Catholic Workers Movement is a translation from German language for Katholische Arbeitnehmer Bewegung (KAB).
KAB was founded by Bishop Wilhelm Emmanuel Freiherr von Ketteler (1811 – 1877) in Germany in 1846.
Those who read the history of Europe are aware that in the 19th century, Europe was at –ross roads mainly because of socio-economic factors. It shall be recalled that between the 14th and 17th centuries Europe experienced a wave of dramatic changes and new ideas in Art, literature and science. This period is commonly known as RENAISSANCE. This culminated in the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. This is the time when many people in Europe rushed to towns (rural – migration) to seek jobs in factories
In Uganda CWM was started in 1995 with support from werner reiter and some active members of the Diocese of Regensburg in Germany. It was first introduced in the Diocese of Masaka, Kampala, Kiyinda Mityana, Jinja and Hoima.
Each Diocese had different partners in Germany and the relationship was at diocesan level between Uganda and Germany.
In 2008, we had our first Delegates Assembly and the first ever National Executive committee was held. In 2009 Ernst Bodenmueller came the first time as an expert from Germany to give technical, administrative and management support, supported by Aktion Hoffnung
In 2012, Dr.Birgit Galenman came to Uganda with Help of DGRV and introduced Savings and Loans Associations, with a unique methodology which has attracted many members to join in. After six years we have more than 200 CW-SLA groups which are working well.
Currently; we have a clear reporting systems; with clear organization structure, project standards and core values. We are operating in twelve Dioceses, with 6700 members, 176 base groups, 42 women groups, 57 CW-Youths groups and 211 CW-SLA groups