Berlin

Berlin Advice office is a registered NPO established in 1991. Berlin AO is operating from Berlin a small peri-urban town within 20 minutes drive from East London in the Eastern Cape. The main reason behind its formation was to serve the people in the neighbouring farming communities with advice and support against the injustices experienced in these farms. They have been very instrumental in encouraging adults in their community to further their studies. To this extent the advice office is running one of the most successful adult literacy programs in the area.  The organization has entered into a partnership with the Department of Public works to create employment opportunities for 120 community members through the Extended Public Works Project (EPWP). This has in a sense become their flagship project. Berlin is also one of SCAT’s longest funded partner organizations. They are currently receiving funding from the Department of Public works, Buffalo City Municipality and SCAT.

Governance and management

The organization is governed by a management committee made of up of 8 members, a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Treasure and 2 additional members.

The staff compliment is made up of 7 staff members and 21 Volunteers. Mr. Vuyani Zatu is the Project Coordinator assisted by an HIV/Aids Coordinator, a Trainer, Office administrator, a Health advisor, a Paralegal and a part-time Bookkeeper.

Main activities of the LDA

Below are the main activities of the organization:

  • Human Rights and Paralegal Services to members of their community and surrounding villages
  • Adult Basic Education and Training
  • Food security projects involving community members
  • Income generation projects for the youth and other members of the community
  • Job creation projects for the youth and other members of the community
  • Home based Care for HIV and AIDS infected and affected members of the community.

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

  • Resolved more than 70% of the legal cases presented to them.
  • Currently benefiting 30 people through the various income generation projects, i.e. Poultry farming, Piggery and Vegetable production.
  • Recouped or saved more than R40 000 of their clients’ monies through their intervention in cases of unfair dismissal, social grants claims, UIF claims, etc.