The Lyantonde Internet cafe will use low-powered computers that run on solar energy. Systems that use renewable soloar energy are not only more cost effective and reliable, but also naturally sustainable, thus kinder to our world.
HIV/AIDS has claimed much of the productive generation, creating an unprecedented number of orphaned children. Food shortages caused by erratic weather patters have intensified the conditions. Located in rural SW Uganda, Lyantonde is 60 miles from the nearest Internet source, and the innovative solutions it could provide.
Inveneo, a company that has provided communcation and technology solutions to more than 250 rural communities in 22 countries, will be providing and installing the materials for the Internet cafe. Integrated Community Efforts for Development (ICOD) will be administering the space once installed.
FOCUSED ON CREATIVITY
The Internet Cafe will serve as a space for creative multi-media projects to emerge. Workshops in digital photography, audio production, and blogging, facilitated by Ugandan project leaders, will promote new forms of expression and storytelling that can be shared with the world.
FOCUSED ON CONNECTIVITY
A dialogue about foreign aid and development in rural Africa has been taking place for many years that often excluded the voices of rural Africans with local expertise. Internet in rural areas such as Lyantonde will help to bring the imperative voice of the community into that conversation.
FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY
As the Internet helps to strengthen the Global Community, the growing Digital Divide leaves a great number of people on the periphery. If the visionaries of Lyantonde are armed with the tools that will allow their innovative ideas to develop and spread worldwide, they will gain access to additional support networks to improve the quality of life in Lyantonde.