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Patrick, one of our beneficiaries, shares how StartUp! training helped him to meet his vision of being self-employed.
Patrick is a resident of Hima village Lakwana Sub County Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is 25 years, married to one wife with two children. He confided in us, his facilitators, that he always admired being self-employed but this only came to reality after acquiring business knowledge and skills from DOT's StartUp! training.
During the training, he says he learnt so many things among which was how to come up with an ideal business idea and after plotting his business ideas on the…
In this blog post, Sofatita shares how the ReachUp! program changed his ambition, and in turn, his community.
My name is Sofatia, from Kibuku District. I was born to poor parents who abandoned me at the young age of 12. Faced with this reality, I had to struggle on my own from primary school, right up to college where I studied electrical installation. As destiny would have it, during my last year of school, the institute hosted guests from Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) who were partnering with Nkozi Agri-Business Training Association to train students a package of 25 modules in the ReachUp! program,…
As part of a move for a better sustainable livelihood for farmers in Northern Uganda, DOT Uganda Country Program Manager Ms Natalie Kimbugwe and Intern Support Assistant Don Oringa paid a visit to witness facilitation in progress and have a one-on-one interaction with the beneficiaries of the Rangoonwala project in Gulu between 17th to 21st of January.
What an exciting experience it was visiting our participants who are currently undergoing the Rangoonwala project and witness first-hand what impact the project has had in their lives thus far.
One of the success stories that stood out was a farmer group who have ventured into the candle making business to supplement their farming activities. With the knowledge acquired from module 5, Design your value preposition, they make mosquito repellent candles by adding lemon-grass oil to the candle …
For 10months, DOT Uganda Interns trained farmers in northern Uganda on how they can access information and communications technology platforms to help them improve their livelihoods. To mark the end of their internship journey with DOT and also hone the skills they had acquired overtime, the Interns, along with some DOT Uganda staff on December 12th 2015, paid an inspirational visit to Dr. Emma Naluyima’s farm, a smallholder farmer and a private veterinarian focusing on clinical medicine and herd health. This blog is an account of some of the projects visited.
“If you can’t keep time, then you can’t keep money” was the notice that greeted us through the entrance to Dr. Naluyima’s training room on that morning of 12th December 2015. This gave an impression of how orderly she was, no wonder she has been able to run a number of projects quite effectively.
The purpose of the farm visit was to inspire and help the Interns discover the unexplored opportunities in agriculture, which they could harness after their DOT internship.
DOT’s StartUp! program is providing lifelong skills to farmers to help overcome the long lasting effects of the war in Northern Uganda and poverty through the market access and the Rangoonwala Foundation projects. The training has been eye opening to farmers, helping them understand their farming as a business venture and breaking prejudice about farming.
Despite the staggering effects of the long war in Northern Uganda, DOT Uganda's StartUp! program is making strides in the farming industry. In the time when the bulk of Northern Ugandans were living in displacement camps, farming was not an option because of security. Later on, most Ugandans took up subsistence farming for survival and not for commercial purposes that could finance all their other needs. This resulted in increased dependence on the government and donors. Years after the end of…
Many times we have read beautiful stories of resilience, success and empowerment from our program participants, Interns and anyone who has ever attended DOT training. In one of my networking events however, I interacted with one youth Ernest, who attests to the fact that despite the fact that he didn't make it to being a DOT Intern, the few weeks he spent taking the online assessments with DOT coupled with the different blogs he has read on the DOT website have changed his perspective and taught him three lessons which have never left him the same person. This blog unveils these three lessons.
There are emails that are forwarded to you and you wonder why someone wasted your inbox space. There are those that you get and all you do is thank God for the person who forwarded them to you. In January 2014, someone forwarded to me an email that had information about an Internship opportunity with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Uganda.
In photo: Ernest at his workstation now as an I-serve volunteer with Kampala City Council Authority
The first thing that crossed my mind was that DOT…
It is one thing for us to deliver training to thousands of youth and marginalized communities, but it is another when someone whose life we have impacted reaches out and shares what impact our training had in their lives. One such life is Paul, an alumni participant who shares how ReachUp! training changed his destiny for good and put him on the road to changing lives of other youth as an Educate! Fellow and through his youth-led development agency, Tinkasoft International.
My name is Paul. When I was graduated from Alokolum National Major Seminary - Formation House Gulu (an institution where boys are trained in academics, spirituality, sociology, and pastoral work) back in 2007, I was looking for work. I put in as many applications as I could, and I also volunteered but was never hired. I was tired of working for food but thought maybe that was my destiny and I just wasn't qualified. In my heart of hearts, I knew I had potential & determination. I needed a…
12th August marked International Youth day under the theme: Youth Civic engagement, to ensure youth are economically engaged in their communities. DOT Uganda had online engagements in celebration of the day, under hashtags: #DOTYouthDay #YouthDay #YouthNow. Here is a recap of what transpired within DOT and other youth focused organizations. Enjoy!
This project is a partnership with Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) and SINFA Uganda. It will impact 1,620 farmers in northern Uganda, one of the poorest regions in the world, through OctionX, a web-based system. Two months into facilitation, DOT Uganda Intern Samson recounts in a picture blog what has been happening in some of the implementation areas – Awach and Paicho sub-counties in Gulu District.
Interns addressing farmers (seated) during the inception meetings
Mode of transportation: Interns riding to meet with the farmers
Using ICT as an enabler, the farmers are engaged in an ICT training (left), Walter, a DOT Uganda Intern, guiding the farmers (right)
Part of the training also involves training farmers on how to…
With eradicating gender inequality being part of DOT Uganda's mission, a two-day Training of Trainers (TOT) on GALS (Gender Action Learning System) methodology was held in Gulu. GALS is a community-led empowerment methodology that aims to catalyze and give women as well as men more control over their lives so they can support a sustainable movement for gender justice. This blog seeks to give more insight into GALS.
A consortium of DOT Uganda, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), and Stitching Internet Now Foundation for Africa (SINFA) Uganda are currently implementing the Oxfam project Accelerating Market Access for Rural Farmers through ICT in Northern Uganda. The group held a two-day gender training workshop from 26th-27th June 2015, specifically using the GALS Methodology as facilitated by Community organization for Rural Enterprise Activity Management (CREAM) Uganda.
John Opira, a…
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