Coope, Uganda, Information & Communication Technology Center

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  • My Goal:
  • $70,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $13,435
  • # of Donations:
  • 33
$13435 of $70000 goal
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Coope is a small, rural community located in northern Uganda.  This area is still emerging from the recent, devastating 20-year conflict between the insurgent Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan government forces.

The Acholi people of northern Uganda suffered from the atrocities of this war, including murder, torture, mutilation, and child abduction.  Many Acholi were displaced, and much of the area became an internally displaced persons camp.

The Coope community members are now trying to rebuild their lives and provide a better future for themselves and their children.

In an attempt to meet this goal the community established an information and communication technology (ICT) center in 2007.  However, resources were scarce and ultimately the very modest operation was unable to remain in the rental space it occupied.  The center closed several years ago.

The Coope community has formed a partnership with the NGO, BOSCO-Uganda.  This organization focuses on providing innovative ICT solutions to foster socio-economic development and peace-building efforts in rural communities in northern Uganda.  In April of 2014 the Puget Sound Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA PSP) entered into this partnership. The mission of EWB-USA is to build a better world through engineering projects that enable communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The ICT project aims to empower the community, and particularly its youth, by developing computer training, as well as training in other life and professional skills.  The center will serve as a focal point for the community, accommodating educational, social, cultural and recreational activities.  A community leader has generously donated a plot of land on which to build this facility.

The Seattle chapter of Architects Without Borders (AWB) joined the partnership later in 2014.  The goal of AWB is to collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects. The partners are now actively engaged in the design of the building.  Some of the aspects being addressed are overall layout, structure, power systems, water & sanitation, and landscaping.

In 2016 the Seattle-based organization Kilowatts for Humanity joined the team.  This group has been implementing international rural electrification projects since 2009 and has contributed significantly to the solar power design for the building.

Sustainability, in all its aspects, is at the core of the design activities.  This emphasis on sustainability ensures the economic viability of the center and the various programs it will sponsor.

The current plan is to begin construction in 2017 and a fundraising campaign is currently underway.  The Coope community has been making and storing the bricks that will be used in the building and has begun raising money.  However its means are very limited and an estimated additional $70,000 is needed.

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Coope is a small, rural community located in northern Uganda.  This area is still emerging from the recent, devastating 20-year conflict between the insurgent Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan government forces.

The Acholi people of northern Uganda suffered from the atrocities of this war, including murder, torture, mutilation, and child abduction.  Many Acholi were displaced, and much of the area became an internally displaced persons camp.

The Coope community members are now trying to rebuild their lives and provide a better future for themselves and their children.

In an attempt to meet this goal the community established an information and communication technology (ICT) center in 2007.  However, resources were scarce and ultimately the very modest operation was unable to remain in the rental space it occupied.  The center closed several years ago.

The Coope community has formed a partnership with the NGO, BOSCO-Uganda.  This organization focuses on providing innovative ICT solutions to foster socio-economic development and peace-building efforts in rural communities in northern Uganda.  In April of 2014 the Puget Sound Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA PSP) entered into this partnership. The mission of EWB-USA is to build a better world through engineering projects that enable communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The ICT project aims to empower the community, and particularly its youth, by developing computer training, as well as training in other life and professional skills.  The center will serve as a focal point for the community, accommodating educational, social, cultural and recreational activities.  A community leader has generously donated a plot of land on which to build this facility.

The Seattle chapter of Architects Without Borders (AWB) joined the partnership later in 2014.  The goal of AWB is to collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects. The partners are now actively engaged in the design of the building.  Some of the aspects being addressed are overall layout, structure, power systems, water & sanitation, and landscaping.

In 2016 the Seattle-based organization Kilowatts for Humanity joined the team.  This group has been implementing international rural electrification projects since 2009 and has contributed significantly to the solar power design for the building.

Sustainability, in all its aspects, is at the core of the design activities.  This emphasis on sustainability ensures the economic viability of the center and the various programs it will sponsor.

The current plan is to begin construction in 2017 and a fundraising campaign is currently underway.  The Coope community has been making and storing the bricks that will be used in the building and has begun raising money.  However its means are very limited and an estimated additional $70,000 is needed.

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Puget Sound Professional Chapter

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