24th September 2020

Donation of computers to children in Uganda

As a rehab, we are used to supporting people who are looking for help to begin a life in recovery from addiction. But our clients aren’t the only people we like to support. Although we’re a charity, we still like to fulfil our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) so that we can have a positive impact on both our local community and those further afield where possible.

In recent years Broadway Lodge has supported many local projects. For example, we’ve worked with our local neighbourhood association to deliver news booklets to over 200 homes nearby. We’ve also helped with litter picking in Weston-Super-Mare as well as beach cleans and supported a local bike project.

As part of the 12 Step ethos of giving something back, Broadway Lodge continues to look for opportunities to empower or help communities where we can make a difference, much like the 12 Steps offers our clients the opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

Our latest CSR contribution has been a donation of six refurbished desktop computers to the Gulu Team Initiative which operates many miles away in the East African nation of Uganda. The aim of Gulu Team Initiative is “to enhance the capacity of young people in school and in the community through digital training, by encouraging a healthy relationship with technology to improve social inclusion” (taken from the Gulu Team Initiative website). Many schools in the northern province of Gulu do not have access to computers but through this scheme, they hope to receive donations of computers which will enhance the capacity of youth in Gulu. The IT equipment, coupled with teaching, will give children the knowledge and skills to access the digital world. Ultimately, Gulu Team Initiative want to help pupils to live positive, productive lives with more of the opportunities that so many Western children take for granted.

Following our computer donation, management at Gulu Team Initiative expressed thanks and gratitude for the equipment and promised to keep us updated on the progress of the children in the rural schools in Gulu. We’re really looking forward to hearing about how they benefit from the IT equipment.

Broadway Lodge CEO David, and Head of Treatment and Counselling, Markkus, are pictured above with two of the computers heading to Africa. For more information about Gulu Team Initiative you can visit their website here.