20 Dec The Mukatanga Community Based Organization (CBO)
All the projects highlighted on this our website, are carried out under the Mukatanga Community Based Organization (CBO).
Unlike large nonprofit organizations which may have a senior leadership team, the strength of our small CBO for the most part was resting on the initiator’s personal commitment, the goodwill of Katanga local community members, the students and visiting volunteers. As leader Arthur C Kisitu directed the organization, raised funds, wrote grants, gave speeches, and generated a budget for the board.
In the earlier years we were running on pure passion and steam for the survival of the organization. While we won admiration from many well-wishers, we were highly unsustainable. We realized that we would need the support of a vibrant and active core team of Directors to survive.
Our board of directors is not a typical formal board, it is more of a working group (Chairman; Arthur C Kisitu, Project Manager; Bosco Makere and Treasurer; Paul B Kabagambe) supported by project committees (the 20 members of which are all locals) and impassioned volunteers (usually visiting from abroad).
Because of the strong cultural exchange component on which our CBO was founded, last year the Management committee of MUKATANGA CBO recommended a new appointment of Edward Carlisle as External Director of the MUKATANGA Community Based Organization. His appointment was approved by the membership at the Annual General Meeting accordingly.
His appointment carries an ethical (and advisory) responsibility to the organization Leadership. As a mentor, and major fundraiser over the last 5 years, Ed has been at the forefront of steering the organization towards a sustainable future. He oversaw the process of acquiring a piece of land that will accommodate our Tiny house, guest wing and sustainable organic vertical garden. A model subsistence garden, and commercial local chicken farm is underway. The guest wing once opened, could generate much needed income through our Airbnb platform.
In the same facility a digital virtual online class will be revived to continue the children inspired inter-cultural dialogue that we started 7 years ago