Gulu U-TOUCH Center

Gulu is a city in the Northern Region of Uganda. The distance from Gulu to Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city, is approximately 210 miles by road. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) sprang up in the 1980’s and Gulu and surrounding communities were the epicenter of violence. Up to 15,000 children, known as “night commuters”, were fleeing into the city for safety every evening.  In 1996, the Ugandan government ordered all civilians in northern Uganda to relocate to internally displaced person (IDP) camps. At one time, an estimated 1.5 million people lived in these camps. In April 2009, all the IDP camps were closed and the people were allowed to return to their villages.

July 2009, in the war-torn northern Uganda region U-TOUCH first invited Gulu schools, including teachers and students to learn and use technology to advance their curriculum. Recognizing the value of technology with the schools , how then, could U-TOUCH help the countless out of school children gain access to an education? How could U-TOUCH make the connection between technology and students school fees. U-TOUCH turned to the older youth out of school to become U-TOUCH certified in computer skills, life skills, entrepreneurship skills, job skills and women empowerment skills. The older youth would become employed or become an entrepreneur. They would earn the income for the family and help pay the school fees putting siblings in school.

As a result, youth are back in school and the community is progressing. From a ghost town, a war-torn region in 2007 following the LRA War, to a currently progressing town, Gulu is soon to be classified as a City and U-TOUCH is in the heart of that growth.

In partnership, the local government has provided U-TOUCH a 5000 sq ft. building where  students including, government employees, teachers, secondary students, doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, farmers, journalists, military, and more study to achieve U-TOUCH Certification advancing their lives and that of their families and communities.