Hackers For Charity Projects
Education and Training
As hackers, we believe that knowledge is power, and one of the best ways to empower those in need is to provide free educational resources and distinct learning paths.
We have worked for nearly a decade with several trusted partners to produce educational solutions that allow anyone, regardless of age, skill or internet connectivity access to quality job skill and technical resources.
These projects include offline education initiatives, security awareness training, computer training classrooms and centers, and STEAM and Maker Training Initiatives.
Disaster Response and Relief
Hackers have donated their skills and resources to disaster relief for decades, often jumping in well before larger organizations can mobilize. We are agile, natural problem solvers with high-tech skills in many areas of technology well-suited to disaster response.
As we’ve organized, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works in disaster response and relief scenarios.
“Hacker” is not synonymous with “criminal”. The overwhelming majority of us are security professionals securing the resources you depend on every day. We are active members of our local communities and once word gets out that we are “computer people” we help our neighbors with our technical expertise as we troubleshoot and repair their tech gear and network setups.
As individuals, we frequently serve our communities in small ways, but as a group, we engage in community service on a larger scale.
We have performed community service projects worldwide. To get involved or learn more, join our community.
Our leather program started as a simple idea to provide job skills to Ugandans that had lost everything in a local village fire. Thanks to the support of the hacker community, we raised enough money to provide food for the victims and rebuild their homes. As donations continued to come in, we realized that our rebuild hadn’t helped long-term since many of the victims didn’t have jobs or skills.
Johnny and Jen used remaining donation money to purchase tools and equipment and they learned leather crafting using materials from a local tannery that had been exporting its leather. Eventually they learned enough to begin teaching and the program grew from there. The program is still in operation today. Read more about our program here.
A great time of high tech, mentorship and dreaming in our Uganda Hackerspace!
The YMCA (“Young Men’s Christian Association") College of Business Studies, Jinja Uganda branch was started in 1962, the year of Uganda's independence. It is located in jinja town, along Jinja-Kampala [...]
What an amazing story! I don't have words. It's better to tell it in the words of our local Uganda staff. Here's the full update from our team in Jinja: NAGAI [...]
As always, and amazing conference that's much more like a family reunion.
This is an interesting post to write because we set up the computer lab at Iganga Senior Secondary in Uganda way back in 2011! Check out that post here. We've come [...]
Awesome news from the HFC Hackerspace, reported by Michelle from the Just Cause Uganda Blog. We borrowed an amazing “Little Bits Workshop Kit” that Johnny, the Hackers for Charity founder [...]