricultural information that improves their yields and the nutrition of the whole community. As trainees gain access to the Internet, they build connections with ideas, mentors and employers around the world. Many of our trainees who have shown real mastery have subsequently become interns and trainers in our centers, thereby extending IT-based skills throughout their community. Sustainable and Scalable Impact U-TOUCH has a vision to expand and replicate our model beyond the communities in Uganda. We have plans to expand into Kenya by the end of 2014. We’ve gained unique expertise in establishing our digital centers in challenging regions and we’re evolving our model to have even greater, more sustainable global impact. Our digital centers are becoming hubs that provide NGOs with IT training resources and businesses with trained employees for outsourced transcription, data entry, digital art, computer repair and other services. They will also serve as Internet cafés for tourists and local people. All of these revenue-generating services will help sustain and extend the positive cycle of transforming lives by bridging the digital divide. Partnerships and the Future of U-TOUCH We believe that with the right partnerships, we can dramatically extend the impact to millions of individuals and communities in the developing world. We want to join forces with:    Companies seeking to engage in social entrepreneurship who will provide resources through financial donations as well as through corporate fellows involved in volunteering at our centers providing technology expertise and collaborating with the beneficiaries that we serve. NGOs operating in Africa that could benefit from IT resources for training and operational support, and may have complementary missions or physical facilities to share. Philanthropic organizations and individuals looking to donate to a proven, scalable model that leverages the power of information and communications technology to create opportunity and hope in the lives of the world’s poorest women and men. For More Information: Contact Terry Poletto, Executive Director| | 858.349.7388

Our Stories… Atim Gracious was an unemployed woman from Patongo, about 40 km from Pader. After graduating from the Pader U-TOUCH Digital Center IT training she returned home and, with money from her father, started her own business providing computer training and typing, printing, photocopying, binding and scanning. Her clients include schools, NGOs, churches and individuals from all over the region. “The best decision I ever made in my life was to attend U-TOUCH. My life has been totally transformed and I am self reliant.” Opiyo is a graduate of the Gulu U-TOUCH Digital Center program. Today, he works at a printing company, from early in the morning until late at night. But he loves his job, the skills he’s gained and the possibilities he sees for his future. “I will never forget U-TOUCH for the wonderful transformation it has brought into my life. It has made me who I am. It gave me a spear to go for a hunt, a net to go fishing.” Akanyo was unemployed and dreamed of a better life as a secretary. After completing her training at the Pader U-TOUCH Digital Center, she became a secretary working with the Education Department of the district government. Her responsibilities include managing data for the district and preparing monthly reports. “I encourage everybody, especially the girls, to take this opportunity and learn how to use computers. I was able to get this job because of my computer certificate from U-TOUCH. This job has transformed my life.” Oyella was an unemployed young woman living with her younger sister. She started a small ministry to help children, but it lacked the financial resources to have a tangible impact. After receiving her training at the Pader U-TOUCH Digital Center, she created a Facebook page for her ministry and soon began to receive donations. Today, her organization shelters 200 orphans and other children who are victims of domestic violence, and she plans to expand it. “I live happily because my personal economic situation has improved and I have touched the lives of many people in my area. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Okello was a records clerk in the Ugandan army and produced reports using a typewriter. After receiving U-TOUCH training in Padar, he became the Chief Data Clerk at a military hospital. Now, Okello uses all the computer office and productivity tools he learned at U-TOUCH on a daily basis. He has big plans for his future. “I intend to enroll for a diploma in computer maintenance and networking so that I can provide IT support. Someday, I plan to operate a computer center of my own.”

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