South Africa

Hala Community Advisory Organisation

Hala Community Advisory Organisation is situated in the outskirts of Engcobo in the Eastern Cape and services an area where the Community members are either semi-literate or illiterate. Services in the area are scarce and gender-based violence is rife. There is no access to justice and people end up abandoning their rights due to lack of knowledge or lack of service delivery. HCAO bring hope to those people. Lack of funding is threatening its existence.

Describe in detail what your Organisation does: 

Community Advice Centre providing legal, social advice to Rural community members. Educating women and girls about gender-based violence and providing human rights education to community members.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

2014

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation? 

Funding has been most challenging. We have no funding to run the objectives of the organization

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words: 

Fulfilling, perseverance, hopeful

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them? 

Sangonet, Fundfongos, Phambanotech

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be? 

To get funding and equipment to be able to run the objectives of the organisation

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack? 

I T skills, financial management, leadership, and resource mobilization skills.

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation? 

Ensure that there is funding in place for your objectives before raising people’s hopes for a better life. Ensure that there is a person in the organisation dedicated to resource mobilization.

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be? 

Make it easy to get funding

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links: 

We have been running human rights education awareness campaigns as well as gender-based violence awareness campaigns. We are very proud of our achievements and the work of the advice centre where we give advice and refer and monitor people with legal and social problems.

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use? 

Much needed Organisation

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