Archbishop Desmond Tutu


The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican cleric who became one of the central leaders of the global peace movement, beginning in South Africa “the rainbow nation”.

An outspoken defender of human rights and campaigner for the oppressed, no matter their background, tribe, religion or colour, Desmond Tutu’s eloquent advocacy and brave leadership led to the end of South African apartheid in 1993 and the installation of Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black President.

The Archbishop had dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality and forgiveness among people everywhere. In 1984, Tutu earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts as a global peace maker and now devotes his time with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation to teaching youth the powerful role and voice they play, in creating a more compassionate and peaceful world.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a great man, our Patron, Archbishop Emeritus & Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu.
He is a reminder of the human capacity for solidarity & political action.


Rupert Douglas-Bate


Rupert is an aid worker with over 20 years of experience of project management in both development and disaster relief. His specialisations are water supply, agriculture and micro-economic development, in places like Ethiopia and Bosnia.

In 2003 he founded Global MapAid (GMA) after a fellowship at Stanford University. As a social enterprise, Global MapAid builds maps that show where charities and other gallant responders are working and the gaps in provision where they may like to work. All of which means that donations can be more easily raised and better spent.

Since the UK lock-down, he has brought together a team that has built some amazing maps, to help front line hero responders working on the UK Covid-19 response and help them raise funds to do their work, as they look after patients and others affected by the virus.

Looking ahead, it is Rupert’s dream that out of the Covid-19 pandemic, MapAid can help make maps across the world to benefit humanity and disaster prevention. Click here for more.



Irina Maslennikova

Irina is the volunteer coordinator lead at MapAid. Click here for more.