IT Project

Nowadays, the acquisition and the development of IT skills are key factors enabling not only a full integration in our societies but also new working perspectives, especially in the third world.

This is why our charity has launched a dedicated IT Literacy programme at Laroo ADRA school in partnership with Eton College, UK. In fact, within one year we have supported pupils at Laroo ADRA school to:

  • Improve their digital skills through tailored IT lessons run weekly since June 2018
  • Improve their English literacy skills through lessons in letter writing on Microsoft Word
  • Improve collaborative learning and knowledge sharing
  • Acquire useful life skills through technology

We are now fundraising to raise crucial support and funds to enable the pupils of Laroo ADRA to acquire advanced IT skills through a tailored advanced programme that includes the following steps:

  • Step 1: Enable former child soldiers to acquire advanced IT skills
  • Step 2: Children will then pass on their acquired ICT skills to their families by inviting them to the IT hub located at the school and delivering lessons to them
  • Step 3: Together, the children and their families can train their communities in ICT in exchange for a wage

We will implement this project with our local partner the Laroo ADRA school to improve the learning experience and living standards of their 43 hearing impaired pupils out of 800 attending the school.

We are already providing the following to the school:

  • School uniforms and kits for physical education
  • School books and materials including aids specifically designed for pupils with hearing impairments
  • Food by serving posho (made of maize flour, millet flour, or Sorghum flour) and beans
  • Consistent electricity

We will then need to create and set up an IT room. This IT room will host the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10. It is a compact and uniquely designed server that is ideal for small and home offices looking to build their first IT server environment with a form factor that is easy to use.

Regarding the financial projection, we are currently trying to raise £29,250 in order to implement an IT programme for former child soldiers:

  •  £13,150 will support the IT cost
  •  £13,000 will support the management cost
  •  £2,000 will support the solar panel cost including electrical wiring and labour cost
  •  £1,100 will be dedicated to renovation costs

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Aid workers’ role: encouraging development in poor countries

Stressing the great work of aid workers around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked them for their unfailing support of people in vulnerable situations. He also pledged his support to people affected by crises, as the 2017 WHD campaign – #NotATarget – focused on the role of conflict in affecting millions of civilian lives. I am Somebody’s Child Soldier (IamSCS) wants to join Mr Guterres in giving credit to aid workers for their tremendous efforts, as the 19th of August marks World Humanitarian Day (WHD). What better way to pay tribute to their vast contribution than to review the type of work international organisations and agencies are doing?

How to achieve reintegration for post-war Ugandan children

Despite the end of the 20-year Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in Northern Uganda, challenges remain and the fighting has not been forgotten. Ugandan former child soldiers have been returning home since the conflict has moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. However, some of them are still struggling to find their place in their communities. In the eyes of many people, while former combatants were once victims of armed groups, they remain soldiers who killed innocent men, women and children and ignored the pain and bloodshed they caused. In the strategy to improve this negative image, international organisations, policy-makers and humanitarian actors play an important role.

The young deaf people in Uganda

Even though the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has stopped abducting children in Uganda since 2006, some remain captive in other parts of East Africa by the LRA while some suffer from the aftermath of a lengthy brutal period. Indeed, very few of those who participated in the war and were associated with armed forces and groups are now healthy persons.

For all of these children who are now young people, the current situation is particularly complicated. Almost none of them have received a basic education and not all of them have been welcomed back to their former homes or accepted by their communities. Many of them are poor and are suffering from a physical and/or a mental disability. Even worse, some children have become deaf as a result of the war – their hearing impairment mainly due to the actions of the LRA that forced them to become soldiers or to perform other roles on the battlefield such as those of porters or spies in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Child Labour in Uganda

In Uganda and especially in Northern Uganda, children have suffered from civil unrest since the early 1980s. For instance, they were killed, raped, mutilated and/or brutalised in the rebellion against the Ugandan government by the movement of the Lord Resistance’s Army (LRA). They were also used as child soldiers in this armed conflict which, according to International Labour Office (ILO) convention No. 182 (1999), is one of the worst forms of child labour. 

Refugees in Uganda: a safe haven

Every year, June the 20th marks World Refugee Day. As people across the globe appreciate the strengths and hope of refugees, I am Somebody’s Child Soldier (IamSCS) wants to illustrate the situation of refugees in Uganda where an average of 2000 individuals have been fleeing to everyday for nearly a year.

Reintegration of girls and women after their experiences in fighting forces and groups

Girls’ and women’s experiences within fighting forces and groups

When a conflict erupts, a number of girls and women are abducted to perform tasks for fighting forces or groups while others join the armed opposition as an opportunity to meet their basic needs and as means of protection. Moreover, in an armed-conflict society, girls and women are exposed to more violence, especially sexual violence than boys and men. Northern Uganda, where the war against the civilian population began in 1986, was no exception. Girls and young women were abducted, especially during 1993 and 1994 when the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) gained power as an offered sanctuary by the government of Sudan.

Protection of Children Associated with Armed Forces And Groups: what international law says

When participating in a war, children are denied their rights in various ways; they are abused, neglected, deprived of education and healthcare and, in some cases, forced to witness the killing of innocent civilians and loved ones. In response to this worrying situation, international law has been taking action in favour of those rights since the late 1980s. This blog concentrates on the body of law and policy that has been most influential in protecting the rights of children associated with armed forces and groups.

Profile of Children Associated with Armed Forces And Groups

IamSCS works in Uganda where the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was founded 30 years ago. This armed rebellion – which has been widespread in East Africa – has killed at least 100,000 people, has driven 2.5 million people from their homes, and has forced 100,000 children to fight or act as porters, cooks, messengers, informants, spies or even as ‘wives’ of rebels. These children have emerged as central figures of this war as they constituted 90 per cent of the LRA’s soldiers. Worldwide, 300,000 children are estimated to be active in armed groups. Although we can refer to a “child soldier” as any person below the age of 18 who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, the more accurate term to describe these individuals is Children Associated with Armed Forces And Groups (CAAFAG), since not all of them are used as soldiers. This blog presents their profiles.

Mental illness in Africa: Let’s talk about ways of healing

In African communities, individuals suffering from mental illness are often thought of as posing a risk of violent behaviour, which indicates that they are victims of discrimination, misconceptions and stereotypes.

As a result, people affected fear to talk about their mental health issues and to seek out proper treatment. More often, members of their communities deny them their right to treatment, as was discussed in our blog “Mental illness as an enormous disease burden in African societies”.