Leeuw Gamka Community Guardians

Leeu-Gamka Community Guardians  was established on 7 March 2008 situated in a small rural town called Leeu-Gamka, in the Central Karoo, approximately 355 kilometres north-east of Cape Town.  The objective of the organization was to improve the socio-economic conditions in their community. As the organization received many rights based queries such as evictions and labour issues, it decided to establish a paralegal advice office in 2011. The office rents space from the local primary school. Leeu-Gamka has a population of approximately 5000 residents of which the majority is female. The level of unemployment is extremely high, as well as alcohol and drug abuse. The organization therefore strives to better the lives of the poor and vulnerable people in their community by engaging in projects and programs aimed at addressing the aforementioned social ills. They are currently receiving funding from the Department of Health to carry out a Home Based Care program, the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s project, a Food security project in Leeu-Gamka and Merweville and an HIV/Aids counseling and support program.

Governance and management

The organisation is governed by a 6 members drawn from the community. The committee is made up of Chairperson, vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 additional members.

The staff complement is made up of 8 people and an additional 2 Volunteers. Ms D Olyn acts as Project Manager assisted by 2 Office administrators, a Field worker, 2 Cooks and 2 General workers.

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • A feeding and after school care program for orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Offering Para legal advice to members of the community.
  • Home base care for chronic patients in the community.
  • Support for HIV/aids infected and affected individuals including HIV/Aids testing and counseling.
  • Social crime prevention

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some of the organisation’s highlights and or achievements.

  • Had a two year mentorship agreement with NACOSA for capacity building within the organization and funding for the HIV/AIDS support group program. 
  • Provides food for at least 50 children within the community.
  • Provides support to 30 Orphaned and Vulnerable children within their community.
  • Managed to resolve farm workers cases