Africa Development Promise – Uganda

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With its focus on women’s empowerment in Uganda’s Wakiso District, ADP will apply funding to electric sewing machines and seamstress training.

This will enable women to either start their own tailoring business or form clothes making cooperatives. Funds also will be directed to develop computer literacy.

Training classes will be established with newly-purchased computers for the women to learn basic computer skills, standard software packages like word processing and accounting, and web-based learning. Computer literacy coaches from the Makerere University will work with the women. Additional educational training will be focused on the youth in the community with afterschool computer literacy training.

Of the 111 districts in Uganda, Wakiso District is one of the poorest. It has the largest district population with over two million people and is constantly growing as new people move closer to the city in search of work. To support local entrepreneurship, Africa Development Promise (ADP) is advancing women farmers from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by establishing a series of cooperatives and training centers focused on management, networking, and technology skills.

In 2018, the ISV Education Committee awarded ADP $50,000 with the support of IEEE Power & Energy Society to create a series of digital literacy and vocational training programs supporting young adults and local schools. The funding has enabled expansion of the agriculture and entrepreneurial centers to house vocational training programs and new computer labs with internet access and support for young entrepreneurs.

Through Makerere University, ADP will offer internship opportunities for students to serve as computer literacy coaches. The training center will be open to all who have participated in training so that users can maintain their new skills and realize the benefits of the training. ADP will also partner with two local middle schools to provide access to the training center for their students to build their computer literacy skills.

Community Impact Data

Population to be reached 2000 households
Desires expressed by local community Improved education, youth vocational training, better transportation, improved healthcare
Number of schools 1 elementary, 5 primary, 3 secondary
Numbers of students per school 100 to 1000 per school, average 375 per school
Immediate needs of schools Electricity, ICT classes, textbooks, after-school programs, English & literacy, water, sanitation, internet access
Adult literacy rate Men: 70% | Women: 65%
Jobs to be created IT, solar installation, carpentry, construction, tailoring, sewing, embroidery, adult education, healthcare, social work
Technologies provided IT training center for adults and schools, vocational training materials