As the finishing touches are about to be put in place, ITEC has assembled a team that will travel to Uganda and set up the IT classroom. Read on to Meet the Team…
As ITEC ramps up its fundraising efforts for OASIS Uganda, the lucky members of staff who will travel to Mbale, Uganda, and install the PCs, monitors and servers the local community has asked for, are preparing for the trip.
Spearheaded by ITEC CEO Nick Orme, the team will travel to Uganda for five days on 20th September, making their way to the remote Mbale community. Consisting of IT professionals, ITEC Engineers and warehouse staff, every member of the team brings a different perspective to the trip.
Currently, the students at OASIS Uganda do not have computers or a connection to the internet. These are two things we take for granted in the UK. With a bit of elbow grease, we’ve hauled a shipping container across Africa and converted it into an IT classroom.
Now, it’s time to meet the team converting it into a modern classroom!
Shaun Cole, Senior Stores Assistant
“I’m looking forward to spending time with the kids there. I’ve got two kids of my own so I know how hyper they can be. It’s going to be interesting being with them.
"I applied to go to Uganda because it’s always something I’ve wanted to do: experience something different to what we’re used to back home. I’m excited about the travel, going to that country and seeing all the towns we drive through.”
Jay Frost, Technical Field Analyst
“I got involved with the Uganda trip because I do a lot of field work with [UK] schools and I thought it would be good to give a little back.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the kids the most, seeing their faces as we turn the machines on. I don’t know if they’ve ever seen a computer or anything like that at all. It’ll be nice just seeing them smile.”
Ricky Beach, Regional Service Director (Southern)
“I’m very fortunate to get to go to Uganda. I didn’t believe it when my name was drawn out of the hat. I must admit, it was all a bit of a shock, so I’m really happy that I get to go and help out. I’ve never been to Africa and this is definitely a first for me.
“It’s very important that ITEC supports programmes like OASIS Uganda. It shows our responsibility not just at home but abroad, and we’re very fortunate we have the resources and time to help out others.”
Tony Davey, Service Desk Manager (Southern)
“I saw this Uganda trip as a chance to do something different and actually make a difference, especially to the children. I have a history with children’s charities and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It means quite a lot to go to Uganda. I’m quite dedicated to my work, dedicated to a lot in life and kids are quite important -- I’m looking forward to helping the children and giving them a bit of what we’ve got in our day-to-day lives.”
If you would like to support the team, you can donate to ITEC’s Light Up Uganda Campaign and help provide non-toxic light sources to children in Mbale...