Private Eye Community Watch Project recently received a certificate at Rhodes University’s Centre for Social Development for the latest course they have completed under the Rural Development Support Program (RDSP) Thandi Bombi reports below.
Private Eye Community Watch Project is an organization which aims to be an agency for social change with various programs to stop drug and alcohol abuse. This project found the RDSP training highly beneficial in their development. “In receiving this training from Rhodes University, we are now able to start operating as an NGO,” said the head of the organization, Ndumiso Nkonki, “This training is very crucial for us as we have found that there is a need for this type of organization in Makana Municipality to help those who are suffering in silence.”
The certificate for training that was attended from 27 to 30 July, 2015 is the last part of the three module course this organisation has completed from the beginning of 2015. The modules, that cover Good governance and structures, Planning and Budgeting and Fundraising and collaboration, are part of RDSP’s attempt to grow this organisation and others alike in effectiveness and capacity by training them in development skills and mentoring them as they implement their numerous anti-poverty programs.
RDSP is an organisation that was started in 1992 with a specific aim to focus on rural development and newly formed non-governmental organisations. “Most of the rural organisations we work with are small in size, struggle to access training opportunities and require assistance in organisational skills,” said RDSP training consultant Nosakhele Mpushe. “We have worked with or trained well over 600 organizations, many of them in remote rural areas. Many have received long-term support through numerous training sessions and mentoring visits and we wanted to do the same in Grahamstown.”
Nonki explained that by completing the training courses, Private Eye Community Watch Project would be able to start establishing itself as a pillar for agency within the community. Following this, the project could begin to branch out to areas outside of Grahamstown, “We are a new kid on the block, our main aim is to establish our offices here in Grahamstown, render these services and then move to other places like Alexandria, Port Alfred King Williams town and the rural areas whereby there are high number of youth and even adults who are abusing alcohol without any help”.
Although Private Eye Community Watch Project is finally operating, they are still without funding and see this course as a step in the right direction to resolve that. “Through the help of Rhodes University and, more specifically, the Community Engagement Centre as the managers of Private Eye we are now able to tell the community that we are equipped with the skills to render services for the Grahamstown community and neighboring towns,” said Nkonki. “Now we can confidently apply to various funders in South Africa to support us in our endeavors and we are grateful that we can finally do that.”