Mount Fletcher

Mount Fletcher is an independent, registered community based organisation based in Mount Fletcher within the Elundini Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, 390 km from East London and 166 km from Mthatha.  It was established in 1994 by the community in order to address issues around the then prevailing human rights violation in the area. Their main objective was therefore to educate members of their community on their rights and to empower them to participate in the development of their community.  Mount Fletcher is best known for their credit and savings project which has become a flagship project for the organisation. The scheme encourage women n their community and surrounding villages to save money as a group which can be used  to access credit from the scheme. The funds are then used by the members for their children’s education and household needs. Mount Fletcher was first funded by SCAT in 1995. They have as well received funding from other sources such as the Department of Social development and other government departments.

Governance and management  

Mount Fletcher has a management committee consisting of 9 members made up of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Vice Secretary, Treasurer and 4 additional members. The staff compliment is made up of 6 people with Mr. Elijah Hlathi as Project administrator. The rest of the staff consists of an Administrator, a Paralegal officer and 3 Fieldworkers.

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • Paralegal advice and assistance to clients
  • Educating people about their rights and responsibilities
  • Promoting people’s participation in development in their organizations
  • Forging links and relationship with other organizations to promote people development within poor communities
  • Promoting gender equality and reducing the levels of domestic violence, a
  • Advocating for socio economic development and poverty alleviation.

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Here below are some of the highlights and achievements of the organisation:

  • The credit and savings which was able to raise more than R2m in the last two years benefitting 77 established savings and credit groups.
  • Reached 21 villages and 19 schools in their human rights education and HIV/Aids awareness programs benefitting more than 10 000 community members
  • Handled more than 1200 paralegal cases in the last 12 months.