SUPPORT AND VOLUNTEERING
DONORS & OTHER SUPPORTERS
Human rights will never be a self-funding enterprise. We depend absolutely on our generous donors, volunteers and other supporters.
We enjoy and rely enormously on the support of local and international volunteers and typically have about six working with us at any one time. Our Annual Reports list all those who help us each year. People interested in working with us are invited to visit our volunteering page.
For both the day-to-day operations and our projects, we depend on financial support. Our work is highly labour intensive, with our Programmes – advocacy, information, paralegal, research, outreach and children’s rights – depending critically on the employment of full-time staff to campaign, give presentations and briefings, undertake research and provide services and information.
We are therefore particularly grateful to those donors who have provided substantial core and Programme support, including:
- HIVOS (since 1996)
- Embassy of Finland (from 2006)
- Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V. (EED) (since 2002)
- Norwegian Church Aid (since 1993)
- Danish Centre for Human Rights (DANIDA) (1993-6)
- Save the Children, Sweden (since 2005)
- Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights
- Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Other donors who are currently or have in the past supported our work and projects are:
African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
American Embassy, Botswana
American Women’s Association
Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
Botswana Council of Churches (BCC)
Botswana Network of Aids Service Organisations (BONASO)
British Council, Botswana
British High Commission, Botswana
Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI)
French Embassy, Botswana
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung [Foundation] (FES)
Mr Phillip Hudson
Human Rights First (was Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights)
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Kenyan Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
Ministry of Health, Government of Botswana
Minority Rights Group
Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NiZA)
Open Society Initiative & the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
Ms Ann Peacock
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
The Saami Council
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights
Women's Affairs Department, Government of Botswana
We have also received considerable support for our annual Human Rights Film Festival.
Your DONATIONS are more than welcome!
Your donation can help DITSHWANELO to help others through our work in Botswana. Your contribution will allow us to protect and inform people about human rights. All the work which we do - from giving free legal and social advice to people who are too poor to afford to visit lawyers; to ensuring that cases which will make a difference to the lives of many people are taken to court; to helping to protect people who are too poor to protect their own rights as well as speaking out on behalf or those who are not able to speak out for themselves - we are only able to do because of donations, such as yours.
You can make your contribution to DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights by post/mail or by bank transfer.
PLEASE PRINT OUT THIS FORM, FILL IN AND FAX, POST OR E-MAIL TO OUR OFFICE BELOW. IF YOU ARE SENDING A CHEQUE PLEASE MAKE IT PAYABLE TO 'DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights.'
I would like to support the work which DITSHWANELO is doing in Botswana. I am enclosing my gift made payable to DITSHWANELO in the amount of:
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Your contribution may be sent to:
DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights
Private Bag 00416
Tel: 267 390-6998
Fax: 267 390-7778
For any queries please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Bank Transfer
Account Name: DITSHWANELO
Account Number: 9013553
Name of the Bank: Barclays Bank of Botswana
Name of the Branch: Mall Branch
Swift Code: BARCBWGX
Branch Code: 29-01-67
VOLUNTEERING WITH DITSHWANELO
DITSHWANELO relies on the support of volunteers in many areas of our work and we greatly welcome volunteers from within Botswana and internationally. Many of our international volunteers are lawyers seeking experience of human rights law, others bring skills such as fundraising and communications, research, website and IT skills, etc.
We do not run a formal programme or promote specific volunteer roles – because we can make good use of almost anyone willing to offer their time.
All you need do is: send or bring us your CV and let us know when you will be available and we will let you know the possibilities.
Typical roles which volunteers have undertaken recently include:
- Research and drafting of documents, particularly reports. Recent examples include the State’s adherence to international instruments, a book on the process of the death penalty case of Maauwe and Motswetla, and compilation of information for a “Know your Law” booklet on refugees.
- Drafting the Annual Report.
- Assistance in organising, transcribing and reporting on DITSHWANELO’s seminars and workshops.
- Helping to organise our annual Human Rights Film Festival.
- Monitoring and analysing media coverage of human rights issues.
- Preparing fundraising proposals.
- Helping prepare project and programme reports to donors.
- Representing DITSHWANELO at meetings and activities.
- Supporting aspects of the Paralegal Programme’s client work.
- Managing the website.
- Providing administrative and logistical support to all Programmes.
What volunteers have said:
“I am working for DITSHWANELO for two years (2005-7), funded by Skillshare International. Working here is the first time I have worked for an NGO and it has opened my eyes to a whole new sector. By being involved in fundraising for all aspects of the organisation and drafting the Annual Reports, I have learnt a great deal about human rights issues. I have also met all sorts of people I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to do. And, of course, I have had the chance to live in and travel all over Botswana. DITSHWANELO is a small organisation in which volunteers have a very real chance to use their skills to make a difference.”
Ms Robyn Cox, UK
Other information in brief:
Time period: Any length. We have volunteers for anything from 2 days to several years.
Full / part time: Either – we welcome those who have any time to spend, provided you are able to make meetings with us during the normal working day.
Payment / expenses: DITSHWANELO tries to raise funding for minimal expenses to be paid to volunteers, to cover cost of public transport and lunch. International volunteers typically seek funding for their placement from universities, etc., within their own country.
Office accommodation: Most of our volunteers work with us in our offices, but others work from home and come in for meetings.
Residential accommodation: Unfortunately DITSHWANELO does not have any sort of guesthouse or accommodation. Sometimes we may know someone willing to share, but volunteers should assume they will need to find their own accommodation. International volunteers may find accommodation through some of the volunteer-placement organisations based in Gaborone, such as Skillshare (UK & Australia), DED (Germany)…
Transport DITSHWANELO is close to the centre of Gaborone and very close to combi (bus) routes, it is therefore easy to travel to and from by public transport.