Tampa and Rwanda Rotarians Build New Computer Lab on Rwanda Campus


Akilah is proud to announce the updated computer lab on our Rwanda campus, with brand-new equipment made possible by a gift from our supporters at Rotary Club of Ybor City in Tampa, Florida!

The importance of this contribution to Akilah cannot be overstated. Very few secondary school students have access to computers by the time they graduate. While computer skills continue to prove an education challenge in Rwanda, Akilah prides itself on a student-to-computer ratio of nearly 1:1.

The government of Rwanda has made Information and Communication Technology (ICT) a skills priority for the country’s development. Rotary’s generous contribution coincides with Akilah’s launch of our new Information Systems major, developed as a response to the country’s priority, and is designed to provide students with the skills and competence needed to use software applications in East Africa’s competitive business environment.


John Dingfelder and Bill Terry, members of the Rotary Club of Ybor City spearheaded the effort to provide modern computing facilities at Akilah. Working together, the Ybor City and Downtown Tampa Rotary Clubs, along with Florida Rotary District 6890, raised more than $10,000 locally. Dingfelder and Terry then worked with Akilah to seek and obtain a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation. The $22,000 total was then sent to their fellow members of the Rotary Club of Kigali for distribution to Akilah.

Read the New Times article about the Akilah-Rotary partnership here.

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