City software developers create phone app for African charity

Jonathan Haddock (right), with Dave Stedman of APF explaining the app to pastors from Uganda and Kenya

Two software developers from Canterbury have given up 250 hours of their time to help create a mobile phone app for a Christian charity which works in Africa.

Jonathan Haddock and Michael Berry, both members of Canterbury Baptist Church, produced an app for solar-powered Android devices.

Called “eVitabu” after the Swahili for books, the app will provide Christian teachings and practical skills on topics such as agriculture to remote communities in east Africa.

The work they carried out was for the African Pastors Fellowship (APF) charity.

Jonathan, who works in IT for local government, said: “When APF approached us with the vision for the app, it was clear that such a tool could address several needs faced by rural communities across Africa in a new way, with the potential to have a long-lasting impact.

“It was therefore exciting to be part of project that could have a life-changing impact.”

APF launched the eVitabu app at a three-day training conference in Uganda where the durable Android tablets were given to 57 church pastors from eight east African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pastors there can now browse and download the searchable library of content before going into remote parts of the continent to teach and support other pastors and congregations.

New content can be accessed and downloaded almost anywhere using a mobile phone as a wifi hotspot.

Dave Stedman, chief executive officer of APF which is based in Canterbury, added: “APF resources and enables African Christian leaders of all denominations to minister effectively through the local church.

“eVitabu has the potential to enable thousands of rural church leaders to access great quality training material possibly for the very first time.

“We’re so grateful to Jonathan and Mike for investing their time and skills to make our vision a reality.”


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