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The Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat) is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. Scat was established on the 11th of November 1984 by Barry Streek, Gordon Young and Di Oliver with the aim to channel funds to rural communities with limited access to resources and experience of marginalization of their human rights.

OUR VISION

A South Africa with vibrant sustainable rural communities.

OUR MISSION

Scat’s mission is to partner with rural community owned agencies in order to improve the quality of life in these communities. Scat works in partnership to support local non-profit community based organisations in development and human rights work in rural communities of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape.

Our 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.

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