When we first had the vision of creating the first library in our remote village of Alwa, Uganda, we dared to dream that one day we would have the privilege of having electricity. Through it all, we held on and kept believing that marginalized children and youth in Alwa would someday have access to adequate educational resources, that they will have room to connect to the outside world through not only books, but technology. Our twelve-year vision has finally come to fruition. Thanks to the generous donations of friends and family, Alwa Foundation was able to raise over $12,000. This has enabled us to purchase and install high-quality solar panels that will offer us the capacity to open one of the first computer laboratories in the village of Alwa.
The onset of darkness will no longer mean an inability to study for students utilizing the educational resources and tutoring services of The Foundation. Teachers now have an extra three hours a day to grade papers and help the students they bring to the library. Alwa Foundation can now embark on its vision to bridge the computer literacy gap through the establishment of one of the first computer laboratory that will provide services to hundreds of children, youth and adults. Our goal is to provide the residents of Alwa with exposure to information technology and enhance their adaptation to a world that is becoming more and more information technology oriented. Once we start offering printing amenities, residents in Alwa and neighboring villages will also no longer have to travel, on average, over 30 miles simply to access printing services. We at the Alwa Foundation are forever thankful and grateful for the generosity of all our friends, family and supporters. We would not have been able to accomplish these mile stones without your continual encouragement and support. Thank you.
PS: Within the next 6 months we will interview patrons of The Alwa Foundation and share with you their stories about their experiences regarding having access to electricity. Please stay tuned.
Lekea Itero (Co-Founder)