Lots of exciting things happening around – as recently mentioned the Kabissa project is getting up on speed, in the same time we are also approaching the finish of another project that we internally called HRD, after Human Rights Defenders. It’s a CiviCRM deployment and customisation for Front Line Defenders, a Dublin based organisation working on protection of human rights defenders globally. After Amnesty International decided to go with CiviCRM, Front Line is the second significant case where we’re entering human rights field with our software (or perhaps we don’t know about others?).
It’s really great to hear about every single organisation or grassroots group using CiviCRM, but seeing human rights activists using it makes me personally feel really honoured, especially that I was raised in a country where – during my childhood – human rights were violated by the communist regime. During last few years I also had occasion to meet some people heavily involved in human rights work, hear their stories, got to make friends with some of them, which additionally turned my attention to the importance of this area. Not getting into politics too much, it just feels great that the tool we’re developing leverages the work of this very important group of activists and nonprofits.
That’s it for the philosophy and feelings, let’s get into practical outcomes from HRD project, which might be of interest for much broader group of our users. :-) There is a couple of improvements and customisation, which will probably be introduced in CiviCRM 2.0, but until then, will be available for testing and review in trunk code, if anyone is interested.