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Social Change Assistance Trust


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The Social Change Assistance Trust’s mission is to partner with rural community-owned organisations in order to contribute effectively to rights-based endeavours that improve the quality of life in their communities.

Scat is an award-winning human rights NGO, which focuses on supporting community-based organisations through providing funds, fieldwork support and capacity building. Scat has been in existence for more than 26 years and has an excellent track record in development. Each year Scat typically supports about 60 rural community-based organisations in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, North West and Free State Provinces. In order to qualify for support from Scat, organisations must meet the criteria of being rural, community-governed, accountable and transparent, with women participating at all levels in the organisation and membership open to all in the community.

Scat refers to its partners as Local Development Agencies (LDAs). In most instances these are Advice Offices which, in addition to offering paralegal advice to members of the community, deal with issues of local government service delivery, accessibility of social security, land tenure and redistribution, income generation, job creation, protection of employment rights, women's empowerment and the protection of minority groups in their communities.

Scat was initiated by its three founder trustees subsequent to discussions with members of the Norwegian Government and the Church of Norway who used to visit the country during the dark years of apartheid. The discussions confirmed mutual concern about the high levels of poverty, lack of access to resources and violations of human rights in the country, more especially in rural areas. The Norwegians responded by assisting our founder trustees in the formation of Scat, which they used to channel funding to support the building of a strong civil society, thus making it possible for marginalized rural communities to have some access to resources.

Scat is an independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency. Its vision is vibrant and sustainable communities in rural South Africa. Its mission is to partner with rural community-owned agencies in order to improve the quality of life in their communities. Scat works within a partnership context to support such local agencies in development and human rights work in rural communities of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape and the North West Provinces.

The focus is on human rights, gender equity, HIV, AIDS and local economic development. The rural partner organisations, which Scat refers to as Local Development Agencies (LDAs) are managed by elected members of the communities they serve. LDAs plan according to specific needs in their RURAL community and are held stringently accountable to their communities through their constitution and annual general meetings.

Operates in: Cape Town, Western Cape
Established in: November 1984

Non-Profit Organisation Number: 009-983
Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930013962
Section 21 Company Number:
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Contact person: Fatima Abrahams
Phone: 021 418 2575
Fax: 021 418 6850
Physical address: 3rd Floor, Barry Streek House, 19 Loop Street, Cape Town
Postal address: 3rd Floor, Barry Streek House, 19 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001
Website: www.scat.org.za

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