ABOUT

 

Background

Cater For All (CFA) NPC was conceived in December 2015 and started as an online platform on social media Twitter with the account @CurateLGBTQI. In June 2016 CFA was born and the initiative was running on every online platform with a website (www.caterforall.org.za), a Facebook page (Cater For All) and a Twitter page (@caterforall). With this presence we were able to introduce ourselves to stakeholders around the area to alert them as to the services we provide to the LGBTI community in the area. In April , CFA was officially registered as a non-profit.

CFA operates from Mdantsane in East London and serves the Buffalo City Metro Municipality with hopes of growing and serving the whole of the Eastern Cape, although our online reach does not limit us and we help whenever an issue affects an LGBTI person anywhere in South Arica.

The organisation is currently being run by a Managing Director on a volunteer basis with the support of 5 unpaid board members. We hope to have volunteers who can assist in 2018 as our strategic plan is calling for more people to play a role, and when we can secure funding for running costs we will implement them in.

There is a huge need for this type of organisation in the area that it is based as it is a predominantly black and predominantly Christian and predominantly cultural and all these are detrimental to the LGBTI community as we are often told that homosexuality and gender dysphoria are Western and not African. As thus many injustices happen to the LGBTI community as can be seen with the large amounts of hate crimes against LGBTI and corrective rapes. CFA thus strives for safety and inclusion as well as sensitization of community members with regards to LGBTI.

There is a growing need for organisations such as this in the Eastern Cape but members are discouraged because there is not much funding for initiatives such as this in our poor province. Our services are aimed at the LGBTI Youth demographic, but because of the stigma and fear associated with being LGBTI, that does not mean we do not cater for those who are not youth.

We have successfully hosted the 2016 Cheverolet Feather Awards National LHBTI Dialogues in August 2016 and recently in September 2017 hosted the Screening and Dialogue session of the Academy Award (Oscar) nominated film Inxeba (The Wound). The challenge we still face as an organisation is that of funding, we have no operational costs covered whatsoever.

We try and crowdfund but that is not a guarantee so please check the DONATIONS page for details on how you can help out.

Vision:

Communities free from the injustices targeted towards the LGBTI community

Mission:

Cater For All exists to promote dialogue and sensitization around  issues that affect the LGBTI community

Values:

Teamwork – Work together to maximise the effect we have on the communities

Partnerships – Different CSOs have a wider reach thus we must all get together

Honesty – The communities need to trust in the information we provide

Communication – Very vital because language use on issues is sensitive

Accountability – We must be able to report on progress made

Ethical – Funders, Donors and Communities must trust that we do what we stand for

Celebration – Celebrate the cultural landscape and history of our community

Equality – Create an environment where everyone enjoys the same universal rights

Learning – Facilitate the growth of an inclusive society through continuous learning.

Respect – Cultivate a province that embraces diversity with respect and dignity.

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