The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) and the Brighter Brain Institute (BBI) are sponsoring a project to demonstrate how technology and training can help alleviate poverty and improve education in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in Africa. The project is currently being crowd-sourced at IndieGoGo. Please click on Indie and contribute. Even a small contribution will help build momentum.
The project involves installing a high-speed Internet connection in a newly-constructed LDS chapel in Masaka, Uganda (located 120 miles south of the capital city of Kampala). One of the church classrooms will initially be used for computer training (using laptops and chromebooks). But classes will ultimately include other forms of training including English (the official language of Uganda), solar, aquaculture, gardening, husbandry, etc.
Uganda is a small landlocked country in central Africa (about the size of the state of Oregon) with a population of about 36 million. Because of wars and disease, it has a large orphan population (estimated at over 2,000,000 children). Because the government of Uganda is currently stable, the country has also seen a large influx of refugees from neighboring Congo (DRC) and South Sudan, which brings a significant UN presence.
MTA and BBI are working with other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Uganda that already have a presence in-country. This will help insure the sustainability of the project. The project also has the strong support from the local Mormon leader, President George Akira. The Kampala Mission of the LDS Church is one of the most successful in the world.
Please give. This is a chance to make a difference.