The CHURCH ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION (CAST) is a registered non-profit organisation that mobilises and equips local churches for compassionate action among the poor in their communities.
Mobilising and aligning local churches to reach out with practical compassion to empower, transform and redeem communities.
HISTORY & APPROACH
CAST was born out of the community development programmes of three Baptist churches: Westville, KwaDabeka and Noodsberg. Over three decades, these churches had together developed partnerships with a number of schools, clinics and community based organisations in poorer communities. Through these partnerships, programmes to help the poor in these communities were already running when CAST was registered as an independent NPO in 2009 (and subsequently as a Trust in 2011). The existing programmes in the Durban Inner City, KwaDabeka, Cato Manor and Noodsberg were incorporated into the new organisation which began to grow rapidly expanding its scope of programmes and branching into new communities. In 2010, the Masibambisane Center in Cato Manor was incorporated into CAST, followed in 2013 by Transformation Mariannridge (or RidgeCity) and then early in 2014, the outreach programmes of West City Fellowship in Chesterville. All these organisations brought experience, existing programmes, staff and valuable connections into the organisation.
CAST is a registered Trust IT No. 986/2011/PMB. It is also registered with the Department of Social Services as a non profit organisation: 085-077 NPO, and with SARS as a Public Benefit Organisation under Section 30 of the Income Tax Act. Donations made to the organisation are tax deductable under Section 18A (1)(a) of the Income Tax Act.
CAST is now a well-established non-profit with 24 staff and more than 150 active volunteers, serving more than 2500 poor and destitute people each month in nine communities. The organisation is on a solid financial footing and governed by a highly skilled board of directors.
At the heart of CAST’s approach is the belief that the secret to community upliftment lies within the communities themselves, and needs to be unlocked by creating vision, developing quality leaders, and the appropriate use of resources – together with simple and practical programmes that can be implemented by lay people and volunteers. CAST works in partnership with schools, CBOs, and churches to find practical ways to bring positive change to peoples’ lives in their own neighbourhoods. CAST is the critical agent that provides structure and coordination of programmes, maintains the administrative infrastructure, raises funds, and helps to make sure the programmes we provide produce real, long-term transformation and do not cause dependency. All our programmes aim to be “grassroots” by nature, able to be run by ordinary people who are equipped with a basic set of skills through a training programme.
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