Maendeleo Foundation was started in 2007, to provide access to computers in low income schools and communities in East Africa.
On our first trip ,we visited Ruhiira, one of the Millennium Village Projects sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where we donated and installed two permanent solar-powered computer labs; in a secondary and primary school. Welcome as those labs were, the experience also showed us the limitations of such installations:
Only students of the two schools would have access to the computer labs, and neither school had teachers with the experience needed to teach real-world computer skills.
“Maendeleo” means “progress” in the Swahili language. We are committed to helping build a productive computer services industry in East Africa, connecting people and information using the latest Internet technologies, and thereby increasing personal incomes and boosting the local economy. In doing so, part of our aim is to set an example for other NGOs, businesses and government organizations to join in and help grow this industry.
Maendeleo Foundation’s mission is to complement the existing education system by making computers available to people of all ages, providing customized training, and encouraging and supporting the formation of Information Communication Technology businesses.
We operate innovative training programs in a network of schools, libraries and communities across Uganda. We cooperate with organizations of similar interests that share our commitment to the promotion of technology for development.
In September 2014, the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom won the SEED Awards 2014 and was recognized as one of the enterprises that is working to a greener economy while empowering people with 21st Century Skills.
Intel funded a case study on Maendeleo Foundation’s Mobile Solar Computer Classroom in early 2009.
In 2009, Maendeleo Foundation won Intel’s “Inspire-Empower Challenge”.
Maendeleo Foundation Co-founder Eric Morrow was recognized as “an American Innovator,” and the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom was showcased, at the 2009 Innovation Economy Conference.