Maendeleo Foundation began in 2007, to provide computer access to low income schools and communities in East Africa.
On our first trip ,we donated and installed two permanent solar-powered computer labs at two schools in Ruhiira, one of the Millennium Village Projects sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Welcome as those labs were, the experience also showed us the limitations of such installations:
- Only students of the two schools had access to the computer labs.
- Neither school had teachers with the experience needed to teach real-world computer skills.
“Maendeleo” means “progress” in Swahili.
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.