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Africa Co-operative Action Trust (ACAT):
• Africa (the vision is for Africa – starting in South Africa and spreading throughout the continent),
• Co-operative (we work with others in addressing poverty),
• Action (we focus on implementation), and
• Trust (we try to restore trust between man and God, and between people).
ACAT was established in 1979 as a Christian Development Trust, committed to enabling disadvantaged rural people find sustainable solutions to their poverty.
ACAT is a non-denominational, faith-based organisation committed to improving the livelihoods of the poor on a sustainable basis where poverty, resource degradation, malnutrition, unemployment, and HIV and AIDS are widespread.
Our main focus areas include:
• increased food production,
• improved health and nutrition,
• improved income levels,
• the starting of enterprises,
• increased knowledge, skills, capacity, and education,
• addressing the HIV and AIDS pandemic,
• social mobilization,
• strengthening civil society,
• caring for and sustaining the environment,
• spiritual upliftment and transformation,
• how to implement sustainable development programmes.
Our vision is to see ACAT as an instrument in God´s hand in the transformation of the poor of Africa from their spiritual, mental and physical poverty, into a sustainable lifestyle which is God-centred and people orientated.
ACAT´s mission is to design and implement training and mentoring programmes aimed at equipping people to be sustainable in every aspect of their lives, and to influence, motivate and assist others to achieve the same.
Our current interventions focus on four programmes all of which use the "Integrated Livelihoods" programmatic approach:
• Sustainable Agriculture (SAP) to improve the livelihoods of small farmers and their families through low-cost food production methods.
• Entrepreneurial Development (EDP) to enable disadvantaged rural families generate income in a sustainable way through small businesses.
• Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) to provide the necessary education and skills training material.
• Partnership Programme (PP) to train and mentor informal and formal partners to help their target group overcome poverty.
Gerald Dedekind is the Director of the Africa Co-operative Action Trust (ACAT).
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.