Port St Johns

Port St John’s advice office was started in 1992 and is a registered NPO. It is based in Port St John’s which is a small rural town in the former Transkei on the wild coast with 130 villages. The Advice office was established in by a group of local women who were concerned about the massive retrenchments of mineworkers who could not access their employment benefits. The organization went through some very difficult funding situation in funding in 2002 and forced close down but later reopened its doors in January 2004. Its mission is to promote a culture of human rights as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and to provide free legal services to disadvantaged groups.   The organization’s main aim is educate its target group on legal and human rights, social and economic issues, to give free legal services and advice and to assist youth to identify business opportunities and to help them establish businesses. Due to the increase in the prevalence of HIV/Aids the organization found itself having to more and more with HIV infected and affected people, especially orphaned children who were being abused and many child-headed households. Port St John is best known for its flagship project, the Beekeeping project which has been certificated to supply their honey products in one of the leading supermarket in the country. Port St John was first funded by SCAT in 2006 but has well received funding from other funders like, the national Lotteries fund, Foundation for Human rights and the US Embassy.

List of Committee members

The advice office is governed and managed by a committee of 7 members consisting of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and 2 additional members. The staff has 3 people and 12 Volunteers. Ms Nomboniso Gaya is the Project Coordinator assisted by and Administrator and the12 volunteers.

Main activities of the LDA

The main objectives of the advice office are

  • Educating community members on their legal and human rights and socio-economic issues.
  • Provision of care and support to HIV/Aids infected and affected members
  • Provision of paralegal services in the community
  • Engage in programs that address issues of women and child abuse in the community
  • Implementation of LED projects in the community

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

These are some of the highlights and achievement of the organisation

  • 304 Learners and educators received information on Child abuse, rape, children’s rights and responsibilities.
  • 2 project received complete irrigation scheme and 2 projects received piping and seedling and training on  financial management for 12 members
  • More than 700 community members were exposed to various awareness, information dissemination, education and paralegal services in the past year.
  • The Beekeeping project employing 8 people and supplying local shops and a leading retailer in the country.