BarefootLaw Uganda has been in operation for a few years, but in that time, has built memories, made connections, been honoured with awards and most importantly impacted lives both in the public and within the team of volunteers which formed around the organisation.
BarefootLaw started off as the idea of Gerald Abila, then a law student who thought to himself, 'how wonderful the world would be if everyone had an understanding of the law like the lawyers do?' He created a page on Facebook and started sharing the law he was learning in class with the outside world.
Incorporation and first awards
In this year, BarefootLaw Uganda was incorporated. After the overwhelming reaction the Facebook Page received from the Public, a team of like-minded individuals who gravitated to each other came together to provide whatever support they could put into making the project a success. Some contributed through their skills, others contributed financially and others provided time. A few months after incorporation, BarefootLaw won the Social Media Awards and Abila Gerald Gerald won the Young Entrepreneurs Award for his work in starting up BFL
The year 2014 was a good one for BarefootLaw, it saw the Company which was only just recently formed, become a national sensation and soon after gain global recognition.
BarefootLaw was mentioned in a report by the World Wide Web Website as an example of the ways in which societies are benefitting from the Internet.
BarefootLaw won multiple awards at the Uganda Communications Commisions' ACIA Awards which included prize money of USD$10,000. This prize was very significant for the team because it was the first time it was receiving any form of financing from outside the members, having never been funded. This allowed the team of volunteers to scale up the activities and improve on the service delivery.
Gerald Abila also received recognition from the American Bar Association for his work in founding BarefootLaw and he was named one of the Legal Rebels of 2014, making it the first time a Ugandan lawyer is recognised with this esteemed award from the ABA.
Three members of the BarefootLaw team were fortunate enough to participate in the Law Via The Internet Conference in South Africa where the BFL projects were showcased and its ambitions shared with the other participants. It was a great time of growth through learning and interracting with persons more seasoned in the field of legal information.
In the first month of 2015, BarefootLaw was announced the winner of the Africa Social Media Awards, for Best Facebook Page.
BarefootLaw undertook heavy restructuring for the first part of 2015 in order to streamline roles and the organisation itself having had a growth in workload which led to an automatic need for expansion of the team.
Having created an informal relationship with many legal aid service providers in Uganda, BarefootLaw was
BarefootLaw was awarded the prestigious Innovation Award at the Africa Legal Awards 2015, held in South Africa.
Towards the end of the year, BarefootLaw was also awarded Second Place in the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge East & West Africa which came with a money prize that was used to start up the mSME garage.
BarefootLaw Projects and growth
Our journey has only brought us higher.
Information Technology completely changes the way we analyze and present data. We have embraced new technologies and have ensured that our clients receive cutting edge analytics. As we go on towards the future we intend to exploit the full potential of new technologies to power our services.