Together with the Centre for Batwa Minorities (CBM), an NGO based in Kampala, Uganda, UN Online Volunteers from around the world are advocating for the rights of the Batwa people and work to empower communities and individuals of this ethnic minority in Uganda.
Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi, one of the NGO’s founders and Head of CBM’s Legal and Advocacy Department, coordinated the organization’s collaboration with online volunteers. Working with the volunteer teams on a variety of projects, Anita feels that the online volunteers have become a part of the organization. “The results of the collaboration were great,” she says, “we were able to accomplish our goals and we are now more visible. Many people have visited our website and asked for more information regarding our work.”
More than 30 online volunteers have worked on projects ranging from researching the human rights situation of ethnic minorities in Uganda, developing successful campaign concepts to protect the Batwa community, drafting proposals, managing and translating CBM’s website, to using social media to promote the objectives of the organization. Meet a few of them below.
CBM is now working on setting up a mobile legal aid clinic to provide advice and representation in courts of law to people in the Batwa settlements throughout Uganda. CBM is also producing a documentary in which the stories and voices of Batwa women and children are recorded and can be heard all over the world.